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Vanderbilt University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Vanderbilt University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Vanderbilt University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Vanderbilt University was awarded 119 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general social sciences.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Vanderbilt is ranked #24 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

Out of the 42 colleges in Tennessee, Vanderbilt is ranked at #1.

See all of the rankings for Vanderbilt University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Vanderbilt?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 11%, Vanderbilt is one of the most selective schools in the country. Good grades and high test scores alone may not be enough to get you into the school, so do your best to submit a stellar application.

Average Test Scores

About 34% of students accepted to Vanderbilt submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 710 and 770. Math scores were between 730 and 800.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Vanderbilt University  ( 710 to 770 )

SAT Math Scores for Vanderbilt University  ( 730 to 800 )
Vanderbilt received ACT scores from 74% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 32 and 35.

ACT Composite Scores for Vanderbilt University  ( 32 to 35 )

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Vanderbilt University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Vanderbilt, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 7 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Vanderbilt University is 84%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  84 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Vanderbilt University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 97% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Vanderbilt University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  97 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Vanderbilt for first-time, full-time students is 87%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  87 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Vanderbilt

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,861 undergraduates at Vanderbilt with 6,789 being full-time and 72 being part-time.

Vanderbilt Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

With an overall score of 99.74 out of 100, Vanderbilt is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  99.74 out of 100
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How Much Does Vanderbilt University Cost?

The overall average net price of Vanderbilt is $20,253. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Vanderbilt

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$3,965 $3,525 $8,529 $15,085 $38,132

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Vanderbilt, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Vanderbilt, approximately 13% of students took out student loans averaging $9,367 a year. That adds up to $37,468 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Vanderbilt is 1.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Vanderbilt Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt make about $69,000 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Vanderbilt students since it is 73% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Vanderbilt University make the most money.

Location of Vanderbilt University

Located in Nashville, Tennessee, Vanderbilt University is a private not-for-profit institution. Nashville is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Location of Vanderbilt University

Contact details for Vanderbilt are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2101 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37240
Phone: 615-322-7311

Vanderbilt University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 86 majors graduated from Vanderbilt University. Of these students, 2,280 received undergraduate degrees and 2,195 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Economics 297 $68,100
General Social Sciences 223 $54,300
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 207 $41,500
Mathematics 126 $75,500
Computer Science 114 $97,800
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 113 $29,800
Political Science & Government 110 $40,100
Romance Languages 81 $37,800
Mechanical Engineering 77 $66,800
History 70 $26,500

Learn more about the majors offered at Vanderbilt University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Vanderbilt

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 826 students took at least one online class at Vanderbilt University. This is an increase from the 307 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 826 252
2016-2017 307 112
2015-2016 289 96
2014-2015 182 95
2013-2014 227 138

Learn more about online learning at Vanderbilt University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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