Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

International Profile

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Founded in 1873, Vanderbilt University has a long history of academic excellence, a strong tradition of community, a dedication to research, and a commitment to diversity. Vanderbilt—situated on a beautiful 334-acre campus in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee—includes 10 schools, four of which have undergraduate programs. The combination of excellent academics, a vibrant campus life, and an urban location attracts exceptionally talented students from around the world, consistently earning the University a top 20 ranking among national schools from U.S. News & World Report in 2021. Vanderbilt’s 7,000 undergraduate students and 6,400 graduate students from more than 97 countries are continuously immersed in the multidisciplinary research and teaching that are at the heart of the Vanderbilt University community. 

Vanderbilt welcomes students from all over the world, and the University is committed to nurturing a community that’s inclusive and respectful of differences. 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 as well as counseling and advocacy regarding immigration, cross-cultural, and personal matters. In addition, a wide variety of international student organizations help make Vanderbilt a home away from home for all. 

At Vanderbilt, 56% of undergraduates participate in academic research, and with a 7:1 student-faculty ratio, students always have easy access to faculty. Vanderbilt students take full advantage of student life by engaging in over 475 student organizations, a range of study abroad programs, Division I athletics, and a variety of exciting internship opportunities. Vanderbilt makes the commitment to meet 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students—without loans. International first-year applicants are eligible to apply for all merit-based scholarships offered at Vanderbilt.



Ranked #14 among national universities | U.S. News & World Report, 2021


Ranked #2 among schools for “Best Quality of Life” | The Princeton Review, 2021


Ranked #1 among schools with “Great Financial Aid” | The Princeton Review, 2021


Ranked #2 on the “College City Gets High Marks” list for Nashville locale | The Princeton Review, 2021


Nashville ranked #2 among “US Cities with the Best Job Market” | Wall Street Journal, 2020


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 USA, 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.    

Vanderbilt At A Glance

Type of School: Private research university comprised of 10 schools and colleges, four of which enroll undergraduates

Size of Campus: 334 contiguous acres designated as an arboretum in Midtown Nashville

Number of Students: 7,057 undergraduate students; 6,480 graduate/professional students 
• 43.5% total undergraduate racial and ethnic diversity
• 9.4% undergraduate international students 
• 7:1 student-faculty ratio
• 93% of classes with fewer than 50 students
• 96% first-year student retention rate
• 93% of students graduating in six years 

Number of Faculty: 1,431 full-time faculty members

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: Divinity School, Graduate School, Law School, Owen Graduate School of Management, Peabody College of Education and Human Development, School of Engineering, School of Medicine, and School of Nursing

Geographic Diversity: Students from 49 states and 97 countries

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

International Student Budget: (2020–2021)
• Tuition: $52,780
• Housing: $11,640
• Meals: $5,961
• Books and Supplies: $1,194
• Student Services Fee: $1,377
• New Student Transcript Fee: $100
• First-Year Fee: $874
• Personal Expenses: $3,022
• Estimated Total (plus travel):$76,948 

Additional Expenses for First-Year Engineering*
• Laptop Allowance: $1,600
• Engineering Fee: $1,000

* First-year Engineering students are required to either purchase a laptop from Vanderbilt or provide their own computer that meets published requirements. 

Financial Aid: 65% of undergraduates receiving some form of financial assistance; for fall 2020, 72 international students from 35 countries received awards ranging from $17,347–$83,320 per year.

Test Score Requirements: Visit for more information. 

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

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “When I was deciding what school I would attend, Vanderbilt stood out. It seemed like a place that would challenge me and help me grow while providing a support system that would ensure my success.”

    • Chidiogo Nwakoby ’22
      Enugu, Nigeria
  • “The friendly, welcoming atmosphere on Vanderbilt’s campus is like no other. This is a place where people truly build each other up. Vanderbilt is a perfect balance between academics, social life, and extracurricular activities.”

    • Rishara Weerakoon ’20
      London, United Kingdom
  • “The Commons experience at Vanderbilt made me feel at home. The transition to college was so smooth for me because of the amazing bonds I made on The Commons.”

    • Emma Rafatjoo ’22
      Orange County, California
  • “Nashville is a great city for a college and its students. Great weather, great connections, great food, and of course great music make it an excellent place to call home.”

    • Harrison Stuart ’23
      San Antonio, Texas