VANDERBILT AT A GLANCE
For more than a century, excellence, purpose, and collaboration have marked the Vanderbilt experience. With 70 majors, over 420 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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- Liberal arts school at the heart of a major research university
- Comprehensive and flexible core curriculum provides breadth and depth to prepare you for a range of careers
- More than 60 majors and minors that span the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences
- 7:1 student-to-faculty ratio
- Extensive undergraduate research and internship opportunities
- Only exclusively undergraduate program in a U.S. News top-20 university
- 4:1 student-to-faculty ratio
- Secure Commodore Card access to practice room facilities 24/7
- Conservatory-level music training in a strong liberal arts environment
- Master classes offered in every program of study and department
- One of the top 40 undergraduate programs in the country
- More than 90% of students entering the workforce have a job within 6 months of graduation
- 35% of engineering undergraduates are female (national average is 23%)
- 43% are students of color
- Hallmarks include customizable first-year engineering course, honors programs, engineering management minor, undergraduate research, multidisciplinary senior design projects, study abroad, and service learning
- Ranked by U.S. News in the top 10 graduate schools of education for 25 consecutive years
- One of only 3 undergraduate schools of education and human development in a U.S. News top-25 university
- Home to 3 national research centers and more than $40 million in annual research expenditures
- Innovative human and organizational development major offers internship opportunities in 6 major cities, including London
- 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.
- 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-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, and E. Bronson Ingram College extend the residential college experience through sophomore, junior, and senior years.
Opening August 2020, Nicholas S. Zeppos College is the first of three new residential colleges for upper-division students being constructed along West End Avenue as part of Vanderbilt’s FutureVU initiative.
DIVERSITY & 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
- NCAA Division I, Southeastern Conference
- Nickname: Commodores (Dores, for short)
- Cross Country
- Cross Country
- Track & Field (Indoor and Outdoor)
Keep up an active lifestyle at the David Williams II Student Recreation and Wellness Center where you can work out, learn about wellness, or participate in club and intramural sports.
- 32 sport clubs
- 40+ intramural sports leagues
More than 420 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!
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.
THE NASHVILLE SCENE
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.
VANDERBILT CAREER CENTER
- 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
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.
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Three signature scholarships comprise the majority of Vanderbilt’s merit awards:
- The Ingram Scholars Program
- The Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship
- The Chancellor’s Scholarship
Recipients of these signature scholarships are guaranteed full- tuition awards, plus stipends for the required immersive experience. A separate application is required for the Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship; you must apply to be considered. For the Ingram Scholars Program and for the Chancellor’s Scholarship, the application is strongly encouraged; preference is given to those who apply.
Deadline for scholarship applications is December 1. These applications will be available via your MyAppVU portal two business days after you have applied for admission.More on Scholarships
Questions about financial aid or scholarships?
Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships: (800) 288-0204 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
HOW TO APPLY
Vanderbilt has three decision plans for first-year admission.
|Decision Plan||Application Deadline||Decision Notification|
|Early Decision I||November 1||Mid-December|
|Early Decision II||January 1||Mid-February|
|Regular Decision||January 1||Late March|
First-year and transfer applicants must designate one of Vanderbilt’s four undergraduate schools. Applicants to Peabody College or Blair School of Music must also select a major. First-year applicants may apply for admission to a second-choice school as well, but will be admitted to one school only.
Vanderbilt typically admits transfer applicants for fall semester (August) only. The priority deadline for transfer applications is March 15, and decisions are made on a rolling basis beginning mid-April.
APPLICATION CHECKLIST FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS ENTERING FALL 2021
- One of the following applications: Coalition Application, Common Application, or QuestBridge Application
- Official high school transcript
- Counselor letter of recommendation
- Two academic teacher letters of recommendation
- ACT and SAT test scores are optional for students applying for fall 2021 entry
- For international students only: TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson, if applicable
- For Blair School of Music applicants only: Blair School of Music Application
FALL 2020 APPLICATIONS
UNDERGRADUATE ENROLLMENTas of Fall 2020
YOUR ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR
Counselors are assigned based on the location of the high school that students most recently attended. You are welcome to call or email your admissions counselors with questions about Vanderbilt, Nashville, or the admissions process. Contact your Vanderbilt admissions counselor.
Enrollment (Fall 2020)
Graduate and professional 6,480
All Undergraduate (Fall 2020)
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%
Multiracial (non-Hispanic) 5.7%
Not reported 4.1%
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
Admit rate 11.6%
Student organizations 420+
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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