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Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee

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Vanderbilt University overview
Location Nashville, Tennessee
Online vanderbilt.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Vanderbilt University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Vanderbilt University, situated in Nashville, Tennessee, is a private research institution founded in 1873 and named after shipping and rail magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt. The campus, spanning approximately 330 acres, showcases a blend of modern and historic architecture and is designated as a national arboretum. Known for its strong emphasis on rigorous academics and research, Vanderbilt offers a diverse array of undergraduate and graduate programs, with notable strengths in education, law, medicine, and management. The university provides a residential college experience, with options for on-campus living throughout the duration of undergraduate education. Vanderbilt is characterized by a highly selective admissions process, reflecting its commitment to educational excellence. Among its student body, majors in the social sciences, engineering, and interdisciplinary studies are particularly prevalent. While Vanderbilt has a comprehensive athletic program, competing in the NCAA Division I as the Commodores, it is especially recognized for its baseball team, which has achieved national prominence.

In the most recent statistical year 46,377 prospective students applied, and 3,093 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,619 enrolled in the school.  12,486 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,224 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $58,130 plus fees of $2,218. Vanderbilt is ranked 14 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Vanderbilt is rated within the top 4% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 10 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Vanderbilt University overview
SAT 1490/1570
ACT 34/35
GPA 3.89

Applications Accepted

Vanderbilt University overview
Applications Due Jan 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Extreme
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Vanderbilt University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,194
Other Fees$2,218
Room and Board $19,862
Budget for Other Expenses$3,008
Total One Year Cost$84,412

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$83,100 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

92% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Vanderbilt University students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 27%
Engineering 13%
General Studies 9%
Foreign Languages 6%
Psychology 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=221999 IPEDS survey data for Vanderbilt University.

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