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.
For more than a century, excellence, purpose, and collaboration have marked the Vanderbilt experience. With more than 70 majors, over 475 student organizations, and a 7:1 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.
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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.
At the heart of the Vanderbilt experience are our four undergraduate schools.
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.
- 60% 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 and study rooms, generous public spaces, and endless opportunities for engagement, enrichment, and leadership. E. Bronson Ingram College, Moore College, Nicholas S. Zeppos College, Rothschild College and Warren College each house upper-division students and are led by faculty heads and Residential Colleges staff. The next upper-division residential college is scheduled to open in fall 2024 as part of Vanderbilt’s FutureVU initiative.
Diversity and Inclusion
- Total undergraduate racial and ethnic diversity, Fall 2022: 45.3%, including American Indian or Alaska Native 0.4%; Asian American 17.5%; Black/African American 10.4%; Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0.3%; Hispanic or Latino 11.0%; Multiracial (non-Hispanic) 5.8%
- International students comprise 10.2% of the undergraduate population, representing 70 countries and 75 citizenships (Fall 2022)
- Sixth-highest percentage of Black students in first-year class among high-ranking universities, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, Fall 2022
- One of the top 25 private universities for Jewish students, Hillel’s College Guide, 2022
- Campus identity centers and cultural resources include the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, K.C. Potter Center for LGBTQI Life, Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, Vanderbilt Hillel, and Student Center for Social Justice and Identity.
- Cross Country
- Cross Country
- Track & Field (Indoor and Outdoor)
National Team Championships
- 35 SEC and League Titles since 2000
Health and Wellness
Vanderbilt supports student’s physical and emotional well-being through these campus resources:
- 32 sport clubs
- 40+ intramural sports leagues
Vanderbilt has over 475 opportunities to help students connect with our community, from organizations focused on service, culture, arts and religion, to groups for sports, Greek life, student government and other special interests. For a full list of organizations, browse the Anchor Link directory.
Campus Identity Centers and Community Resources
- Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center
- Student Center for Social Justice and Identity
- University Chaplain and Religious Life
- LGBTQI Life
- Vanderbilt Hillel
- Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center
The Vanderbilt Programming Board
This student-run organization sponsors social, cultural, educational, recreational and multicultural activities, including speakers, concerts and off-campus trips.
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.
Approximate Flight Times to Major U.S. Cities
Life After Vanderbilt
The Vanderbilt Career Center offers:
- Coaching for careers, internships, and graduate study
- Support for identifying, interviewing for, and negotiating job and internship opportunities
- Vandy In Communities, career fairs and networking sessions
- Connections to thousands of alumni, parents and employers
- Fellowships and health professions advising
- Access to the Handshake and Suitable platforms
- Financial support opportunities
Affordability and Access
We meet 100% of every admitted 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.
For international students admitted for fall 2022, Vanderbilt offered need-based aid and/or merit scholarships to 79 students representing 41 countries. The range of awards offered was $32,547–$91,096 per year for four years.
Our net price calculator can be used to estimate your need-based financial aid eligibility at Vanderbilt.
million in scholarships for 2023–24 first-year students (as of June 2023)
of undergrads receive some form of financial assistance
2022–23 average financial aid package for students with demonstrated financial need
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).
Enrollment (Fall 2022)
Graduate and professional 6,559
All Undergraduate (Fall 2022)
First-Year Students Entering Fall 2022
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.7%
Asian American 18.0%
Black/African American 11.0%
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0.4%
Hispanic or Latino 11.9%
Multiracial (non-Hispanic) 6.2%
Not reported 3.8%
ACT Middle 50% 34–35
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
Middle 50% 730–770
SAT Mathematics Middle 50% 760–800
National Merit Scholars 185
Undergraduate colleges & schools 4
Student-to-faculty ratio 7:1
Classes with fewer than 50 students 91%
Female faculty 44%
Minority faculty 21%
Undergraduate Admission (Fall 2023)*
First-year applicants 46,256
Admit rate 6.2%
*As of June 1, 2023; numbers finalized on official census day.
Student organizations 475+
Varsity teams 11 women’s, 6 men’s
NCAA championships 6
Club sports 32
Intramural sports leagues 40+
Financial Aid & Scholarships 2022–23
Undergraduates receiving some form of financial assistance 65%
Average financial aid package $65,889
First-Year Student Retention Rate 96%
Students Graduating in 6 Years 93%
FALL 2023 APPLICATIONS
*As of June 1, 2023; numbers finalized on official census day.
Undergraduate International Enrollment
Country of Citizenship, Fall 2022
Asia and Pacific Rim
Middle East and Southern Asia
Central and Eastern Europe
Central and North America