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Colleges / Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate7%

About Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt University is a top-tier research university with a lush tree-lined campus in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. Vanderbilt is known for strong undergraduate programs in many areas, including economics, medicine, engineering and literature. Vanderbilt also promotes interdisciplinary learning–students have the opportunity to design their own majors

Vandy students come from many different backgrounds and pride themselves on balancing rigorous academics with an active social scene. Greek life is popular at Vandy, especially among women. Vanderbilt has competitive D1 teams in a number of sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and championship winning bowling team. The Commodores compete as part of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

Did You Know?

Vanderbilt University's campus is officially recognized as a national arboretum. There are over 6000 trees and shrubs spread across Vandy’s 330-acre campus, making walking from class-to-class feel like a walk in the park. The white oak is the official symbol of Vanderbilt, but the most common tree on campus is the Southern magnolia, which bursts into bloom each Spring, adorning campus with its beautiful white flowers. 

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Vanderbilt University is a private, nonprofit university in the city of Nashville, Tennessee. Vanderbilt was founded in 1873. The university enrolls around 13,796 students a year, including 7,126 undergrads.

Vanderbilt Acceptance Rate

It is extremely difficult to get into Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt admitted 7% of all applicants in 2021. In 2021, 3,368 out of 47,152 total applicants were accepted.

Vanderbilt University Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 7%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 18%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.9
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 25%

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Vanderbilt University is located in the city of Nashville, Tennessee, near Nashville.

If you are interested in seeing Vanderbilt for yourself, be sure to 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.

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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.

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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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1480 - 1570


Math SAT Range

760 - 800


Reading SAT Range

720 - 770

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Vanderbilt is like? There are approximately 13,796 students enrolled at Vanderbilt, including 7,126 undergraduate students and 6,670 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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