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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B-
About Vanderbilt University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Southeastern Conference
Address
2101 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37240
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Vanderbilt University includes four undergraduate schools and six graduate schools situated on a beautiful 330-acre campus located in the heart of Nashville, TN. The excellent academic rigor, vibrant campus life, and an urban location attract exceptionally talented students from around the world, consistently earning Vanderbilt a top-20 ranking from U.S. News & World Report. Vanderbilt's 6,900 undergraduate and 5,700 graduate students from more than 90 countries are immersed in interdisciplinary research, teaching, and experiential learning that are at the heart of the Vanderbilt community.

Vanderbilt University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
January 1
Acceptance Rate
11%
SAT Range
1440-1570
ACT Range
32-35
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$23,295/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $1,168/ year
  • $30-48k
    $6,043/ year
  • $49-75k
    $11,146/ year
  • $76-110k
    $14,814/ year
  • $110k+
    $34,694/ year
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Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
7:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
80%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.75 responses
51%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.80 responses
29%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.79 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,805Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 61 responses
Report
  • Talented and intellegent
    28%
  • Ambitious
    26%
  • Rounded
    20%
  • Smart not nerdy, very friendly.
    8%
  • Lazy but intelligent
    7%
  • Pre-professional
    3%
  • Nerdy
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
70%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.98 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.120 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 60 responses
Report
  • Southern school with Ivy League standards
    43%
  • Work hard, play hard
    33%
  • Awesome
    10%
  • Shallow
    5%
  • A study in contrasts
    3%
  • Hip
    2%
  • Lazy
    2%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $64,500/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    92%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    93%
    National
    83%
    89%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.57 responses
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    Vanderbilt University Reviews

    1,205 reviews
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    Vanderbilt is an incredible institution that clearly cares about their students! I've felt safe, supported and cared for all four years that I've been here. The students and faculty are kind, prolific, brilliant and compassionate.
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    Amazing faculty, incredibly bright and motivated student body, gorgeous campus, nice dorms, friendly and collaborative campus culture, all in a great college town. So happy I chose Vanderbilt!
    Recalling my time there, the housing is still my nightmare. The housing they provided is just horrible. Plus, students have to live on campus for four years. The rooms are ridiculously small and noisy. Well, as far as I know, Carmichael Towers were not the worst. Some housing around Alumni Lawn are even smaller and have the problem of bugs.
    The academics are great but demanding. Your GPA could be low if you are not careful. The professors are responsible and approachable. Well, the quality of education is pretty good.
    The social scene is famous for being cliquey. If you are a minority student or international student who cannot get into greek life, your social life is going to be boring.
    Hence, if you come from a mid-size city and comfortable with greek lives, you might have a great time there. For those coming from a big metropolitan, preferring to stay in, are light sleepers and not fans for greek life, I would not recommend this school to you.