Vanderbilt At A Glance

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For more than a century, excellence, purpose, and collaboration have marked the Vanderbilt experience. With 70 majors, over 475 student organizations, and a 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio, Vanderbilt fosters an innovative living and learning environment for students to explore their passions, engage in academic research with world-renowned faculty, and build lasting connections within a diverse and dynamic student community.

Undergraduate Majors

At Vanderbilt, we encourage students to study across disciplines to feed their passions and inspire new ways to address issues and impact the world. Use the find your major tool to explore our majors, minors, and pre-professional programs and discover your own academic path at Vanderbilt.

 Find Your Major

Four Schools

At the heart of the Vanderbilt experience are our four undergraduate schools.

Academic Initiatives

  • Immersion Vanderbilt calls for each undergraduate to undertake an intensive learning experience in and beyond the classroom with choices in the following pathways: civic and professional, creative expression, international, and research.
  • The undergraduate business minor, developed in collaboration with the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management, features five fundamental business courses and a range of business-related electives offered by the four undergraduate schools.
  • The Wond’ry is our epicenter for innovation and entrepreneurship, designed to build and strengthen creativity across campus, foster innovation in all fields, and forge a stronger “maker” culture at Vanderbilt.
  • Our 230,000-square-foot Engineering and Science Building contains state-of-the-art facilities where students and faculty collaborate to solve complex societal problems in health care, energy, robotics, and many other areas.
student studying in a classroom
student working in a lab


Among the many decisions you are currently facing regarding your college search may be the choice between a top-tier research university and a teaching-focused liberal arts college. At Vanderbilt, you do not have to choose. Vanderbilt students conduct research across academic disciplines regardless of their major field of study.

  • 56% of undergraduates participate in research
  • Opportunities include university-funded summer research stipends and departmental honors programs
  • More than 100 interdisciplinary centers and institutes

The Vanderbilt Living and Learning Experience

The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons  is composed of ten houses designed exclusively for first-year students and their faculty heads of house, a dining center, seminar/study rooms, generous public spaces, and endless opportunities for engagement, enrichment, and leadership. Warren College, Moore College, E. Bronson Ingram College, and Nicholas S. Zeppos College extend the residential college experience through sophomore, junior, and senior years.

The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons

On The Ingram Commons, first-year students transition from high school into a diverse living and learning community of peers and faculty. From move-in day on, new Commodores build relationships fostering social, cultural, and intellectual growth. All first-year students live in one of 10 houses. Each is guided by a faculty head of house who lives among the students. 

Learn more about The Commons

Following the first year, many students extend the dynamic living-learning experience of The Commons in upper-division residential colleges including Warren College, Moore College, E. Bronson Ingram College, and the new Nicholas S. Zeppos College. Other residential options include suite-style, apartment-style, or themed housing. extend the dynamic living-learning experience of The Commons through sophomore, junior, and senior years.

As part of Vanderbilt’s FutureVU initiative, additional residential colleges for upper-division students are being constructed along West End Avenue. 

Diversity and Inclusion

  • Total undergraduate racial and ethnic diversity, Fall 2020: 43.5%, including American Indian or Alaska Native 0.4%; Asian American 16.0%; Black/African American 11.0%; Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0.3%; Hispanic or Latino 10.1%; Multiracial (non-Hispanic) 5.7% 
  • International students comprise 9.4% of the undergraduate population, representing 56 countries (Fall 2020)
  • Third-highest percentage of black students in first-year class among high-ranking universities, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, Fall 2019
  • One of the top 25 private universities for Jewish students, Hillel’s College Guide, 2019
  • Home to the K. C. Potter Center, which houses the Office of LGBTQI Life
  • Home to 9 campus identity centers with opportunities to get involved and find connection

Go Dores!

NCAA Division I, Southeastern ConferenceNickname: Commodores (Dores, for short)


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Tennis


  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field (Indoor and Outdoor)
  • 5 National Team Championships
  • 35 SEC and League Titles since 2000
  • 32 sport clubs
  • 40+ intramural sports leagues

Getting Involved

More than 475 student organizations including: Alternative Spring Break, Asian American Student Association, Association of Latin American Students (ALAS), BhangraDores, Black Student Association, Dodecaphonics, Habitat for Humanity, Manna Project International, Melodores, Middle Eastern Student Association, Momentum Dance Company, Muslim Student Association, Orthodox Christian Fellowship, Project Dialogue, South Asian Cultural Exchange (SACE), Spirit of Gold Marching Band, Swingin’ Dores, Vanderbilt College Democrats, Vanderbilt College Republicans, Vanderbilt Hillel, Vanderbilt Off-Broadway, Vandy Taal, Voices of Praise, and many more!

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students on an outdoor rec event

Campus Identity Centers

The Vanderbilt Programming Board
This student-run organization sponsors off-campus trips, novelty programs, speakers, and concerts for the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities. Recent appearances include Colin Powell, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Spike Lee, Stephen A. Smith, Bill Nye, Daveed Diggs, Kendrick Lamar, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Billy Joel.



Nashville is a dynamic city full of opportunity and diverse offerings; students consistently cite Nashville as an invaluable part of the Vanderbilt experience.

