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Vanderbilt University is a private research university. It is located in Nashville, Tennessee and it offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Key Facts


  • #18 in National Universities according to US News & World Report 2024
  • #7 in Best value Schools
  • #24 in Best Undergraduate Teaching
  • #37 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs

Year founded

  • 1873

School type

  • Private, coed, no religious affiliation

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 7,057

Latest graduate enrolment

  • 6,480

Student-faculty ratio

  • 8:1

Freshman acceptance rate

  • 10% (US News)

Average SAT/ ACT for freshman entry

  •  SAT between 1480 and 1570 / ACT 34 - 35

Average GPA for freshman entry

  • 3.83

International student population

  • 10.1%

Median starting salary of alumni

  • $62,000

Popular majors

  • Economics, Interdisciplinary Studies, Social Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science

Tuition and Room & Board

  •  $58,130 / $12,720
About the university

Vanderbilt University is organized into 10 Schools, which cover a wide range of subjects: the College of Arts and Science, the Blair School of Music, the Divinity School, the School of Engineering, the Graduate School, the Law School, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the Owen Graduate School of Management and the Peabody College of Education and Human Development.

  • 10 schools and colleges
  • The Commodores, named for Vanderbilt founder "Commodore" Cornelius Vanderbilt, have teams in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference
  • Over 500 student clubs and organizations
  • More than 40 percent of students take advantage of Vanderbilt’s study abroad programs, which are offered in more than 40 countries.   
  • The Vanderbilt campus includes the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s epicenter for innovation and entrepreneurship; the 230,000-square-foot Science and Engineering Bldg; Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery in Cohen Memorial Hall; Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center; Dyer Observatory astronomical facility
  • Famous alumni include Al Gore, former U.S. vice president and Nobel Prize winner for his work on disseminating greater knowledge about man-made climate change
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