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-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
1420-1590
ACT Range
32-35
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes
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Cost

Net Price
$23,150/ 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
    $3,482/ year
  • $30-48k
    $4,750/ year
  • $49-75k
    $8,451/ year
  • $76-110k
    $14,577/ year
  • $110k+
    $32,921/ 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.76 responses
29%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.75 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,817Undergrads
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 57 responses
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  • Ambitious
    28%
  • Talented and intellegent
    28%
  • 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.94 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.116 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 56 responses
Report
  • Southern school with Ivy League standards
    43%
  • Work hard, play hard
    34%
  • Awesome
    11%
  • Shallow
    5%
  • A study in contrasts
    4%
  • 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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I am admitted to the school of nursing in preparation mode for classes to begin. The organization of the program is excellent with details, ease of navigation, accessible to staff and professiors, and the provide so many resources for your success! They have thought of everything, so I can prepare to the fullest and once on campus, I will be able to focus on learning and achieving my degree.
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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.