  • Metropolitan population 1.9 million
  • A health care, finance, publishing, tech, and entertainment center
  • Known as Music City for its more than 20,000 annual live music performances and more than 200 recording studios
  • Vanderbilt, located just 1.5 miles from downtown Nashville, is surrounded by an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, and live music.

Life After Vanderbilt

The Vanderbilt Career Center offers:

  • Coaching for careers, internships, and graduate study
  • Career fairs, TREKS, and Industry SLAMS
  • Interview preparation
  • Connections to thousands of employers and alumni
  • Fellowships advising and support

Learn more about the Career Center

* Graduating Student Survey, three-year average (2016, 2017, 2019)

Affordability and Access

We meet 100% of every student’s demonstrated financial need, without loans. 

Our resolve to make a Vanderbilt education accessible and affordable to all admitted students is stronger than ever. Both our need-based and merit-based scholarships reflect our dedication to making a Vanderbilt education possible.

Our net price calculator can be used to estimate your need-based financial aid eligibility at Vanderbilt.

  • #1 Great Financial Aid Princeton Review, 2021
  • 65% of undergrads receive some form of financial assistance
  • $55,287 2020–2021 average financial aid package for students with demonstrated financial need

Merit Scholarships

Vanderbilt awards merit-based scholarships to applicants who demonstrate exceptional accomplishment and intellectual promise. Three signature scholarships — the Ingram Scholars Program, the Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship, and the Chancellor’s Scholarship — comprise the majority of Vanderbilt’s merit-based awards. Recipients of these scholarships are guaranteed full-tuition awards for up to eight semesters that include a stipend for research, study abroad, a creative endeavor, or the required Immersion Vanderbilt experience.

Admission to Vanderbilt

Admission is competitive and selective, but, above all, the application process is context-based and holistic. We consider the academic record within the context of the high school as well as leadership and engagement outside the classroom, the application essay, letters of recommendation, and standardized test scores (if submitted).

Learn more about applying to Vanderbilt

Fast Facts

Enrollment (Fall 2020)

Undergraduate 7,057
Graduate and professional 6,480
Total 13,537

All Undergraduate (Fall 2020)

Female 51%
Male 49%

First-Year Students Entering Fall 2020

American Indian/Alaska Native 0.4%
Asian American 18.7%
Black/African American 11.5%
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0.1%
Hispanic or Latino 11.1%
International 8.8%
Multiracial (non-Hispanic) 5.7%
Not reported 4.1%
White 39.5%

ACT Middle 50% 33–35
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
Middle 50% 720–770
SAT Mathematics Middle 50% 750–800
National Merit Scholars 220


Undergraduate colleges & schools 4
Student-to-faculty ratio 7:1
Classes with fewer than 50 students 93%
Female faculty 41%
Minority faculty 17%

Undergraduate Admission (Fall 2020)

First-year applicants 36,646
Admits 4,259
Admit rate 11.6%

Campus Life

Student organizations 475+

Commodore Athletics

Varsity teams 10 women’s, 6 men’s
NCAA championships 5
Club sports 32
Intramural sports leagues 40+

Financial Aid & Scholarships 2020–2021

Undergraduates receiving some form of financial assistance 65%
Average financial aid package $55,287

First-Year Student Retention Rate 96%

Students Graduating in 6 Years 93%




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Rankings and Accolades

  • #14 National Universities, 2021
  • #9 Best Value, National Universities, 2021
  • #1 Great Financial Aid, Princeton Review, 2021
  • #2 Best Quality of Life, Princeton Review, 2021
  • #2 College City Gets High Marks, Princeton Review, 2021
  • #2 U.S. Cities with the Best Job Market, Wall Street Journal, 2020

University Rankings

  • #16 - Economic Diversity Among the Top 25 Ranked National Universities, U.S. News & World Report, 2021 
  • #62 - Top 500 World Universities, Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2020
  • #1 Their Students Love These Colleges, Princeton Review, 2021 
  • #2 Happiest Students, Princeton Review, 2021 
  • #2 Most Beautiful Campus, Princeton Review, 2021 
  • #13 Professors Get High Marks, Princeton Review, 2021 
  • Four-star Rated, Campus Pride Index, 2020 
  • One of the top 25 Private Schools for Jewish Students, Hillel's College Guide, 2020 
  • Third-highest percentage of Black students in first-year class among high-ranking universities, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, Fall 2020 

Graduate Rankings

  • #4 - Graduate Schools of Education — Peabody College, U.S. News & World Report 2021 
  • #18 - Medical Schools: Research, U.S. News & World Report, 2021 
  • #18 - Law Schools, U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • #23 - Graduate Business Schools — Owen Graduate School of Management, U.S. News & World Report, 2021 
  • #39 - Graduate Engineering Schools, U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • #9 - Best Nursing Schools: Master's, U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • #5 - Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice, U.S. News & World Report, 2021 

Nashville Rankings

  • #2 U.S. Cities with the Best Job Market, Wall Street Journal, 2020 
  • #2 College City Gets High Marks, Princeton Review, 2021 
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