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How hard is it to get into Vanderbilt and can I get accepted? The school has a 9% acceptance rate ranking it #1 in Tennessee for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 3,402 out of 37,310 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 47% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.
You must submit admission test scores with your application. Vanderbilt University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||710|
|SAT Math 25th||750|
|SAT Composite 25th||1460|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||760|
|SAT Math 75th||800|
|SAT Composite 75th||1560|
|Average SAT Score||1510|
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Vanderbilt University?
Vanderbilt University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 2 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1460 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 1410. 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.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1560 and Above||Good||>14%|
|1510 to 1560||Avg +||9%-14%|
|1460 to 1510||Avg -||5%-9%|
|1410 to 1460||Reach||3%-5%|
|Less than 1410||Low||<3%|
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|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||34|
|ACT Math 25th||31|
|ACT Composite 25th||33|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||36|
|ACT Math 75th||35|
|ACT Composite 75th||35|
|Average ACT Score||34|
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.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|35 and Above||Good||>14%|
|34 to 35||Avg +||9%-14%|
|33 to 34||Avg -||5%-9%|
|32 to 33||Reach||3%-5%|
|Less than 32||Low||<3%|
What GPA do you need to get into Vanderbilt University?
Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Vanderbilt. 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.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|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|
GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House
88% of Vanderbilt University freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.
|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%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||48%||46%||47%|
The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2021.
The cost for prospective students to apply to Vanderbilt University is $50.
What are the requirements for admission to Vanderbilt University and what student information is used for admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Required|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Required|
|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.
43% of students submit their SAT scores to Vanderbilt. 64% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
9% of those who apply are granted admission to Vanderbilt. Admission competition is extreme 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 1460 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.