Vanderbilt University


Highest Degree Offered: Doctoral

College Type: Private

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Tennessee


Vanderbilt University is a private university located a little over a mile from downtown Nashville, Tennessee. The university tends to place well in national rankings with particular strengths in education, law, medicine, and business. Because of its strong emphasis on research, Vanderbilt is a member of the Association of American Universities. Its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned the school a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. In athletics, Vanderbilt is the only private university in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference.

Most Popular Majors

Biomedical Engineering, Communication Studies, Economics, Engineering Science, English, History, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science, Psychology, Social Sciences

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 12093
Total Grad Students: 5280
Undergraduate Students: 6813
Faculty: 3085

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 4:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 2:1

Percent Male: 49%
Percent Female: 51%

Financial Resources


Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 84%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 91%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

2101 West End Avenue
Nashville Tennessee 37240


Main Email:

Main Phone: 615-322-7311

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
Richard McDonald
Undergraduate Admissions

Transfer Services Contact:

International Admissions Contact:

Athletics Contact:
David Williams
Vice Chancellor for University Affairs and Athletics, Athletic Department

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used? Yes

High School Transcript Required? Yes

Minimum GPA for Applying:

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
The lowest grade earned for any course that may be transferred for credit is a C or higher.

Credits (Min/Max):
A transfer applicant must have a minimum number of 12 credits completed or else must apply as an entering freshman. No maximum but the minimum number of credits that transfers must complete at VU to earn a bachelor's degree is 60.

Test Scores for Applying:
Atandardized test scores are required for admission consideration.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Statement of good standing from prior institution and letters of recommendation are crucial for admission consideration.

Essay(s) required:
An essay or personal statement is required for admission consideration.

Application Fee:
$50 Application Fee or fee waiver.

Other Requirements:
Extracurricular activities are important components of the admission process.

Fall Deadline:
March 1

Spring Deadline:

Summer Deadline:

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 30 34
English 31 35
Math 29 34
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 670 760
Math 690 770
Writing 660 750

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 506

Transfers Accepted: 193

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 38%

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 18%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: 20%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2007


Books: 1344

Other Expenses: 2302

Room and Board: 13058

Tuition and Fees: 39930

Total Cost: 56634

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
VU is committed to enrolling talented, motivated students from diverse backgrounds. 62% of VU students receive some type of aid. The University offers a full range of scholarships, financial aid, and financing options to families of all income levels.

CSS/Profile Used? Yes

Own Financial Aid Form? No

Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 5336

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 62%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 57%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 27%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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