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Vanderbilt Rankings and Accolades

U.S. News & World Report

  • 15th - National Universities
  • 8th - Best Undergraduate Teaching
  • 11th - Best Value National Universities
  • 17th - Economic Diversity Among the Top 25 Ranked National Universities
  • 31st - Undergraduate Engineering Schools
  • 3rd - Graduate Schools of Education — Peabody College
  • 14th - Medical Schools: Research 
  • 17th - Law Schools
  • 27th - Graduate Business Schools — Owen Graduate School of Management
  • 35th - Graduate Engineering Schools
  • 11th - Graduate Nursing Schools

International Ranking

  • 54th - Top 500 World Universities, Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities


  • Vanderbilt ranks #1 for having the "Happiest Students" according to Princeton Review
  • Vanderbilt is home to one of "America's Most Beautiful College Campuses" according to Travel+Leisure
  • Vanderbilt is A Top Six University for Food Lovers according to MSNBC
  • Alternative Spring Break, an organization that combines community service with travel, was founded by four Vanderbilt University students in 1987. Today, thousands of students from across the country participate at different universities.
  • Vanderbilt ranked 15th among the "20 Smartest Colleges in America" in a Lumosity survey
  • Vanderbilt ranked a Top 25 Healthiest College by the fitness website Greatist