Vanderbilt University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Tolman Hall at Vanderbilt University
Tolman Hall at Vanderbilt University ( more photos). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

Admission to Vanderbilt University is highly selective: in 2016, the acceptance rate was a mere 11 percent. To be admitted, applicants will need to be strong in all areas: high grades in challenging classes, strong SAT or ACT scores, meaningful extracurricular activities, and winning admissions essays. The university allows several application options including the widely used Common Application. To see how you measure up at Vanderbilt, you can calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex.

Admissions Data (2016)

Vanderbilt University Description

Vanderbilt University is a private university located a little over a mile from downtown Nashville, Tennessee. The university tends to place well in national rankings with particular strengths in education, law, medicine, and business. Academics are supported by a healthy 8 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Because of its strong emphasis on research, Vanderbilt is a member of the Association of American Universities.

Its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned the school a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. In athletics, Student life at Vanderbilt is active, and the university is home to 16 sororities, 19 fraternities, and over 500 clubs and organizations. On the intercollegiate front, Vanderbilt is the only private university in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference.

The Commodores compete in six men's and nine women's varsity sports. Explore the campus with the Vanderbilt University photo tour

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 12,587 (6,871 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 49 percent male / 51 percent female
  • 99 percent Full-time

Costs (2016–17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $45,610
  • Books: $1,294 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $14,962
  • Other Expenses: $2,788
  • Total Cost: $64,654

Vanderbilt University Financial Aid (2015–16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 68 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 64 percent
    • Loans: 14 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $40,382
    • Loans: $7,901

Academic Programs

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 97 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 87 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 92 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Golf, Tennis, Track and Field, Basketball, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Track and Field, Basketball, Bowling, Swimming, Lacrosse, Soccer

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      Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics