Vanderbilt University

Overview

Located in the heart of Nashville, TN, Vanderbilt University is a private research university where students enroll in one of four undergraduate schools: College of Arts and Science, Blair School of Music, Peabody College of Education and Human Development, or School of Engineering. The combination of excellent academic rigor, a vibrant campus life, and an urban location attracts exceptionally talented students from around the world, consistently earning the university a top 20 ranking from U.S. News & World Report. More than 50 percent of undergraduates participate in research, and with a 7:1 student-faculty ratio, Vanderbilt affords easy access to faculty across academic disciplines. 

Outside of the classroom, students discover their passions by taking part in one or more of Vanderbilt’s 430+ student organizations: these range in topic from the performing arts and community service, to cultural organizations and advocacy groups, to intramural and club sports. Vanderbilt’s strong school spirit is reflected in the university’s Division I athletic teams that compete in the Southeastern Conference. Students also have much to gain by exploring life off-campus. Nashville has a thriving economy, an award-winning food scene, and a world-renowned music scene. 

Fun fact: Vanderbilt has been ranked the #1 Happiest Students for 3 of the last 4 years (2014, 2015, and 2017) by Princeton Review. (And were #2 in 2016!) 

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