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.
The University’s progressive financial aid policies assure it is often cited as one of the country’s “best values” among national universities. Vanderbilt students engage in interdisciplinary academic pursuits that produce life-changing moments, intricate questions with complex solutions, and remarkable opportunities to make a difference. Known 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 the School of Engineering is ranked as a top 40 undergraduate Engineering program.
As an internationally renowned university with strong ties across its 10 schools and colleges, neighboring institutions, and the Nashville community, Vanderbilt offers students pursuing an engineering- or science-related field a high degree of specialization combined with an outstanding liberal arts foundation.
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 internship opportunities.
Vanderbilt students and faculty believe that great ideas require more than one school of thought. At Vanderbilt, you can pursue undergraduate degrees in science and engineering while fulfilling your passion for music, the humanities, the social sciences, or education and human development. This innovative approach to education transcends singular subject matter and fosters higher-level critical-thinking skills.
The College of Arts and Scienceoffers majors in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Neuroscience, and Physics, among others, all of which offer intimate classroom experiences, typically supplemented by practicum experiences and research opportunities.
Our 7:1 student-faculty ratio gives students access to faculty members of prominence across academic disciplines. Students enrolled in the Schoolof Engineering will participate in a customizable first-year Engineering course and multidisciplinary design project and have the opportunity to pursue honors programs, double majors, undergraduate research, overseas study, and service learning.
New academic initiatives include an undergraduate Business minor andImmersion Vanderbilt, an initiative that calls for each undergraduate to pursue an intensive learning experience in and beyond the classroom with choices from four pathways: civic and professional, creative expression,international, and research.
More than 90% of students whograduate from the School of Engineering and choose to enter the workforce have a job within six months of graduation.
Opportunity Vanderbilt: affordability and accessibility
Vanderbilt makes three important commitments to ensure students from many different economic circumstances can enroll at Vanderbilt: the admission process is need-blind forUS citizens and eligible non-citizens (financial circumstances are not considered in the admission decision); aid packages meet 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students; and financial aid packagesdo not include loans. This initiative does not involve income bands or cutoffs that limit eligibility.
Using a holistic application review process and these financial aid policies, Vanderbilt admits talented students from diverse backgrounds who challenge each other inside and outside the classroom and together form a community of scholars.
Undergraduates at Vanderbilt are involved in science and engineering research across disciplines such as Biomedical Engineering, Physics, Biological Sciences, Neuroscience, and Chemical Engineering at the Vanderbilt Medical Center and in research centers and institutes.
Vanderbilt’s 230,000-sq. ft. Engineering and Science Building includes classroom and laboratory spaces, a 15,000-sq. ft. clean room, and the University’s epicenter for innovation and entrepreneurship, the Wond’ry. Through collaborative work environments, makerspaces, and curricular programming, the Wond’ry is the place where abstract ideas are transformed into concrete realities that make differences in people’s lives. Vanderbilt was ranked #10 by Reuters in 2018 on their “World’s Most Innovative Universities” list.
Engineering students pursue a variety of internship opportunities and engage in a required capstone experience (Design Day) in which they collaborate with peers to troubleshoot an engineering problem for global corporations or government entities, among others.
The School of Engineering, the College of Arts and Science, and the Vanderbilt University Medical Centerare collectively involved in exploring the human body at nanoscale, developing new ways to control light using nanoscale optics, and working with nanoscience computation and modeling. Other projects range from model-integrated computing to environmental remediation, disease detection to jet-powered artificial limbs, and software engineering to microelectronics.
The Vanderbilt community
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 surrounding a main dining and student center. Faculty live on The Ingram Commons, facilitating easy and meaningful interactions between students and professors.
Vanderbilt is located in the heart ofNashville, Tennessee, home to a diversepopulation of 1.8 million and marked by its unique blend of cosmopolitan flair and small-town charm. A thriving center of music, publishing, health care, and technology, Nashville is consistently ranked as one of America’s friendliest cities and was honored by Forbes as #3 for “Best Big Cities for Jobs” (2018).
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, stellar 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.