Vanderbilt University

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School Overview

Vanderbilt University (also known as Vandy) is located in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Founded in 1873, this private research university is named for rail and shipping magnate “Commodore” Cornelius Vanderbilt. Though he had never been to the south, he gave a $1 million endowment in the hopes that his contribution and the university’s work would help heal wounds caused by the Civil War.

Vanderbilt has around 12,000 students who come from all 50 U.S. states as well as over 90 foreign countries. It has six graduate and professional schools in addition to its four undergraduate schools. There are also multiple institutes and research centers that are affiliated with Vanderbilt, including the Dyer Observatory, freedom Forum First Amendment Center, the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (the only level 1 trauma center in central Tennessee.)

Except for the off-campus observatory or the satellite medical clinics, all of Vanderbilt’s facilities sit on its 330-acre campus located only 1.5 miles from downtown in the heart of Nashville. Although it has urban surroundings, the campus is a national arboretum featuring over 300 different species of shrubs and trees.

There are notable alumni and affiliates of Vanderbilt which include Academy Award winners, Pulitzer Prize winners, seven Nobel Prize Laureates, 25 Rhodes Scholars, and two Vice Presidents of the United States.

General Information

Admission Office

2305 West End Avenue

Nashville, TN 37203-1727

(615) 322-2561

(800) 288-0432

Fax: (615) 343-7765

Contact: John Gaines

Director, Enrollment Management
Main Address

Nashville, TN 37240

(615) 322-7311


Total undergrads: 6,637

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,569

Degree-seeking undergrads: 6,598

Graduate enrollment: 4,194


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $50

Online application fee: $50
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 25%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 97%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $35,278 $37,005 $38,578 $39,930 +3.50%
Books and Supplies $1,140 $1,208 $1,292 $1,344 +4.02%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $11,446 $12,028 $12,650 $13,058 +3.23%
Other $1,970 $2,062 $2,198 $2,302 +4.73%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $49,834 $52,303 $54,718 $56,634 +3.50%
In-state Off Campus $36,418 $38,213 $39,870 $41,274 +3.52%
In-state with Family $36,418 $38,213 $39,870 $41,274 +3.52%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $38,952
In-state Student Fees $386
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $38,952
Out-of-state Fees $386

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 967 62%
Grant or scholarship aid 895 57% $28,512,184 $31,857
• Federal grants 175 11% $1,130,905 $6,462
• Pell grants 126 8% $438,333 $3,479
• Other federal grants 158 10% $692,572 $4,383
State/local government grant or scholarships 210 13% $1,151,853 $5,485
Institutional grants or scholarships 861 55% $26,229,426 $30,464
Student loan aid 422 27% $2,251,925 $5,336
• Federal student loans 413 26% $1,604,575 $3,885
• Other student loans 46 3% $647,350 $14,073

