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.