Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

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Invested in people. Inspired by the greater good.

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 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.


There are three teacher education programs at the Peabody College of Education and Human Development: Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education. In all three programs, students get hands-on experience in 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 also have the opportunity to engage in world-class research with faculty; they coauthor faculty research papers—with research areas including learning sciences, psychology, and education policy—and present their work at professional conferences. Upon completion of the appropriate requirements, graduates of Peabody’s teacher education programs are recommended for licensure in Tennessee, which has reciprocity agreements with most states. Roughly 70% of Peabody’s graduates go straight into the classroom as full-time instructors, and roughly 20% go on to graduate studies. 



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


Ranked #6 among schools for “Learning Communities” | U.S. News & World Report, 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 stood out to me for the community and the academics. I absolutely love Peabody, and I am so glad that I am able to study education under world-class programs and faculty.”

    • Alex Grace, ’23
      Natick, Massachusetts
  • “I picked Vanderbilt because I wanted a school that valued diversity, was passionate about encouraging students to get involved in research, and had professors who are truly interested in your well-being and success.”

    • Olivia Boykin, ’24
      Bowie, Maryland
  • “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
  • “My favorite class is Education, Society, and the Teacher. We get to learn hands-on in the Nashville community about real issues, and then are taught how to be agents of change.”

    • Lauren Britton, ’22
      Hollywood, Florida