Resources › For Students and Parents Vanderbilt University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics Share Flipboard Email Print SeanPavonePhoto/Getty Images For Students and Parents College Admissions Testing Graphs College Admissions Process College Profiles College Rankings Choosing A College Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Allen Grove College Admissions Expert Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania B.S., Materials Science & Engineering and Literature, MIT Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Allen Grove Updated March 31, 2020 Vanderbilt University is a private research university with an acceptance rate of 9.1%. To apply, students can use the Common Application, Coalition Application, or Questbridge Application. Vanderbilt University has an Early Decision program that can improve admission chances for students who are sure the university is their top choice school. Considering applying to this highly selective school? Here are the Vanderbilt admissions statistics you should know. Why Vanderbilt University? Location: Nashville, TennesseeCampus Features: Vanderbilt's campus occupies 334 acres just southwest of downtown. The campus is a designated arboretum and National Historic Landmark.Student/Faculty Ratio: 7:1Athletics: The Vanderbilt Commodores compete in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference (SEC)Highlights: Students can choose from 69 bachelor degree programs offered across the university's 4 undergraduate colleges and schools. Student life is active with 10 sororities, 10 fraternities, and over 430 student clubs and organizations. Acceptance Rate During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, Vanderbilt University had an acceptance rate of 9.1%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 9 students were admitted, making Vanderbilt's admissions process highly selective. Admissions Statistics (2018-19) Number of Applicants 37,310 Percent Admitted 9.1% Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 47% SAT Scores and Requirements Vanderbilt requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 49% of admitted students submitted SAT scores. SAT Range (Admitted Students) Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile ERW 710 760 Math 750 800 ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing This admissions data tells us that most of Vanderbilt's admitted students fall within the top 7% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Vanderbilt scored between 710 and 760, while 25% scored below 710 and 25% scored above 760. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 750 and 800, while 25% scored below 750 and 25% scored a perfect 800. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1560 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Vanderbilt. Requirements Vanderbilt does not require the optional SAT essay section. Note that Vanderbilt participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. At Vanderbilt, SAT Subject tests are optional. ACT Scores and Requirements Vanderbilt requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 52% of admitted students submitted ACT scores. ACT Range (Admitted Students) Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile English 34 36 Math 31 35 Composite 33 35 This admissions data tells us that most of Vanderbilt's admitted students fall within the top 2% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Vanderbilt received a composite ACT score between 33 and 35, while 25% scored above 35 and 25% scored below 33. Requirements Note that Vanderbilt superscores ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. Vanderbilt does not require the optional ACT writing section. GPA In 2019, the average high school GPA of Vanderbilt University's incoming freshmen class was 3.84, and over 76% of incoming students had average GPAs of 4.0 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Vanderbilt have primarily A grades. Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph Vanderbilt University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex. The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Vanderbilt University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account. Admissions Chances Vanderbilt University has a highly competitive admissions pool with a low acceptance rate and high average GPAs and SAT/ACT scores. However, Vanderbilt has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their test scores are outside of Vanderbilt's average range. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. As you can see, most successful Vanderbilt applicants had GPAs in the "A" range, SAT scores (ERW+M) of about 1300 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 28 or higher. A large number of applicants had 4.0 GPAs. Clearly, the higher your grades and test scores, the better your chances of acceptance. However, many students with 4.0 GPAs and high standardized test scores are rejected each year. No matter how strong an applicant you are, you should consider Vanderbilt a reach school. All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and Vanderbilt University Undergraduate Admissions Office. How Competitive Is Princeton University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Northeastern University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Barnard College's Admissions Process? How Competitive is the Duke University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Haverford College's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is University of Richmond's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is University of Rochester's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Western Kentucky University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Reed College's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Georgetown University's Admissions Process? 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