Vanderbilt University.

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN4 year degree
Acceptance rate

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University (informally Vandy or VU) is a private research university in Nashville, Tennessee. Founded in 1873, it was named in honor of shipping and rail magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt, who provided the school its initial $1 million endowment; Vanderbilt hoped that his gift and the greater work of the university would help to heal the sectional wounds inflicted by the Civil War.Vanderbilt enrolls approximately 13,500 students from the US and over 100 foreign countries. It is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity". Several research centers and institutes are affiliated with the university, including the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center, and Dyer Observatory. Vanderbilt University Medical Center, formerly part of the university, became a separate institution in 2016. With the exception of the off-campus observatory, all of the university's facilities are situated on its 330-acre (1.3 km2) campus in the heart of Nashville, 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from downtown. The Fugitives and Southern Agrarians were based at the university in the first half of the 20th century and helped revive Southern literature among others. Vanderbilt is a founding member of the Southeastern Conference and has been the conference's only private school for a half-century.Vanderbilt alumni, faculty, and staff have included 53 current and former members of the United States Congress, 18 U.S. Ambassadors, 13 governors, ten billionaires, seven Nobel Prize laureates, two Vice Presidents of the United States, and two U.S. Supreme Court Justices. Other notable alumni include three Pulitzer Prize winners, 27 Rhodes Scholars, two Academy Award winners, one Grammy Award winner, six MacArthur Fellows, four foreign heads of state, and five Olympic medallists. Vanderbilt has more than 145,000 alumni, with 40 alumni clubs established worldwide.


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 6,856 students
  • 0.91 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at Vanderbilt University

Fine Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Fine Arts, Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, and Accounting.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

3,415 students out of 31,462 applicants were accepted into Vanderbilt University. They had an average SAT score of 1515. 34% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 74% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Vanderbilt University was $47,664. After taking into account the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for students was $67,392.

Financial aid available at Vanderbilt University

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

65% of undergraduate students at Vanderbilt University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Vanderbilt University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Vanderbilt University was of $15,584 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,294.

Diversity at Vanderbilt University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017