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International Profile

Founded in 1873, Vanderbilt has a long history of academic excellence, a strong tradition of community, a dedication to research, and a commitment to diversity.

Known both for excellent academic programs and an outstanding quality of student life, Vanderbilt is consistently ranked among the top 20 universities in the country by U.S.News & World Report and as an internationally recognized teaching and research university with strong partnerships among its four undergraduate schools and six graduate schools, neighboring institutions, and the community. Vanderbilt’s undergraduate international population is rising steadily, comprising 7.5% of the most recently enrolled class.

Vanderbilt students take full advantage of student life by immersing themselves in over 530 student organizations, a full range of study abroad programs, Division I athletics, and a variety of research and internship opportunities.

Vanderbilt students and faculty believe that great ideas require more than one school of thought. One of Vanderbilt’s hallmarks is an impressive repertoire of interdisciplinary major programs, including human and organizational development and medicine, health, and society. Roughly one-third of undergraduate students pursue double majors within and across all four undergraduate colleges. Pre-med students study Spanish, engineers study violin, math majors study philosophy, and chemistry majors study history of art.

This innovative approach to education transcends singular subject matter and fosters higher-level critical-thinking skills. Seminar and service learning classes are also unique options for students across all four schools.

Our 8:1 student-faculty ratio gives students access to faculty members of prominence across academic disciplines. Through Immersion Vanderbilt, students work with faculty mentors to develop and conduct projects that provide opportunities to engage, to question, and to forge change. These immersion projects might involve a senior thesis, an internship, an experience abroad, a creative performance, a design project, or a research project.

Study abroad
Vanderbilt students desire to experience the world and spend time in distant countries studying abroad, participating in internships, and engaging in community service. Approximately 39% of the undergraduate population studies abroad in over 140 direct-credit programs in more than 40 countries on six continents. Students choose year-long, semester, or summer study abroad experiences.
Our global tradition
At Vanderbilt you are among a very select group of international students who represent 94 countries in our combined undergraduate and graduate student populations. Vanderbilt has long valued having an international presence on campus, enrolling students from China, Mexico, and Germany in its inaugural class.

Since then, international students have set standards and broken barriers in almost every facet of the University community. Several international students have received honors for highest achievement in their class, including a student from Taiwan who was the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in the School of Engineering.

Today the Vanderbilt International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office serves as an important resource for international students by providing one point of contact for information and assistance with visas, human resource questions, and other issues. In addition, a wide variety of international student organizations help make Vanderbilt a home away from home.

The Vanderbilt community
Life at Vanderbilt includes rigorous academics combined with a noticeable sense of balance and respect. We are committed to fostering inquiry, dialogue, and a greater appreciation of the racial, cultural, geographic, and political perspectives that make up the Vanderbilt mosaic.

Your first year at Vanderbilt will be a chance to experience life at The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons. This freshman living/learning community, based on the Oxford-Cambridge model, consists of 10 residence halls, or “houses,” surrounding a main dining and student center. Faculty, including the Dean of The Ingram Commons and her family, live at The Ingram Commons, facilitating easy and meaningful interactions between students and professors. Frequent educational and social programming at The Ingram Commons invites students and faculty to explore current events and social issues.

Vanderbilt attracts students from across the country and around the world and sits on a 330-acre campus designated a national arboretum. Our active campus life, renowned academics, and urban setting work to maintain a high retention rate, as 97% of first-year students return for sophomore year.

Vanderbilt offers students unique and meaningful opportunities within the structure of an academically rigorous institution to discover who they are, who they may become, and how they might contribute to their communities in the future.




Nashville, Tennessee, offers a rich mosaic of cultures and recreational opportunities, as well as vibrant arts, business, tech, health, and education sectors. Known as Music City, U.S.A., Nashville hosts thousands of concerts each year in every genre and is recognized as one of the top college cities in America. Nashville’s many personalities and striking natural beauty attract people from around the world.    


Type of University: Vanderbilt is a private research university comprising four undergraduate and six graduate schools, more than 100 interdisciplinary centers and institutes, and a distinguished medical center.

