Chances of getting into Vanderbilt University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
9.6%
Admission Difficulty for Vanderbilt University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionExtreme

How hard is it to get into Vanderbilt and can I get accepted? The school has a 10% acceptance rate ranking it #1 in Tennessee for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 3,298 out of 34,313 applicants were admitted making Vanderbilt an extremely competitive school to get into with a very low chance of acceptance - even for applicants with the highest scores and grades.  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 49% 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
1450-1560
Applicants Submitting SAT
43%
SAT Scores for Vanderbilt University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 700
SAT Math 25th 750
SAT Composite 25th 1450
SAT Scores for Vanderbilt University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 760
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1560
Average SAT Score 1510

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

Vanderbilt University typically requires applicants to be in the top 2 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1450 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 1390. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1510 out of 1600. The school ranks #1 in Tennessee for highest average SAT composite score. 43 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.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Vanderbilt University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1560 and Above Good >16%
1505 to 1560 Avg + 10%-16%
1450 to 1505 Avg - 6%-10%
1395 to 1450 Reach 4%-6%
Less than 1395 Low <4%
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Vanderbilt ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
33-35 
Applicants Submitting ACT
64%
ACT Scores for Vanderbilt University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 34
ACT Math 25th 30
ACT Composite 25th 33
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 34

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 33 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 2 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 32 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 64 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 >16%
34 to 35 Avg + 10%-16%
33 to 34 Avg - 6%-10%
32 to 33 Reach 4%-6%
Less than 32 Low <4%
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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. Given the school's very highly selective admissions, acceptance at Vanderbilt extremely difficult and unlikely even with a 3.76 GPA. The school should be considered a reach even if you have a 3.76 GPA.

 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 19,014 15,299 34,313
Accepted 1,655 1,643 3,298
Acceptance Rate 9% 11% 10%
Enrolled 819 783 1,602
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 49% 48% 49%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2020.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

43% of students submit their SAT scores to Vanderbilt. 64% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

10% of those who apply are granted admission to Vanderbilt. Admission competition is very high and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1450 and 1560. 43% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 33 and 35. 64% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.

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