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Colleges / Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate7%
Acceptance Rate7%

About Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt University Overview

Vanderbilt University is a private, nonprofit school in the city of Nashville, Tennessee. Vanderbilt was founded in 1873 and the school now enrolls around 13,796 students a year, including 7,111 undergrads. Vanderbilt offers on-campus housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to Vanderbilt for Fall 2023 is January 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should receive admissions decisions by April 1.

Student Involvement at Vanderbilt

Are you interested in music or performing? At Vanderbilt you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Vanderbilt students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in Greek life? Vanderbilt has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Vanderbilt has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Vanderbilt on the Student Life page.

2022 Vanderbilt Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 7%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 18%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.9
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 25%
Tuition $58,130
Percent of Need Met 100%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $63,133

Is Vanderbilt a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a clearer sense of what Vanderbilt offers and if it might be a good choice for you.

Vanderbilt Acceptance Rate 2022

It is extremely difficult to get into Vanderbilt. In 2022, Vanderbilt accepted just 7% of all applicants. In 2022, just 3,368 out of the 47,152 students who applied were accepted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Vanderbilt

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It gauges how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 96% of students who start at Vanderbilt return the next year. 93% of Vanderbilt undergrads graduate within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook Vanderbilt Graduates

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Vanderbilt by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with Vanderbilt directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Vanderbilt's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Vanderbilt's endowment was valued at $6.9 billion in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, Vanderbilt spends about $55,951 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Vanderbilt

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Vanderbilt meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $63,133 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $25,183 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Vanderbilt.

Based on this information, does Vanderbilt seem like a good fit? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Vanderbilt a good school for you?

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Where is Vanderbilt University Located?

Vanderbilt is located in the city of Nashville, Tennessee, in the suburbs of Nashville.

If you would like to see Vanderbilt for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 65 to Nashville, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Nashville International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Vanderbilt and Nashville are like without leaving home.

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College Info

2301 Vanderbilt Place Nashville, TN 37240

Campus Setting: Urban

Vanderbilt Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Vanderbilt is Jan 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Vanderbilt University is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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Vanderbilt ACT Scores


ACT Range

34 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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Vanderbilt SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1480 - 1570


Math SAT Range

760 - 800


Reading SAT Range

720 - 770

Vanderbilt Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Vanderbilt is like? There are approximately 13,796 students enrolled at Vanderbilt, including 7,111 undergraduate students and 6,685 graduate students. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 10% percent are from TN and 90% percent of students are from other states.


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