Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Get to know Vanderbilt University

School Profile

Urban campus setting

7,151 undergraduate students

6,559 graduate students

1,619 first-year students

91% of undergraduates are from outside of Tennessee


6.7% admit rate

SAT EBRW Middle 50%: 730-770

SAT M Middle 50%: 760-800

ACT Middle 50%: 34-35

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100 majors and minors across 70+ fields of study

Student-to-faculty ratio 7:1

91% of classes have fewer than 50 students

Introduction to Vanderbilt University

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 ScienceBlair School of MusicPeabody College of Education and Human Development, and School of Engineering. Each undergraduate school offers programs through which students can earn combined baccalaureate/master’s degrees in five years. 

More than 60 percent of undergraduates participate in research, and with a 7:1 student-faculty ratio, Vanderbilt affords easy access to faculty across academic disciplines. Immersion Vanderbilt calls for each undergraduate to undertake a mentored immersive experience in and beyond the classroom. The project culminates in the creation of a final piece completed by the student under the guidance of a faculty mentor.  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

Outside of the classroom, students discover their passions by taking part in one or more of Vanderbilt’s 475+ student organizations: these range from the performing arts and community service, to cultural organizations and advocacy groups, to intramural and club sports. 71% of students complete an internship while at Vanderbilt. 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.

Visit Network First Gen for resources and support for first-generation college students at Vanderbilt. 


Study abroad programs in more than 35 countries on seven continents.

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