A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    C+
Vanderbilt University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Southeastern Conference
Address
2101 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37240

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

Acceptance Rate
13%
SAT Scores Range
1430-1580
ACT Scores Range
32-34
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
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Test Scores and GPA for Vanderbilt University

Cost

Net Price
$22,173/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $6,905/ year
  • $30-48k
    $6,052/ year
  • $49-75k
    $8,620/ year
  • $76-110k
    $16,018/ year
  • $110k+
    $33,006/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
8:1
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.73 responses
29%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.72 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,778Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
14%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 54 responses
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  • Ambitious
    30%
  • Talented and intellegent
    26%
  • Rounded
    19%
  • Smart not nerdy, very friendly.
    9%
  • Lazy but intelligent
    7%
  • Pre-professional
    4%
  • Hot nerd
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
71%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.91 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.113 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 53 responses
Report
  • Southern school with Ivy League standards
    43%
  • Work hard, play hard
    34%
  • Awesome
    9%
  • Shallow
    6%
  • A study in contrasts
    4%
  • Hip
    2%
  • Lazy
    2%

After Vanderbilt University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$60,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
93%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.57 responses

Vanderbilt University Reviews

1,156 reviews
All Categories
If you are a driven person who is willing to work hard, Vandy is a great school! All the classes and people here are so interesting and unique. Students can get really stressed though, and while the university is trying to combat that, at some times it feels like everyone is over-scheduled, over-worked, and just kind of sad. School spirit can be lacking.

Student health is also not great. I know many people who have went to student health, not had their conditions treated, and ended up hospitalized. It's nearly impossible to get an appointment for the psychological counseling center within a reasonable time frame. Also, it's third in the country for something you definitely do not want to be third in the country for: sexual assaults.

There are many great things about the school, and I've had some great experiences. But these are things I would still consider before deciding to go here.
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Vanderbilt is an excellent place to continue your education. It is easy to find your place at this school because the environment is amazingly friendly and welcoming. Greek life is huge here and many people get involved. The weather is usually mild and the faculty is great. The food is ranked in the country, and as a sophomore, I still enjoy it. Anchor Down! This school is not without flaws, however. The campus is pretty divided racially. There is no malice, but it is clear that intermingling between races only truly occurs in the classroom. That is one thing this school could improve.
It is a great school, but very challenging! The grading scale seems to be harder than other schools of its caliber. Sometimes classes seem overly difficult but there is not a substantial curve or grade inflation as is seen with other Ivy's or pseudo-Ivy's. The social scene is very dominated by Panhellenic and IFC Greek life. It is multicultural in the sense that are very several different backgrounds and races, but the different races often don't interact, so it can feel somewhat segregated. I wouldn't recommend the school for engineering majors because the department is not that developed or renowned.