Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Health & Medicine Profile

Diversity of culture, thinking, learning, and leading

Situated on a beautiful 334-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 6,400 graduate students, coming from more than 97 countries, are continuously immersed in the multidisciplinary research and teaching that are at the heart of the campus community. At Vanderbilt, 56% of undergraduates participate in academic research, and with a 7:1 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.

Vanderbilt students and faculty believe great ideas require more than one school of thought. While Pre-medical students must complete prerequisite courses for medical or nursing school, they can also select any of the University’s 70 majors. These majors include traditional fields of study such as Biology, Chemistry, and Neuroscience as well as non-traditional majors like Medicine, Health & Society (MHS)—a major unique to Vanderbilt. This interdisciplinary major explores the cross-section between medical practice and health care policy within various social and cultural frameworks. Vanderbilt also offers pre-professional advising to aspiring medical professionals through the Health Professions Advisory Office.



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

Vanderbilt At A Glance

Enrollment: 7,057 undergraduate students; 6,480 graduate/professional students; 9.4% international undergraduate students; 43.5% total undergraduate racial and ethnic diversity

Academics: 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

Undergraduate admission (fall 2020): 36,646 first-year applicants; 4,259 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; $55,287 average financial aid package for 2020–2021

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “I chose Vanderbilt for the genuine community. As a Pre-med student, I prioritized placing myself in a supportive environment that would carry me rather than burden me in the midst of typical pre-med stressors."

    • Olivia Dominguez ’21
      Mount Prospect, Illinois
  • “I love shadowing doctors at Vanderbilt Medical Center. I’ve been able to gain exposure to the hospital, learn how to interact with other adults and patients, and develop a wealth of medical knowledge.”

    • Jennie Reisman ’22
      Villanova, Pennsylvania
  • “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