Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Performing Arts Profile

Build skills for life at Vanderbilt

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.

Visual and performing arts flourish at Vanderbilt both inside and outside the classroom. Majors in the College of Arts and Science include Art, Cinema & Media Arts, History of Art, and Theatre. The Blair School of Music, an undergraduate-only school, offers conservatory-level training in Jazz Studies, Music Composition, Music Integrated Studies, Music Integrated Studies/Teacher Education, and Music Performance, all within the context of a strong liberal arts curriculum. Blair students enjoy access to world-class facilities, including superb acoustic spaces, performance halls, and sound-insulated studios. Students perform at Vanderbilt’s Neely Auditorium while they study acting, directing, dramatic literature, playwriting, theatre, history and criticism, and theatre design and technology. For students studying the visual arts, the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center boasts state-of-the-art lighting and an experimental gallery as well as several exhibition halls and informal meeting spaces.



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...

  • “When I was deciding what school I’d attend, Vanderbilt stood out. It seemed like a place that would challenge me and help me grow while providing a support system that would ensure my success.”

    • Chidiogo Nwakoby ’22
      Enugu, Nigeria
  • “I chose Vanderbilt because I’m able to have the music conservatory experience at Blair while also taking other classes in subjects I’m interested in such as French and politics.”

    • Meghan Leong ’21
      Fremont, California
  • “The Commons experience at Vanderbilt made me feel so at home. The transition to college was smooth for me because of the amazing bonds I made on The Commons.”

    • Emma Rafatjoo ’22
      Orange County, California
  • “I love being able to attend concerts and eat at delicious restaurants in the heart of Nashville. I love music, and Vanderbilt has numerous performance organizations that students can join. There’s always something to do!”

    • Ashli Alexander ’21
      Atlanta, Georgia