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NCAA Division I-FBS
Vanderbilt University Rankings
Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.75 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.75 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.74 responses
Most Popular Majors
Liberal Arts and Humanities268 Graduates
Social Sciences197 Graduates
Political Science and Government107 Graduates
Mathematics & Statistics99 Graduates
Neuroscience and Neurobiology92 Graduates
Mechanical Engineering80 Graduates
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering70 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is pretty big.93 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.115 responses
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Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.57 responses
Vanderbilt University Reviews
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.
Vanderbilt students are required to stay on campus all four years, with the exception of some seniors. I love this rule because I think it creates a strong sense of community. The freshman dorms are amazing! All the freshman stay on the same part of campus called "The Commons." It consists of ten houses which are the dorms and the Commons Center, which holds the dining hall, a minimart, the gym, and study rooms. An esteemed faculty member is chosen for each of the houses, and they stay in the houses with the students and serve as "The Head of House." I really enjoyed living on Commons because I think it truly helps with the freshman adjustment. You get to live separately from the rest of campus with everyone in your class, and it's comforting to be with everyone else who's is brand new, unfamiliar and going through a lot of the same things as you are. It also helps to foster strong friendships because everyone is located so close.