Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University


Consistently ranked among the top 20 universities in the country, Vanderbilt is a private research university that features four undergraduate schools and six graduate and professional schools. Each year, 1,600 first-year students join the University, bringing the total undergraduate population to approximately 6,900. Vanderbilt consistently challenges some of America’s most talented students to expand their intellectual horizons in an inclusive environment based on open inquiry and respect. More than half of all undergraduates collaborate with professors on cutting edge research projects. The University’s interdisciplinary approach to education allows students to pursue a wide array of interests outside their main focus of study, and its progressive financial aid policies assure that it is often cited among the country’s best values in national universities.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach QuestBridge

Vanderbilt is a partner college with QuestBridge, which "connects the world's brightest low-income students to America's best universities and opportunities." Learn more about QuestBridge

Pre-College Summer Experience Vanderbilt Summer Academy (VSA)

Vanderbilt Summer Academy invites highly talented students (grades 7-12) to a residential summer program on campus. VSA offers engaging and challenging curricula in math, science and the humanities. The program integrates resources from the University’s many research programs directly into the classroom experience. Learn more about Vanderbilt Summer Academy (VSA)

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Counselors Conference: Partners in College Success

Designed for domestic and international high school counselors, and leaders of community-based organizations, Counselor Conference provides an opportunity to get to know our campus and our community, and to interact with current students, faculty, deans, and key members of the admissions staff. This program is one of the ways Vanderbilt builds and maintains partnerships with organizations focusing on low- and middle-income and first-generation college students.

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Vandy Fan for a Day

Vandy Fan for a Day provides high school sophomores and juniors of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds with information about selective college admissions and Vanderbilt’s need-based aid, and a chance to enjoy an SEC football game. High school counselors nominate students for this program held in the fall each year.

Open House, Fly-in, Visit MOSAIC Weekend

Held in mid-March, MOSAIC Weekend is designed to introduce admitted students from diverse backgrounds to Vanderbilt’s vibrant campus life. Selected admitted students receive early notice of their admission and an invitation to MOSAIC. The weekend features academic sessions, student activities and performances by a variety of student groups.

Scholarship & Financial Aid Posse University Partner – Founding Collegiate Partner

Vanderbilt is the founding collegiate partner in the Posse Foundation. Each year since 1989, Vanderbilt has recruited ten students from New York City through the Posse program to join our campus community. Many of these students are first-generation college students who are supported through the admission and educational process by the Vanderbilt-Posse partnership. Learn more about Posse University Partner – Founding Collegiate Partner

Scholarship & Financial Aid Chancellor’s Scholarship Program

The Chancellor’s Scholarship Program, established in 1985, selects students with outstanding leadership, strength of character, academic achievement and a deep-seated commitment to social justice to receive full-tuition plus a one-time stipend and programmatic support.

Student Diversity

  • 6,871
  • 49/51
  • n/a
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 13%
  • 9%
    Black or African American
  • 9%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 51%
  • 5%
    Two or more races
  • 5%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 7%

Student Success

  • 97%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 92%
    Six-year graduation
  • 90%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 92%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 920
    Full-time faculty
  • 136
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 8:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Economics; Human and Organizational Development; Medicine, Health, and Society; Political Science; Mathematics; Neuroscience; Psychology; Mechanical Engineering

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Asian American Student Association; Black Student Association; Vanderbilt Association of Hispanic Students; Latin American and Caribbean Vanderbilt Student Association; Muslim Students Association; South Asian Cultural Exchange


Cost of Attendance

  • $44,496
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $1,876
    Required Fees
  • $14,962
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $150,729,944
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $46,938
    Average aid package
  • $21,506
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 13%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 49%
    Students with financial need
  • 99%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 92%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 100%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 32,442
    # of applicants
  • 11%
  • 3.80
    Average HS GPA
  • 33
    ACT Composite
  • 700—790
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 720—800
    SAT Math
  • 690—770
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 01/01
    Regular application closing date
  • $50
    Application Fee
  • $50
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/01, 01/01
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date