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Vanderbilt Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Vanderbilt University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
10.9%
Admission Difficulty for Vanderbilt University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionVery High

How hard is it to get into Vanderbilt and can I get accepted? The school has a 11% acceptance rate ranking it #1 in Tennessee for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 3,415 out of 31,462 applicants were admitted making Vanderbilt a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 2 percent. Vanderbilt University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 47% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.

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Vanderbilt SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1480-1580
Applicants Submitting SAT
34%
SAT Scores for Vanderbilt University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 720
SAT Math 25th 760
SAT Composite 25th 1480
SAT Scores for Vanderbilt University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 780
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1580
Average SAT Score 1530

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Vanderbilt University?

Vanderbilt University typically requires applicants to be in the top 1 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1480 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1430. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1530 out of 1600. The school ranks #1 in Tennessee for highest average SAT composite score. 34 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Vanderbilt University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1580 and Above Good >17%
1530 to 1580 Avg + 11%-17%
1480 to 1530 Avg - 7%-11%
1430 to 1480 Reach 4%-7%
Less than 1430 Low <4%
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Vanderbilt ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
32-35 
Applicants Submitting ACT
74%
ACT Scores for Vanderbilt University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 33
ACT Math 25th 30
ACT Composite 25th 32
ACT Scores for Vanderbilt University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 35
ACT Composite 75th 35
Average ACT Score 33

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Vanderbilt?

Admission data indicates that Vanderbilt regularly accepts students with ACT's of 32 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 3 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 34 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 35 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #1 in Tennessee for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 74 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Vanderbilt University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Vanderbilt University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
35 and Above Good >20%
33 to 35 Avg + 11%-20%
32 to 33 Avg - 8%-11%
31 to 32 Reach 6%-8%
Less than 31 Low <6%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.76
Typical High School Grades
A-

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into Vanderbilt University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Vanderbilt University was 3.76 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #3 in Tennessee for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as Vanderbilt is a very selective school.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Vanderbilt University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 63% Good
3.50 to 3.75 21% Avg -
3.25 to 3.50 10% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 3% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 2% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 1% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

88% of Vanderbilt University freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Vanderbilt University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 88%
Top 25% of class 95%
Top 50% of class 98%
Bottom 50% of class 2%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

Vanderbilt University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 17,254 14,208 31,462
Accepted 1,798 1,617 3,415
Acceptance Rate 10% 11% 11%
Enrolled 850 757 1,607
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 47% 47% 47%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
26

Applicants have 26 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Jan 1, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Vanderbilt before the Jan 1 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 7 Dec 20
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 14 Dec 24

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Vanderbilt University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Vanderbilt University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Required

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Vanderbilt University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

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