Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

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A community like no other

Situated on a beautiful 340-acre campus in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, Vanderbilt University consists of 10 schools, four of which offer undergraduate programs. The combination of excellent academic rigor, a vibrant campus life, and an urban location attracts exceptionally talented students from around the world and consistently earns the University a top 20 ranking among the “Best National Universities” from U.S. News & World Report. Vanderbilt’s 7,000 undergraduate and 6,500 graduate students, coming from more than 96 countries, are continuously immersed in the multidisciplinary research and teaching that are at the heart of the campus community.

Vanderbilt welcomes students from all over the world and is committed to nurturing a community that’s inclusive and respectful of differences. The university offers students the opportunity to engage with the community through numerous on-campus identity centers and affiliated organizations, including the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, Student Center for Social Justice & Identity, Vanderbilt Hillel, LGBTQI Life, and the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center—all of which promote academic success and cultivate spaces of belonging, care, and well-being.

At Vanderbilt, 63% of undergraduates participate in academic research, and with an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, students have easy access to faculty. Vanderbilt students take full advantage of student life by engaging in more than 475 student organizations, a full range of study abroad programs, Division I athletics, and a variety of exciting internship opportunities. The university makes a commitment to meet 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students, with no need to take out loans. First-year international applicants are also eligible to apply for all merit-based scholarships offered at Vanderbilt.



Ranked #13 among national universities | U.S. News & World Report, 2023


Ranked #2 among schools for “Best Quality of Life” | The Princeton Review, 2023


Ranked #1 among schools for “Great Financial Aid” | The Princeton Review, 2023


Ranked #2 on the “College City Gets High Marks” list for Nashville locale | The Princeton Review, 2023


Nashville ranked #4 among “Best Big Cities in the US”| Condé Nast Traveler, 2023

Vanderbilt At A Glance

Enrollment: 7,151 undergraduate students; 6,559 graduate/professional students; 10.1% international undergraduate students; 45.3% total undergraduate racial and ethnic diversity

Academics: 8:1 student-faculty ratio; 90% of classes with fewer than 50 students; 97% first-year student retention rate; 93% of students graduating in six years

Undergraduate admission (fall 2022): 46,377 first-year applicants; 3,093 admitted students

Student life: 475+ student organizations; NCAA Division I athletics; 32 club sports and 40+ intramural sports leagues

Financial aid and scholarships: 65% of undergraduates receiving some form of financial assistance; $65,889 average financial aid package for 2022–2023

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “Vanderbilt places every opportunity at your fingertips but will never tell you what you’re supposed to do with it. Students design their own version of success and are met with the most encouraging community.”

    • Maddie Woods ’22
      Mooresville, North Carolina
  • “The academics at Vanderbilt are beyond exceptional—each of its departments is well known internationally. Upon entering college, I knew whichever direction I went, I was going to be in good hands.”

    • Justin Carway ’22
      Naperville, Illinois
  • “What I love most about Vandy is its diversity—cultural, socioeconomic, passions, personalities. I love learning the stories of different people, and Vanderbilt has a great community for me to do that.”

    • Kevin Zhang ’22
      Qingdao, Shandong, China
  • “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