Located in the heart of Nashville, TN, Vanderbilt is a mid-sized, research university that attracts a diverse group of highly talented students from around the country and the world.

The combination of excellent academic rigor, a vibrant campus life, and an urban location attracts exceptionally talented students from 92 countries, consistently earning the university top rankings.

Vanderbilt’s 7,000 undergraduates are immersed in the multidisciplinary research and teaching. In a collaborative residential environment, students take advantage of 70 majors across 4 undergraduate schools, 475+ student-led organizations, and all that Nashville has to offer. Over 60% of students conduct academic research, over 50% study abroad, and 72% participate in at least one internship while at Vanderbilt.

Basic details

  • Region: South
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Campus setting: Urban
  • Type of institution: Private; Liberal Arts College; Specialist Institution

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 9.1%
  • Average ACT range: 33-35
  • Average SAT range: 1460-1560 (without writing included)
  • Test optional? No
  • Common Application accepted? Yes
  • Areas of study offered include: Anthropology; Art History; Arts; Astronomy; Biology; Biomedical Engineering; Chemistry; Communications; Computer Science; Creative Writing; Criminal Justice; Drama/Theatre Arts; Economics; Education; Ethnic/Cultural Studies; Engineering; English; Environmental Sciences; Film/Cinema Studies; Gender Studies; Geology; History; Humanities; Information Sciences/Systems; International Relations; Languages; Law; Liberal Arts; Linguistics; Literature; Mathematics; Medical Sciences; Music; Neuroscience; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Public Policy; Sociology; Theology/Religion
  • Full list of majors available: http://admissions.vanderbilt.edu/major/


  • International students are eligible for: Need-based aid; Merit/talent-based scholarship
  • Additional financial aid information:We have a need-aware admission policy for international students, but we meet the full demonstrated financial need of all admitted students and financial aid packages do not include loans. 
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $79,538


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division I
  • Varsity sports: Men's American Football; Women's Athletics / Track and Field; Men's Baseball; Men's Basketball; Women's Basketball; Women's Bowling; Men's Cross Country; Women's Cross Country; Women's Football / Soccer; Men's Golf; Women's Golf; Women's Lacrosse; Women's Swimming and Diving; Men's Tennis; Women's Tennis

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