Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Science & Engineering 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.

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 advan
tage 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 Science
offers 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 who
graduate 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. Engi
neering 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 vari
ety 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 of
Nashville, 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. 


At A Glance

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

Enrollment (Fall 2018):
Undergraduate: 6,861; graduate and professional: 5,963; total enrollment: 12,824

First-Year Class Profile (Fall 2018):
• Black/African American: 11.9%; Hispanic of any race: 10.1%; Asian or Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 15.4%; American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.3%; two or more races: 5.6%; total minorities: 43.2%
International students: 12.4%
High schools attended: Public: 64%; private/other: 36%

Estimated Cost of Attendance 2019–2020:
Books and Supplies
Activities/Rec Center Fee
New Student Transcript Fee
First-Year Experience Fee
Personal Expenses
Estimated Total
$ 74,074

First-Year Engineering
Laptop Allowance*.
Laboratory Fee*

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

Average Financial Aid Package: $51,787

Freshman Retention Rate: 97%

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 89%

Student-Faculty Ratio: 7:1

Classes With Fewer Than 50 Students:

Majors at Vanderbilt

College of Arts and 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, East European, 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
• Integrated Studies
• Integrated Studies/Teacher Education
• Performance

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

Peabody College of Education and Human Development
• 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
• 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 any of Vanderbilt’s 68 majors. All students have access to faculty members designated to provide advice regarding appropriate pre-professional curricula and the postbaccalaureate application process.

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