VU Description

Over nearly a century and a half, Vanderbilt University has developed a reputation for training leaders. Its graduates have made substantial contributions in virtually every field, from politics to professional sports. In fact, the school counts vice presidents, Academy Award winners, Rhodes scholars and Nobel Prize laureates among its graduates.

The breadth and quality of its academics alone make Vanderbilt University an appealing choice for many students. Vanderbilt administers its academics through 10 schools. Six of these schools offer graduate degree programs, while the remaining four offer both undergraduate and graduate study. About 130 degree programs are available in total.

As you might expect of a school with a total enrollment exceeding 12,000, college life at Vanderbilt is quite active. There are over 300 student organizations on campus, with numerous opportunities in the arts, athletics, student government and more. Greek life on campus is vibrant, featuring more than 35 fraternities and sororities.

In order to help with rising tuition costs, Vanderbilt University has recently overhauled its financial aid program. The university pledges to meet 100% of a student's demonstrated need, so that students don't have to borrow as much in order to reach their educational goals.

This new financial aid policy is reflected by the university's admissions policy, as well. Vanderbilt's admissions are need-blind, so financial need does not play a role in admissions decisions. All students are welcome to apply to the university, regardless of their financial background.

Quick Facts about Vanderbilt University, Nashville

Region

Southeast

Setting

Large City Setting

Type

Private

Affiliation

Not applicable

Size

Large (5,000 to 10,000 Undergrad)

Mascot

Commodores

Nicknames

Vandy, VU

On-Campus Housing Available

Yes

Selectivity

Most Selective

In-State Tuition

$40,320

Out-of-State Tuition

$40,320

Retention Rate

97%

Enrollment

12,472

Year Established

1873

VU Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating: 4.5

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67% of students gave Vanderbilt University, Nashville 5 stars overall.

Alumnus - Grad Year 2011

Overall Rating:
4

Detailed Ratings

Overall, my Vanderbilt experience was unparalled. I liked most about my time at Vandy was all the different ways you could be involved on campus. There was such a great variety in student life that I never felt limited to a niche. If you are a prospie, def check out Greek Row :).

Former Student - Last Attended 1996

Overall Rating:
5

Detailed Ratings

Vanderbilt is truly a special place. The academics are top notch with small class sizes, engaged students, and passionate professors. Vanderbilt is in the unique position, not unlike Stanford and Duke, of being the academic powerhouse in a powerhouse athletic conference. Add to that the city of Nashville which is an amazing city to explore once the campus starts feeling small senior year. With students from all over the country sharing a unique experience, one quickly finds they have friends aroudn the country.

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VU Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students
6,637
Freshman Class
1,600
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students)
12,472

Undergraduate vs. Graduate

Undergraduate
53%
Graduate
47%

Full-Time vs. Part-Time Students

Full-Time
100%
Part-Time
0%

Gender of Students

Women
49%
Men
51%

Ethnic Diversity

Latino
5%
African American
8%
Caucasian
63%
American Indian or Alaska native
1%
Asian
6%
Unknown and Other
17%

International Students

International
8%
Domestic
92%

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