Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt, founded in 1873, is a private university. Programs are offered through the College of Arts and Science, the School of Engineering, the Peabody College and the Blair School of Music. Its 330-acre campus is located in the University Center section of Nashville.

Website: www.vanderbilt.edu/

Private
Co-ed
6,871
Undergraduate
Students
(50.5%) 3,470 Women
(49.5%) 3,401 Men
5,716
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate
11% of 32,442 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 1

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.80
SAT Math
700-790 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
700-760 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
32-35 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$67,344
Tuition and Fees
$49,816
Room and Board
$16,234
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$50,356
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$23,973
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
956
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 29% of classes
10-19 students: 38% of classes
20-29 students: 14% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 6% of classes
Over 100 students: 2% of classes
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Campus Life

Nashville Population
624,496
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Nashville, TN
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
90% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Commodores
Sororities
50.8% of women participate
Fraternities
37% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.5% American Indian/Alaskan Native
13.4% Asian
9.9% Black/African-American
9.9% Hispanic/Latino
5.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
55.4% White
5.5% Unknown
International Students
7.1% from 47 countries
First-Year Students Returning
97.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
85.9%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Most Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT I or over 29 on the ACT; about 30% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 3 4
Foreign Language 2  
Social Studies 2 3
History 1  
Academic Electives 3  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required January 1
SAT Only Considered if submitted January 1
ACT Only Considered if submitted January 1
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT Considered if submitted January 1
SAT Subject Tests Only Considered if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: No policy as of now
ACT: No policy as of now

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
 
City, State, Zip
Nashville, TN 37240-1001
Phone
(615) 322-2561
Fax
(615) 343-7765
E-mail
admissions@vanderbilt.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 1
Application Fee
$50
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 1, January 1
Early Decision Notification
December 15, February 15
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
3 required for all freshmen
Other
3 letters of recommendation (2 from teachers in core subject areas and 1 from counselor) required for freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
11% of 32,442 applicants were admitted
Women
10% of 18,419 applicants were admitted
Men
12% of 14,023 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
1,710 (49%) of 3,487 admitted students enrolled
Women
891 (51%) of 1,756 admitted students enrolled
Men
819 (47%) of 1,731 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
24% of 3702 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
71

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.80
3.75 and Above
69%
3.50 - 3.74
19%
3.25 - 3.49
8%
3.00 - 3.24
3%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49
 

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
700-790 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
76%
Score of 600 - 700
19%
Score of 500 - 600
5%
Score of 400 - 500
1%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
700-760 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
80%
Score of 600 - 700
15%
Score of 500 - 600
5%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
32-35 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
91%
Score of 24 - 29
7%
Score of 18 - 23
2%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 87%
Top quarter: 97%
Top half: 99%
National Merit Scholar
14%
Valedictorian
6%
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
32%

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$67,344
Tuition and Fees
$49,816
Room and Board
$16,234
Books and Supplies
$1,294
Other Expenses
Not reported
Payment Plans
Prepayment plan, installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
finaid@vanderbilt.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 1
Award Notification
On or about April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 003535
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
1,097 (68.3%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
873 (79.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
865 (99.1%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
865 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$50,356
Need-Based Gift
Received by 849 (98.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $48,559
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 376 (43.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $2,595
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 77 (8.9%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
134 (8.3%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $23,629

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
3,878 (56.6%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
3,441 (88.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
3,416 (99.3%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
3,416 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$49,242
Need-Based Gift
Received by 3,379 (98.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $47,294
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,718 (50.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,008
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 205 (6.0%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
695 (10.1%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $24,444

