Vanderbilt University in Nashville

Nashville, TN

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Vanderbilt University offers 690-degree programs and 3 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 8:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 13%. The most popular test is SAT - 41% of students submitted it in comparison to 63% of students who submitted ACT. 45.6% are women, and 54.4% are men. 9% percents of international students. Vanderbilt University is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Vanderbilt University is 17135$, that is above national average. 93% of full-time Vanderbilt University students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $60,700, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Vanderbilt University is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Vanderbilt University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$6,905
$30,001 - $48,000$6,052
$48,001 - $75,000$8,620
$75,001 - $110,000$16,018

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank
  • Recommendations

Neither required nor recommended:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 9580

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


4375 of Vanderbilt University undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 64 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Vanderbilt University number 1 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Tennessee.

Students at Vanderbilt University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Prepaid tuition plan

Tuition payment plan

Prepaid tuition plan - a program that allows students or their families to purchase college tuition or tuition credits for future years, at current prices.

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Vanderbilt University.


ROTC - Army

ROTC - Navy

ROTC - Air Force

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program offering scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements giving students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Vanderbilt University graduation rate is above the national average.

93% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Vanderbilt University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This indicator doesn’t consider students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading picture. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare educational institutions.

Applying information

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

20 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank
  • Recommendations

Neither required nor recommended:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Vanderbilt University acceptance rate is below national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 69%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 56%.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 68%, so Vanderbilt University acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 55%.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Vanderbilt University full-time retention rate is 97% and part-time retention rate is 0%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and keep on studying in the same program next fall semester are counted in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important indicator: if it is high, it shows that school offers quality curriculum, welcoming student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Vanderbilt University students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
2120 - 2360

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 710 - 790
Math: 720 - 800
Writing: 690 - 770

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Vanderbilt University students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
32 - 35

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 33 - 35
Math: 31 - 35
Writing: 8 - 10

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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For the High School Class of 2016:
Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Vanderbilt University is 8:1, that means that for every 8 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Vanderbilt University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Vanderbilt University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in U.S., but not in Tennessee.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by 2101 West End Avenue address in Nashville, Tennessee.


Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Vanderbilt University with 0.36% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, aggravated assault, and forcible sex offense.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Vanderbilt University offers 690 programs in total: 312 are for Master's degree, 210 - for Bachelor's degree, and 150 are Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs.

This is the highest number of programs in comparison with other 43 universities in Davidson county, with one of the highest number of Bachelor's degree , Master's degree and Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs offered.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 3 distance education programs that are provided in the Vanderbilt University: 3 are for Master's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be fully online as well as partially online and require on-campus meetings. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Tennessee state average data to help you compare.


Vanderbilt University provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 6753 students with 202584 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 3717 with 89200 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 1123 students.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Vanderbilt University

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I've had nothing but good things in a lot of areas this is a lot better hospital compared to the ones in my area in Hamilton county or bradley county

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This wack ass school denied one of the most intelligent and qualified women that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Not only did she exceed academic criteria, but she had an extensive list of extracurricular activities that showed her breadth. Further, she has continuously impacted the lives of hundreds with her leadership/officer role in an internationally recognized organization, called Narrative 4. The innovative thinking, dedication to learning, and diversity that she would have provided, CERTAINLY would have made the community and university a better place. However, she will instead continue to impact others at one of the many other accredited universities that have accepted her. Also, vanderbilt’s basketball team is garabage. Thanks.

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Such a great place very smart people very hard working teachers and such comfortable atmosphere calm and peaceful keep up the good work everyone!!!

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Great faculty with a great stdent body! Classes are tough, but the professors are great and most classes are small.

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I had to give a star but this place doesn't deserve 1.Your Genetics clinic needs to be reevaluated. They all need to be fired. The staff have no problems taking their Vacation time, Sick TIme off. But what about patient relations?? Everyone there wants their pay and wants to do as little as possible to get that pay. I have complained so many times about 1 place, and still NOTHING has been done to do better service. They want to ease the pain with a band aid and cover everything else up. NO one does their job to the fullest they can. It is so unacceptable of how this hospital runs. I will never recommend this place to anyone and I regret ever going here in the first place. Call me if you like but I know it will still fall on deaf ears after you talk to who ever you need to talk to and that is as far as this complaint usually goes.

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Location & Website

Address: 2101 West End Avenue


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +6153227311

Institution is active in current year: 1

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