Vanderbilt UniversityVanderbilt University is considered one of the top private research universities in the nation. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, the school’s roots date all the way back to 1873, when it was founded by Cornelius Vanderbilt. Today, with nearly 6,900 undergraduates, they offer 68 majors for undergraduates in four separate schools: the College of Arts and Science, the School of Engineering, the Blair School of Music, and the Peabody College of Education and Human Development.

Vanderbilt admissionAlthough the 330-acre campus is located in the urban center of Nashville, Vanderbilt University prides itself on the beautiful surroundings, including a national arboretum that has over 300 different types of trees and shrubs. The unique atmosphere is also aided by the many student organizations on campus. More than 500 registered student organizations help students become involved in a variety of extracurricular activities (including academic societies, sports teams, and community service.)  Greek life is also very popular among Vanderbilt students, with roughly 30% of men affiliated with a fraternity and 48% of women affiliated with a sorority. Undergraduate students are also brought together through dorm life, because most undergrads are required to live on campus. Vanderbilt is currently going through a revamp of their living arrangements. Over the next several years, communal buildings will be constructed, in which students will live, eat and take advantage of study rooms all in one location.

Vanderbilt admissionsAnother significant aspect of Vanderbilt’s student culture is the Honor Code, which began with the class of 2002. The university was founded with the idea of an honor system, in which every student was dedicated to the ideals of honesty. At the beginning of every school year, each Vanderbilt class attends the Honor Code Signing Ceremony. Each student pledges their honor to uphold the values of honesty and signs the code. The signed pages are displayed in the Sarratt Student Center, marking one of the few times when the entire class is able to gather together.

Vanderbilt does have a strong sports presence, which is surprising given the small size of the school. The most popular sports are men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s basketball. Each of these teams plays at Memorial Gym, which was built Vanderbilt in 1952. The school’s spirit is known as “Memorial Magic.” While the football team has struggled in recent years, the sport is still taken seriously among students.

Students who are interested in a personalized, yet challenging education should strongly consider Vanderbilt University. The urban environment of Nashville mixed with the close-knit community of students is perfect for those looking for plenty of opportunities at one campus.


Acceptance Rate

Vanderbilt acceptance rate

Academic Qualifications

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Vanderbilt University SAT score range

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Vanderbilt ACT test score

Application Deadlines

Early decision (Round 1): Nov. 1

Early decision (Round 2): Jan. 1

Regular decision: Jan. 1

Admissions Criteria

Freshmen Admissions
Number of 2019 (Class of 2023) applicants: 37,295
Enrolled: 1,602
Yield: 48.6%
Acceptance rate: 7.9%

Early Decision Admissions
Number of 2019 (Class of 2023) ED applicants: 4,328
Admitted ED applicants: 852
ED acceptance rate: 19.8%

Waitlist Admission Statistics
About 8% of the Class of 2023 is expected to come from the waitlist.

Transfer Admissions
Number of applicants: 1,557
Admitted transfer applicants: 393
Transfer acceptance rate: 25.2%

Academic Qualifications
Average GPA: 3.83
Top 10% of High School: 88.8%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 700-760
SAT Math: 750-800

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 33-35
ACT English: 34-35
ACT Math: 30-35

Standardized Test Requirements

Vanderbilt requires the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT required

Vanderbilt does not require the writing portion Writing portion not required

Vanderbilt does not require the SAT subject tests SAT Subject Tests not required

Score Card

Graduation Rates

Vanderbilt University graduation rate

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

Vanderbilt score card

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 89.3%
5 years: 93.3%
6 years: 93.6%

Loan default rate: 0.7%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 27

Salary after attending: $69,000

R&D Expenditures: $738.6 million

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 26
Robberies: 2
Aggravated assaults: 5
Burglaries: 6
Car thefts: 4

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

Vanderbilt financial aid

Average Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Additional Information

Tuition, room and board (2019-2020): $67,710

Total estimated cost of attendance (2019-2020): $74,648

Net Cost
Average: $23,596

By income
$0 to $30,000: $3,965
$30,001 to $48,000: $3,525
$48,001 to $75,000: $8,529
$75,001 to $110,000: $15,085
$110,001 and more: $38,132

Graduates with student debt: 21%

Average student debt at graduation: $22,854

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

Vanderbilt undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

Vanderbilt student to faculty ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 7 to 1

Women: 51%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 68%
20 to 39: 31%
40 to 99: 1%
100+: 0%

Student Population
Total: 12,824
Undergraduate: 6,861

Student Residence
In State: 8%
Out of State: 84%
International: 8%

Vanderbilt University student population

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This page was last updated in November 2019.