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 2052 1384 616
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 51 5
African-american/black Studies 1
American/united States Studies/civilization 10
Asian Studies/civilization 2
East Asian Studies 9
European Studies/civilization 10
Latin American Studies 7 5
Women’s Studies 12
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 112 21 81
Biochemistry 3 5
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2
Bioinformatics 6 2
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 17 1 9
Cell/cellular and Molecular Biology 5 12
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 6
Human/medical Genetics 3
Microbiology 1 5
Molecular Biology 46
Molecular Physiology 1 6
Neuroscience 43 17
Oncology and Cancer Biology 1 9
Pathology/experimental Pathology 1 3
Pharmacology 10
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 428 2
Accounting 42
Business Administration and Management 224 2
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 37
Finance 57
Human Resources Development 8
Investments and Securities 1
Management Information Systems 2
Marketing/marketing Management 22
Operations Management and Supervision 12
Organizational Behavior Studies 23
Communication and Journalism Programs 47
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 47
Computing and Information Sciences 17 10 6
Computer Science 17 10 6
Education 83 158 38
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 30
Curriculum and Instruction 3
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 9
Education 11
Education, Other 1
Education/teaching Of Individuals With Hearing Impairments Including Deafness 2
Educational Leadership and Administration 15
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision 6
Elementary Education and Teaching 21 14
Higher Education/higher Education Administration 20 14
International and Comparative Education 14
Mathematics Teacher Education 2
Music Teacher Education 9 3
Reading Teacher Education 5
Secondary Education and Teaching 17 17
Special Education and Teaching 16 42 3
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 5
Engineering 275 60 28
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 50 15 4
Chemical Engineering 29 1 6
Civil Engineering 38 18 4
Computer Engineering 19
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 28 14 8
Engineering Science 52
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering 10 2
Mechanical Engineering 59 2 4
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 97 13 10
Creative Writing 4
English Language and Literature 97 9 10
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 149 17 5
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 15 4
French Language and Literature 26 2
German Language and Literature 5 1 1
Portuguese Language and Literature 2
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 3 1
Russian Language and Literature 3
Spanish Language and Literature 97 8 3
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 401 165
Adult Health Nurse/nursing 70 6
Audiology/audiologist 11
Audiology/audiologist and Speech-language Pathology/pathologist 3
Clinical Nurse Leader 5
Clinical Nurse Specialist 9 2
Critical Care Nursing 51 4
Family Practice Nurse/nursing 44 8
Health Services Administration 25
Health/health Care Administration/management 1
Health/medical Physics 7
Maternal/child Health and Neonatal Nurse/nursing 29
Medical Scientist 26
Medicine 118
Nurse Midwife/nursing Midwifery 17 2
Nursing Administration 19 4
Nursing Science 4 3
Pediatric Nurse/nursing 41 1
Psychiatric/mental Health Nurse/nursing 19 2
Public Health 17
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other 1
Speech-language Pathology/pathologist 17
History 76 5 2
History 64 5 2
History, Other 12
Human Services 10 28
Community organization and Advocacy 15
Education Policy Analysis 13
Public Policy Analysis 10
Legal and Law Studies 28 204
Law 204
Programs For Foreign Lawyers 28
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 24
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 24
Mathematics and Statistics 77 11 2
Mathematics 77 11 2
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 139 1 4
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology 1
Cognitive Science 14
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 117 1 4
Science, Technology and Society 7
Physical Sciences 63 20 37
Chemistry 31 7 22
Geology and Earth Science 15 4
Materials Science 8
Physics 17 9 7
Psychology 129 21 15
Community Psychology 5 3
Developmental and Child Psychology 42
Psychology 87 16 12
Social Sciences 609 43 17
Anthropology 10 1 2
Development Economics and International Development 1
Economics 206 29 7
Political Science and Government 139 6 5
Social Sciences 215
Sociology 39 6 3
Theology and Religious Vocations 82
Divinity/ministry 40
Theology/theological Studies 42
Visual and Performing Arts 92
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 19
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 2
Film/cinema/video Studies 15
Fine/studio Arts 14
Keyboard Instruments 3
Music Theory and Composition 2
Music, Other 23
Percussion Instruments 1
Stringed Instruments 9
Voice and Opera 3
Woodwind Instruments 1
Work and Family Studies 26 8
Child Development 26 8
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B
American Studies B
Central/Eastern European Studies B
East Asian Studies B
European Studies B
German Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Regional Studies B
Russian/Slavic Area Studies B
Spanish/Iberian Studies B
Western European Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Studies B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General Performance B
Music – Piano/Organ B
Music – Voice/Opera B
Music Theory/Composition B
Stringed Instruments B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B
Molecular Biology B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B


Early Childhood Education B
Education – General B
Elementary Education B
Secondary Education B
Special Education B


Biomedical Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
French B
German B
Romance Languages B
Russian B
Spanish B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Classical/Ancient Mediterranean/Near Eastern Studies B
Cognitive Science B
Language and literacy studies B
Mathematics and science studies B
Medicine, health and society B
Natural Sciences B
Neuroscience B
Science, Technology & Society B

Philosophy & Religion

Jewish/Judaic Studies B
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Applied Economics B
Development Economics B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B
Urban Studies B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Vanderbilt University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(615) 322-7311
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
Address:2101 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37240
Setting:Rural: Distant
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:12,587
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):93%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:8 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*:12,298 (98% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$45,610
Out-of-state Tuition:$45,610
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:68%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$40,382

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Vanderbilt University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Vanderbilt University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies71
Biological and Biomedical Sciences41215
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services101
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services111
English Language and Literature/Letters121
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences12
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics654
Health Professions and Related Programs1212
Legal Professions and Studies2
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Mathematics and Statistics111
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies411
Philosophy and Religious Studies322
Physical Sciences343
Public Administration and Social Service Professions12
Social Sciences555
Theology and Religious Vocations2
Visual and Performing Arts13
Grand total1709949

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Vanderbilt University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Health Professions and Related Programs1
Grand total1

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Vanderbilt University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,294

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid1,09668%
Grant or scholarship aid1,02464%$40,382
Student loan aid21914%$7,901

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid4,41764%$39,081
Federal student loans93214%$5,959

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Vanderbilt University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Vanderbilt University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants32,44214,02318,419
Percent admitted100%12%10%
Percent admitted who enrolled5%5%5%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Vanderbilt University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment12,587
Undergraduate enrollment6,871
Graduate enrollment5,716

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Vanderbilt University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (CLNUR) - Clinical Doctorate
    • Nursing (CLNUR) - Clinical Doctorate
    • Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
  • Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
    • Nurse Midwifery (MIDWF) - Basic certificate and graduate nurse-midwifery education programs for registered nurses
  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS)
    • Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
    • Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theology
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RADTT) - Programs for radiation therapists
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education
    • Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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