Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN 37240


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Medium
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 12,587
Religious affiliation None
Students with disability 9%
Student to faculty ratio 8:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 6,039 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Vanderbilt University is one of the most selective institutions in its admission process in the U.S. In Fall 2016, it received 32,442 applications and only 3,487 students were granted admission. Vanderbilt University is at the #9 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 67% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 38% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT1420 to 1590
ACT32 to 35

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Vanderbilt University's tuition was $44,496 for all students regardless of residency (66.1% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 68% of Vanderbilt University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 14% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,471 (which is 1.6% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Vanderbilt University in 2016-2017, was 204, which is 13% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $4,899 (which is 16.9% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Vanderbilt University has enrolled a total of 12,587 students (11,834 students full-time and 753 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 12,587 students, 218 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 46% men and 54% women and 6,871 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 5,716 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 96 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 57%

Non-resident alien: 11%

Asian: 9%

Black/African American: 8%

Hispanic: 7%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 4%

Two or more races: 4%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Vanderbilt University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Legal Professions And Studies 18% 662
Education 9% 318
Social Sciences 7% 272
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 7% 245
Health Professions And Related Programs 5% 192 0
Mathematics And Statistics 4% 142
Theology And Religious Vocations 3% 128
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 3% 119
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 3% 116
Psychology 3% 115

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Vanderbilt University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Campus Location

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Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Vanderbilt University.

Belmont University
1 mile away
Meharry Medical College
1.3 mile away
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1.5 mile away
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1.6 mile away
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2.5 mile away
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