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Vanderbilt Admissions Information

Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee (map)


Vanderbilt University was endowed by Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt in 1873. Since then, the school has become one of the top academic research institutions in the country, with federal research funding of $444 million per year. Vanderbilt has a number of renowned research institutes and centers including the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development, the Financial Markets Research Center, the Intelligent Robotics Lab, and the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies. Through the university’s interdisciplinary approach, students have many opportunities to conduct research, create individualized majors, and pursue various minors.

Vanderbilt’s first year experience is highly regarded for the resources and sense of community it provides incoming students. Known as The Commons, Vanderbilt’s living and learning community is made up of 10 residential houses. Each house has a live-in faculty member that regularly engages with students through academic and social programs. There is also a Commons Center which houses a dining hall, coffee shop, recreational rooms, a living room and advising offices. As evidenced by the 97% retention rate from freshman to sophomore year, The Commons creates an enjoyable first impression for the Vanderbilt student experience.

In addition to the university’s comfortable on-campus environment, Vanderbilt is located in the Midtown district of Nashville, popularly known as one of the “most livable” cities in the country. There is easy access to local restaurants, museums and musical venues. Vanderbilt offers students an excellent combination of the urban and campus life experience.



Basic Info

Main Address: 2201 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203-1727
Phone Number: (615) 322-7311  
Website: www.vanderbilt.edu  


Type of school: Private, Four-year  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Urban setting, Very large city; Residential campus  
Athletics: NCAA Division I, Intercollegiate, Intramural, Club, Scholarship  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 6,794  
Percent out-of-state: 84%  
Percent international: 5%  
Female to Male ratio: 51:49  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 8:1  
Most popular majors: Engineering Science
Psychology, General
Special study programs: Accelerated Program
Distance Learning
Double Major
Dual Enrollment of High School Students
Honors Program
Independent Study
ROTC, Air Force
ROTC, Army
ROTC, Navy
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed Housing
Women's Housing
Apartments For Single Students
Special Housing For International Students
Men's Housing
Apartments For Married Students
Special Housing For Disabled Students
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Campus ministries
Concert band
Jazz band
Marching band
Music ensembles
Radio station
Student government
Symphony orchestra
Choral groups
Film society
International students
Literary magazine
Model U.N.
Musical theater
Pep band
Student newspaper
Television station

Fun Facts

  • Ranked #17, Best National University
  • Named one of the best Southeastern colleges
  • Ranked #16, Best Value

Admissions Information

Because Vanderbilt is committed to maintaining a close-knit experience, each freshman class is roughly 1,600 students. Since Vanderbilt receives many applications each year, it is a highly selective institution with an acceptance rate of 20%. Each application is reviewed by 2 or more readers, one being a regional consultant; each application is reviewed holistically with readers looking for particular strengths throughout. After readers assess applications based on academic profile, essays, short answers, extracurricular activities and recommendations, they present the application to the admissions committee on the student's behalf. It is in students' best interest to show the reader what they have to offer the university and what sets them apart from other applicants.

Vanderbilt offers Early Decision I and II (differing only in application deadline). While these students are reviewed against a smaller pool of applicants, Vanderbilt is committed to keeping Early Decision acceptances to only one-third of the number of total acceptances.

Admissions address: Admission Office
2305 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203-1727
Phone number: (800) 288-0432  
Fax number: (615) 343-7765  
Admissions Website: https://admissions.vanderbilt.edu/  
Email: admissions@vanderbilt.edu  
Contact Person: John Gaines, Director- Enrollment Management  
Number of first-year applications received: 19,353  
Percent of applicants admitted: 20%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 3  
Early decision/action deadline: November 1 (Early Decision I), January 3 (Early Decision II)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: Common Application with Vanderbilt supplement
2 Academic Teacher Evaluations
Standardized Test Scores
School Report (with transcript)
Mid Year Report
Final Report

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? Required: SAT or ACT with Writing
Considered if Submitted: SAT II Subject Tests
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Considers highest section scores across test dates.  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 1871  
ACT code: 4036  
Learn more about other Top Greek Life schools:
DePauw   Bucknell   Washington State University  

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