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 70 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 27% of men affiliated with a fraternity and 43% 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

Regular Decision Admissions
Number of 2020 (Class of 2024) applicants: 32,376
Admitted: 2,907
Acceptance rate: 9.0%

Early Decision Admissions
Number of 2020 (Class of 2024) ED applicants: N/A
ED acceptance rate: 20.7%

Waitlist Admission Statistics
453 students were admitted from the waitlist last year. Vanderbilt admitted a substantially higher number of regular decision applicants this year in anticipation of a lower yield due to the pandemic. Accordingly, we don’t expect them to admit too many additional students off this year’s waitlist.

Transfer Admissions
Number of applicants: 1,677
Admitted transfer applicants: 383
Transfer acceptance rate: 22.8%

Academic Qualifications
Average GPA: 3.84
Top 10% of High School: 90.2%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Composite: 1460-1560
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 710-760
SAT Math: 750-800

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 33-35
ACT English: 34-36
ACT Math: 31-35

Standardized Test Requirements

Vanderbilt does not require the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT not 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: 90.0%
5 years: 92.8%
6 years: 93.0%

Loan default rate: 1.5%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 27

Salary after attending: $69,000

R&D Expenditures: $738.6 million

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 37
Robberies: 1
Aggravated assaults: 14
Burglaries: 3
Car thefts: 5

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 (2020-2021): $70,381

Total estimated cost of attendance (2020-2021): $77,974

Net Cost
Average: $25,855

By income
$0 to $30,000: $3,156
$30,001 to $48,000: $6,017
$48,001 to $75,000: $8,086
$75,001 to $110,000: $14,890
$110,001 and more: $36,667

Graduates with student debt: 22%

Average student debt at graduation: $22,727

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: 61%
20 to 39: 27%
40 to 99: 10%
100+: 2%

Student Population
Total: 13,131
Undergraduate: 6,886

Student Residence
In State: 9%
Out of State: 78%
International: 13%

Vanderbilt University student population

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This page was last updated in November 2020.