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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-
2101 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37240
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Southeastern Conference
From Vanderbilt University

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
10%
SAT Range
1450-1560
ACT Range
33-35
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$23,596/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$43,796/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
72%

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
55%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.87 responses
28%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.86 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,789Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
72
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
15%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 64 responses
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  • Talented and intellegent
    33%
  • Ambitious
    25%
  • Rounded
    20%
  • Smart not nerdy, very friendly.
    8%
  • Lazy but intelligent
    6%
  • Pre-professional
    3%
  • Hot nerd
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
67%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.105 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.127 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 67 responses
Report
  • Southern school with Ivy League standards
    46%
  • Work hard, play hard
    33%
  • Awesome
    9%
  • Shallow
    4%
  • A study in contrasts
    3%
  • Hip
    1%
  • Lazy
    1%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $69,000/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    94%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    94%
    National
    83%
    89%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.57 responses

    Vanderbilt University Reviews

    1,266 reviews
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    I've very much enjoyed my time here! My favorite thing about this school is the collaborative environment. You never feel alone here, and you'll find professors and friends who will support you through thick and thin. The liberal arts education is amazing because I've been exposed to so many new topics that I would've never studied otherwise. Although I'm here to get into medicine, I've developed a love for studying French, and this school has helped me pursue my passions in both fields.
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    What I love about Vanderbilt is the commitment to creating a meaningful & memorable experience. Ever since stepping foot on campus - when I was met by my freshman Head of House and the Move Crew - I've been supported and welcomed. I've been encouraged to pursue my interests in and outside of the classroom and attended countless events.

    Sometimes it feels like there are too many things to get involved in, especially with the weight of academics on our shoulders, but not everyone experiences this the same way. One of my favorite things is the identity centers like the Women's Center, Black Cultural Center and KC Potter (LGBTQ) Center who provide students with fun and informative programming and the comforts of home. Plus, can you ever go wrong living at an arboretum?

    I mean this honestly (but always a little ironically), Anchor Down!
    Once you graduate, you'd give anything for another week on campus with your friends, just the way you remember it. Certainly there are areas for the university to improve, but I'm proud that students here wanted to push for changes and talk about issues that mattered to them. I had the ability to build a "custom" academic experience, generally had very small classes and really genuine connections with faculty and grad students. I miss the incredible opportunities to bond with strangers who became best friends, to try new activities and clubs that welcomed me like family and I miss Grin's Vegetarian Cafe, most of all.

    At Vandy students went all out at everything we did, whether it was studying, being creative, pursuing our passions and certainly partying. This is what made Vandy such a memorable place, was that people put their all into everything, and it really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get to experience four years there.