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Chances of getting into Vanderbilt University

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
12%
Admission Difficulty for Vanderbilt University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Elite 
Applicant Competition Very High 
How hard is it to get into Vanderbilt and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Vanderbilt is 12%.  It ranks #1 in Tennessee and #27 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. Vanderbilt is a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants. Last year, 4,259 out of 36,646 applicants were admitted.

The school has exceptionally high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 2 percent (SAT 1470/1570 ACT 33/35). Vanderbilt University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.86. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. 40% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Vanderbilt application fee is $50 and applications are due by Jan 1.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Vanderbilt University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

Vanderbilt SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1470-1570
Applicants Submitting SAT 
43%
SAT Scores for Vanderbilt University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 720
SAT Math 25th 750
SAT Composite 25th 1470
SAT Scores for Vanderbilt University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 770
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1570
Average SAT Score 1520

SAT Scores you need to get in

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 1470 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 1420. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1520 out of 1600. Vanderbilt ranks #1 in Tennessee and #9 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 43 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Vanderbilt University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1570 and Above Good >21%
1520 to 1570 Avg + 12%-21%
1470 to 1520 Avg - 7%-12%
1420 to 1470 Reach 4%-7%
Less than 1420 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 31
ACT Composite 25th 33
ACT Scores for Vanderbilt University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 36
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 and #17 in the U.S. 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.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Vanderbilt University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
35 and Above Good >21%
34 to 35 Avg + 12%-21%
33 to 34 Avg - 7%-12%
32 to 33 Reach 4%-7%
Less than 32 Low <4%
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Vanderbilt GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.86
Typical High School Grades 
A-

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 3.86 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.

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High School GPA's for admitted Vanderbilt University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 32.8% Good
3.75 to 3.99 48.7% Avg -
3.50 to 3.74 12.4% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 4.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 1.5% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 0.6% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

89.6% 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 89.6%
Top 25% of class 96.8%
Top 50% of class 99%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Vanderbilt University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 19,951 16,695 36,646
Accepted 2,172 2,087 4,259
Acceptance Rate 11% 13% 12%
Enrolled 871 827 1,698
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 40% 40% 40%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 1, 2023
Days left to Apply
25

Applicants have 25 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jan 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Vanderbilt University is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Vanderbilt University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Vanderbilt University Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Recommended
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.

FAQs

Does Vanderbilt University prefer SAT or ACT?

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

What is my chance of getting into Vanderbilt University?

12% 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.

What SAT score is required for Vanderbilt University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1470 and 1570. 43% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Vanderbilt University?

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.