Size of Campus: 330 contiguous acres designated a national arboretum in midtown Nashville

Number of Students: 6,883 undergraduates; 5,684 graduate and professional students; total enrollment: 12,567; student-faculty ratio: 8:1; international undergraduate population: 467

Number of Faculty: 1,033 (full time) University Central, excluding Medical School and School of Nursing

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees:
Undergraduate Schools: Blair School of Music, College of Arts and Science, Peabody College of Education and Human Development, and School of Engineering

Graduate Schools: The Divinity School, The Graduate School, Law School, Owen Graduate School of Management, School of Medicine, and School of Nursing

Majors at Vanderbilt
College of Arts & Science
• African American and Diaspora Studies
• American Studies
• Anthropology
• Art
• Asian Studies
• Biological Sciences
• Chemistry
• Cinema and Media Arts
• Classical Civilizations
• Classical Languages
• Classics
• Communication of Science and Technology
• Communication Studies
• Earth and Environmental Sciences
• Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology
• Economics
• Economics and History
• English
• Environmental Sociology
• European Studies
• French
• French and European Studies
• German
• German and European Studies
• History
• History of Art
• Italian and European Studies
• Jewish Studies
• Latin American Studies
• Latino and Latina Studies
• Mathematics
• Medicine, Health, and Society
• Molecular and Cellular Biology
• Neuroscience
• Philosophy
• Physics
• Political Science
• Psychology
• Public Policy Studies
• Religious Studies
• Russian
• Russian and European Studies
• Sociology
• Spanish
• Spanish and European Studies
• Spanish and Portuguese
• Spanish, Portuguese, and European Studies
• Theatre
• Women’s and Gender Studies

Blair School of Music
• Composition
• Musical Arts
• Musical Arts/Teacher Education
• Performance

School of Engineering
• Biomedical Engineering
• Chemical Engineering
• Civil Engineering
• Computer Engineering
• Computer Science
• Electrical Engineering
• Engineering Science
• Mechanical Engineering

Peabody College
• Child Development
• Child Studies
• Cognitive Studies
• Early Childhood Education
• Elementary Education
• Human and Organizational Development with tracks in:
– Community Leadership and Development
– Education Policy
– Health and Human Services
– International Leadership and Development
– Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness
• Secondary Education
• Special Education

Graduate/Professional Schools
• The Divinity School
• The Graduate School
• Law School
• Owen Graduate School of Management
• School of Medicine
• School of Nursing

Students interested in pre-architecture, pre-business, pre-law, or pre-medicine may pursue study in any of Vanderbilt’s 69 majors. All students have access to faculty members designated to provide advice regarding appropriate pre-professional curricula and the post-baccalaureate application process.

Geographic Diversity: Students from all 50 of the United States and 94 countries

International Student Services: Global Support Services (GSS), International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), and English Language Center (ELC)

International Student Budget: (2015–2016)
Tuition    $43,620
Housing    $9,580
Meals    $5,090
Books and Supplies    $1,370
Activities Fee/Rec Center Fee    $1,092
New Student Transcript Fee    $30
First-Year Experience Fee    $718
Personal Expenses    $2,780
Estimated Total (plus travel)    $64,280

First-Year Engineering Laboratory Fee and Laptop Allowance    $1,500*
Upperclass Laboratory Fee (engineering students only)    $650*

* The engineering laptop allowance and laboratory fee (for engineering students only) are listed in the student activities fee listed on the financial aid award notification letter. First-year engineering students are required to provide their own computer that meets published requirements. First-year engineering students who have been offered a Vanderbilt need-based grant as part of their package will have additional dollars added to the fall portion of their grant award to assist with the requirement to provide or purchase their own computer.

Financial Aid: For international students, the admission process is need-aware: the student’s financial circumstances may be considered in the admission decision. For all admitted students, Vanderbilt meets 100% of demonstrated financial need with a combination of grant assistance and a reasonable work expectation; loans are not included in financial aid packages. International students are eligible to apply for all merit scholarships.

Test Score Requirements: SAT Reasoning Test or ACT with Writing, and TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE

Application Deadlines and Fees:
Early Decision I—November 1
Early Decision II—January 1
Regular Decision—January 1
$50 application fee

For detailed admission and financial aid requirements and processes, visit