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.
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%; two or more races: 5.6%; American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.3%; total minorities: 43.3%
• International students: 12.4%
• High schools attended: Public—64%; private/other—36%
Estimated Cost of Attendance 2019–2020:
Books and Supplies: $1,294
Activities/Rec Center Fee: $1,272
New Student Transcript Fee: $100
First-Year Experience Fee: $836
Personal Expenses: $2,874
Estimated Total: $74,074
Laptop Allowance*: $1,600
Laboratory Fee*: $800
*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: 92%
The University’s progressive financial aid policies assure that 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 anoutstanding quality of student life,Vanderbilt is consistently ranked among the top 20 universities in thecountry by U.S. News & World Report.
Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development has been ranked one of the top eight graduate schools of Education for over 20 consecutive years by U.S. News &World Report. Undergraduates pursuing Education degrees at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College study in a rich interdisciplinary environment with students whose ideas complement and challenge each other.
Vanderbilt students take full advantage 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 an undergraduate degreein Education while also studying science, the humanities, engineering, social science, or the arts. In fact, in two of the three Teacher Education programs at Vanderbilt, students are required to add a second non-Education major. This innovative approach to education transcendssingular subject matter and fosters an interdisciplinary perspective.
Our 7:1 student-faculty ratio gives students access to faculty membersacross academic disciplines, and more than 50% of undergraduates participate in research alongside faculty. New academic initiatives atVanderbilt include an undergraduate Business minor and ImmersionVanderbilt, an initiative that callsfor each undergraduate to pursue anintensive learning experience in and beyond the classroom with choices from four pathways: civic and professional, creative expression, international, and research. Vanderbilt’s230,000-sq. ft. Engineering and Science Building includes classroom and laboratory space, 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. These opportunities are available to all undergraduates, regardless of major.
Teacher Education majors
There are three Teacher Education programs at Peabody: Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education. In all three programs, students get hands-on experiencein the classroom early and often. In the first required Peabody class, students are already making classroom observations; this course is followed by a carefully designed set of practica in which students are given increasing responsibility for classroom activities.
Undergraduates at Peabody College have the opportunity to engage in world-class research with faculty. Students coauthor faculty research papers and present their work at professional conferences. Research areas at Peabody include the learning sciences, psychology, and education policy. Peabody is home to more than 15 research and outreach centers, including three national research centers. Results from research conducted at Peabody are put into practice in schools across the country.
Upon completion of the appro-priate requirements, graduates ofPeabody’s Teacher Education programs are recommended for licensure in Tennessee, which has reciprocal agreements with most states. Roughly 70% of Peabody’s Teacher Education graduates go straight into the classroom as full-time instructors, and more than 20% go on to graduate studies.
Opportunity Vanderbilt: affordability and accessibility
Vanderbilt makes three important commitments to ensure that 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 packages donot include loans. This initiative doesnot involve income bands or cutoffs that limit eligibility.
Using a holistic application review process and with these financial aid policies, Vanderbilt admits talented students from diverse backgrounds who challenge each other both inside and outside the classroom and together form a community of scholars.
Life at Vanderbilt includes rigorous academics combined with deepengagement outside the classroom. Vanderbilt is committed to fostering inquiry, dialogue, and a greater appreciation of the racial, cultural,geographic, and political perspectives that make up the Vanderbiltmosaic. Whether organizing a Schools for Schools event with Invisible Children, indulging in an Indian food dinner and dance celebration at the annual Diwali festival, or interning at one of Nashville’s 200+recording studios, Vanderbilt students are deeply engaged in activities andopportunities on campus and in the surrounding community. With 16 men’s and women’s Division I athletic teams, Vanderbilt is the smallestand only private school in the legendary Southeastern Conference.
Your first year at Vanderbilt will be a chance to experience life on TheMartha Rivers Ingram Commons. This living/learning community, based on the Oxford-Cambridge model, consists of 10 residence halls,or “houses,” surrounding a main dining and student center. Faculty liveon The Ingram Commons, facilitating easy and meaningful interactionsbetween students and professors. Frequent educational and social programming at The Ingram Commons invites students and faculty to explore current events and social issues.
The Vanderbilt community
Vanderbilt is located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, home to a diverse population of 1.8 million andmarked 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’sfriendliest cities and was honored by Forbes as the #3 “Best Big Cityfor Jobs” (2018).
Vanderbilt attracts students from across the country and around theworld and sits on a 330-acre campus, designated an arboretum. An active campus life, stellar academics, and an urban setting work to maintain a high retention rate, as97% of first-year students return 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 howthey might contribute to their communities in the future.