Vanderbilt University

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Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University

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location students adm. int’l. fresh grad GPA ACT SAT TOEFL
Villanova, PA 7,032 23% 2% 96% 89% 4.0 31 1390 90

Vanderbilt University is a private institution that was founded in 1873. Situated on a park-like 330-acre campus located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, also known as “Music City,” students will find plenty of off-campus options for dining, shopping, music and entertainment. Vanderbilt comprises ten schools including four undergraduate programs. Vanderbilt’s combination of excellent academics, vibrant campus life, and urban location attracts exceptionally talented students from around the world.


Vanderbilt offers 68 majors across four undergraduate schools: Blair School of Music, College of Arts and Science, Peabody College of Education and Human Development, and the School of Engineering. Students are encouraged to take advantage of Vanderbilt’s interdisciplinary approach, and to take classes and explore interests across schools. Vanderbilt’s student-faculty ratio is 7:1, and the school has 66% of its classes with fewer than 20 students. Popular majors include Economics, Social Science Research Methods, and Liberal Arts & Humanities.

Special Highlights

Living Learning Communities. LLCs provide opportunities for students with similar educational interests to live together in residence halls offering structured learning environments. These communities are connected by various academic departments. Specifically, the McTyeire International House is a partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences, and the McGill Project is supported by the departments of Fine Arts and Philosophy. Our programs are designed to attract diversity. Students from any school or discipline who wish to live in an LLC are welcome.

Heard Libraries. Comprised of nine libraries, the Heard Libraries rank among the top 50 research libraries in the nation. In addition to materials in support of Vanderbilt’s research and curriculum, special collections include the W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies; the Emmy Award-winning Television News Archive; the Southern Literature and Culture Collection; Latin American collections; the U.S. Playing Card Company Collection; and the Global Music Archive. The oldest item in Special Collections dates from 2500 B.C.E. The libraries provide opportunities for discovery through these collections plus programs, exhibitions, lectures and workshops.

School Mission & Unique Qualities

Vanderbilt is home to more than 300 tree and shrub varieties and was designated an arboretum in 1988. The oldest building on the original campus was constructed around 1859. The Peabody College section of campus has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark. Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory, located about nine miles from campus, also is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Student Reviews…

“Vanderbilt is an incredible institution that clearly cares about their students! I’ve felt safe, supported and cared for all four years that I’ve been here. I’ve been encouraged to pursue my interests in and outside of the classroom and attended countless events.”