Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Vanderbilt University Ranked?

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2022 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 679 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is European studies.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, Vanderbilt is ranked #37 out of 2,576 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.

Vanderbilt is also ranked #1 out of 50 schools in Tennessee.

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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

The student to faculty ratio at Vanderbilt is an impressive 7 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

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 80%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  80 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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Vanderbilt University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,886 undergraduates at Vanderbilt with 6,833 being full-time and 53 being part-time.

How Much Does Vanderbilt University Cost?

The overall average net price of Vanderbilt is $19,432. 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 +
$3,156 $6,017 $8,086 $14,890 $36,667

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. 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 1.0%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Vanderbilt make around $69,000 per year during the early years of their employment. 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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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, 2,261 received undergraduate degrees and 2,227 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 257 $68,100
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 232 $41,500
General Social Sciences 227 $54,300
Computer Science 147 $97,800
Mathematics 121 $75,500
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 100 $29,800
Political Science & Government 97 $40,100
General Psychology 74 $32,100
Romance Languages 63 $37,800
Engineering Science 55 $61,700

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

Online Learning at Vanderbilt

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2018-2019, 1,039 students took at least one online class at Vanderbilt University. This is an increase from the 826 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 1,039 494
2017-2018 826 252
2016-2017 307 112
2015-2016 289 96
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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