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
21%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$23,973
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
3.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
1.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Nursing loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Agriculture
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Community Service, Leadership
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Local/State Students, Members of Minorities, Veterans, Veterans' Children
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,386
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Ancient Studies/Civilization
  • Anthropology
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Brass Instruments
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry, General
  • Child Development
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Cognitive Science
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Science
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Economics, General
  • Education, General
  • Education, Other
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Engineering Science
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • European Studies/Civilization
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • History, Other
  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Keyboard Instruments
  • Latin American Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Molecular Biology
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, Other
  • Neuroscience
  • Percussion Instruments
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Policy Analysis, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Russian Studies
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Stringed Instruments
  • Voice and Opera
  • Women's Studies
  • Woodwind Instruments
Most Popular Disciplines
Social sciences, Engineering, Interdisciplinary studies
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Business administration, engineering, nursing, English, French, German, history, Latin American Studies, mathematics, philosophy, political science, psychology, and medicine, health and society
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
956
Part-Time Faculty
269
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
75%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 29% of classes
10-19 students: 38% of classes
20-29 students: 14% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 6% of classes
Over 100 students: 2% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 20% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 47% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 32% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 1% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 0% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
4,741,036
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
Not Reported
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Medical Physics, Master of Science, Master of Public Policy, Master of the Education of the Deaf, Master of Science in Clinical Investigation, Master of Divinity, Master of Laws, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Arts, Master of Education, Master of Engineering, Master of Laboratory Animal Science

Master's Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Acute Care/Critical Care Nursing
  • Adult Nursing
  • Allopathic Medicine
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Anthropology
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biophysics
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Cancer Biology/Oncology
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Civil Engineering
  • Classics
  • Clinical Research
  • Communication Disorders
  • Computer Science
  • Counselor Education
  • Developmental Biology
  • Economic Development
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Educational Policy
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • English Education
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Studies
  • Finance and Banking
  • Foreign Languages Education
  • French
  • Geology
  • German
  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Health Physics/Radiological Health
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • Higher Education
  • History
  • Human Development
  • Immunology
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • International and Comparative Education
  • Latin American Studies
  • Law
  • Liberal Studies
  • Management Strategy and Policy
  • Marketing
  • Materials Sciences
  • Maternal and Child/Neonatal Nursing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Physiology
  • Nurse Midwifery
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Nursing and Healthcare Administration
  • Nursing--General
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Organizational Management
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Portuguese
  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Public Health--General
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Reading Education
  • Religion
  • Science Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Theology
  • Theoretical Chemistry
  • Urban Education
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Women's Health Nursing
  • Writing

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Audiology, Doctor of Medicine, Juris Doctor, Doctorate in Medical Physics

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Acute Care/Critical Care Nursing
  • Adult Nursing
  • Allopathic Medicine
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Anthropology
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biophysics
  • Cancer Biology/Oncology
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication Disorders
  • Computer Science
  • Counselor Education
  • Developmental Biology
  • Economic Development
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Policy
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • English Education
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Studies
  • Foreign Languages Education
  • French
  • German
  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Health Physics/Radiological Health
  • Higher Education
  • History
  • Human Development
  • Human Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • International and Comparative Education
  • Law
  • Materials Sciences
  • Maternal and Child/Neonatal Nursing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Physiology
  • Multilingual and Multicultural Education
  • Nurse Midwifery
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Nursing and Healthcare Administration
  • Nursing--General
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Organizational Management
  • Pathology
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Pharmacology
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Portuguese
  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Policy
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Reading Education
  • Religion
  • Science Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Theoretical Chemistry
  • Urban Education
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Women's Health Nursing

Location and Setting


Nashville Population
624,496
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Nashville, TN
Campus Size
330 acres

Weather

Temperature
26.5 average low in January, 86.5 average high in September
Rain
119 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
4 mile(s) from campus in Nashville
Nearest Train Station
168 mile(s) from campus in Dyersburg

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
90% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
10%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Commodores
School Colors
Black and gold

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Bowling x x    
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Golf x x x x
Lacrosse x x    
Soccer x x    
Swimming And Diving x x    
Tennis x x x x
Track And Field x x    
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Bowling x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Golf x x
Lacrosse x x
Soccer x x
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Bowling    
Cross-Country Running x x
Golf x x
Lacrosse    
Soccer    
Swimming And Diving    
Tennis x x
Track And Field    
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
sand volleyball, softball, ultimate Frisbee

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities
Sororities
50.8% of women participate
Fraternities
37% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus, Navy ROTC is offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
6,871
Women
3,470 (50.5%)
Men
3,401 (49.5%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
6,817
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.5% American Indian/Alaskan Native
13.4% Asian
9.9% Black/African-American
9.9% Hispanic/Latino
5.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
55.4% White
5.5% Unknown
International Students.
7.1% from 47 countries
Average Age
19
All Graduate Students
5,716

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
97.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
85.9%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
90.5%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
92.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Business 1%
Law 7%
Arts and Sciences 20%
Medicine 4%

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