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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 8.2% of the most recently enrolled class.

Vanderbilt students take full advantage of student life by immersing themselves in over 430 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. This interdisciplinary approach is found in the impressive repertoire of interdisciplinary majors, research across disciplines, and the flexibility that students have to explore subject areas across all four undergraduate schools while delving deeply into at least one major area of study.

Vanderbilt faculty are committed to the undergraduate experience, earning Vanderbilt a top 15 ranking for “Best Undergraduate Teaching Among National Universities” for four consecutive years (U.S. News & World Report, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017). Vanderbilt’s 8:1 student-faculty ratio gives students access to faculty members across academic disciplines, and more than 50% of undergraduates participate in research alongside faculty. 

New academic initiatives at Vanderbilt include an undergraduate business minor and Immersion Vanderbilt, an initiative that calls for each undergraduate to participate in an intensive learning experience in and beyond the classroom with choices in the following pathways: civic and professional, creative expression, international, and research. 

New buildings at Vanderbilt include a 230,000-sq. ft. Engineering and Science Building, which contains state-of-the-art facilities designed for interdisciplinary problem solving, and the Wond’ry, the new campus epicenter for innovation and entrepreneurship.

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. About 40% of undergraduate students study abroad in over 120 direct-credit programs in more than 35 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 95 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.

Vanderbilt University welcomes students from all over the world, and the University is committed to nurturing a community that is inclusive and respectful of differences

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 deep engagement outside the classroom. 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 on The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons. This 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 on 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 an 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, 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.


Type of SCHOOL: Private research university comprising 10 schools and colleges, four of which enroll undergraduates

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

Number of Students: 6,885 undergraduates; 5,707 graduate and professional students; total enrollment: 12,592; student-faculty ratio: 8:1; international undergraduate population: 530

Number of Faculty: 1,421 full-time faculty

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 all 50 of the United States and 95 countries

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

International Student Budget: (2017–2018)
Tuition$ 46,500
Housing$   10,212
Meals$   5,372
Books and Supplies$    1,294
Activities Fee/Rec Center Fee$    1,164
New Student Transcript Fee$        100
First-Year Experience Fee$       765
Personal Expenses$   2,850
Estimated Total (plus travel)$68,257
First-Year Engineering Laboratory Laptop Allowance*$         1,600
Laboratory Fee*$            650

* The Engineering Laptop Allowance and Laboratory Fee apply to Engineering students only. First-year Engineering students are required to either purchase a laptop form Vanderbilt or provide their own computer that meets published requirements. 

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 or ACT, 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

Majors at Vanderbilt

College of Arts & Science
• African American and Diaspora Studies
• American Studies
• Anthropology
• Art
• Asian Studies
• Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
• Biological Sciences
• Chemistry
• Cinema and Media Arts
• Classical and Mediterranean Studies
• 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 and European Studies
• German Studies
• History
• History of Art
• Italian and European Studies
• Jewish Studies
• Latin American Studies
• Latino and Latina Studies
• Law, History, and Society
• 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 and 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 & Programs
• Divinity School
• Graduate School
• Law School
• Owen Graduate School of Management
• Peabody College of Education and Human Development
• School of Engineering
• 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 68 majors. All students have access to faculty members designated to provide advice regarding appropriate pre-professional curricula and the post-baccalaureate application process.