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Vanderbilt University Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Vanderbilt University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. 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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2020 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Vanderbilt University was awarded 157 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is special education.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Vanderbilt as #18 out of 1,727 colleges and universities in the country on its 2020 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation!

Vanderbilt also holds the #1 spot on the Best Colleges in Tennessee ranking.

See all of the rankings for Vanderbilt University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Vanderbilt?

Acceptance Rate

Even if you have the best grades and high test scores, that may not be enough to get into Vanderbilt since the school has one of the most selective in the country. Its acceptance rate is a mere 11%, so there's no shame if you don't get in. Be sure to apply to other schools just in case.

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 )

Learn more about Vanderbilt University admissions.

Vanderbilt University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Vanderbilt it is much better at 7 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Vanderbilt University is 82%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  82 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

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Vanderbilt University.

Excellent Overall Diversity at Vanderbilt

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,885 undergraduates at Vanderbilt with 6,805 being full-time and 80 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 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 99.31 out of 100, Vanderbilt is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  99.31 out of 100
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How Much Does Vanderbilt University Cost?

The overall average net price of Vanderbilt is $19,959. 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 +
$1,168 $6,043 $11,146 $14,814 $34,694

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 $8,051 a year. That adds up to $32,204 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Vanderbilt is 0.7%. 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Vanderbilt with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $69,000 in their early years. This is good news for future Vanderbilt graduates since it is 69% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year.


See which majors at Vanderbilt University make the most money.

Location of Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Nashville, Tennessee. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city 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 82 majors graduated from Vanderbilt University. Of these students, 2,263 received undergraduate degrees and 2,284 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 291 $68,100
General Social Sciences 228 $54,300
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 226 $41,500
Mathematics 110 $75,500
Political Science & Government 101 $40,100
Computer Science 101 $97,800
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 100 $29,800
General Psychology 75 $32,100
Mechanical Engineering 73 $66,800
Romance Languages 67 $37,800

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 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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