Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University, or VU, is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational, research university in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. It was founded in 1873. The university is organized into four undergraduate and six graduate schools. Together, they enroll over 10,000 students every year. U.S. News & World Report (2009 edition) ranked Vanderbilt 18th among national universities. The university is among the top 25 recipients of federal educational research funds.

Vanderbilt University's intercollegiate athletics teams are nicknamed the Commodores. The university is a charter member of the Southeastern Conference. Some of the notable alumni are Delbert Mann, Academy Award-winning director; Kelsie B. Harder, leading onomastician; and Greg Abbott, Attorney General of Texas.

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Contacting Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University
2101 West End Avenue
Nashville , TN 37240
General Phone: (615) 322-7311

Vanderbilt University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts893American studies, East Asian studies, Central/Middle Eastern studies, European studies, Latin American studies, Russian studies, Western European studies, German studies, Spanish studies, ...
Engineering374biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering science, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science
Nursing and Emergency Medicine282nursing administration, adult health nursing, nurse practitioner, neonatal nursing, nurse midwifery, nursing science, pediatric nursing, mental health nursing, clinical nurse specialist, ...
Business and Management277business management, operations management, business administration, accounting, finance, organizational behavior, human resources development, marketing
Law244law, foreign lawyers
Education and Teaching242education, educational administration, educational supervision, higher education administration, educational research, comparative education, special ed, education of hearing impaired, school counseling, ...
Science230biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, biochem/biophysics/molecular biology, call and molecular biology, microbiology, human genetics, molecular physiology, pathology, ...
Medicine175neuroscience, medicine, medical scientist, public health, medical physics
Religion and Philosophy136philosophy, religion, Jewish studies, theology, ministry
Therapy and Counseling115cognitive science, psychology, community psychology, child psychology
Computer Science and Engineering57computer science, computer engineering
Family and Social Work55child development, community organization, public policy analysis
Media42communication studies
Music32music, music performance, music theory and composition, piano, voice, violin, guitar, and strings, various music studies
Medical Support and Technology31audiology, speech pathology, audiology and speech pathology
Art Studies17art studies
Fine Arts4fine arts, art history and criticism
Drama and Performing Arts4drama
Photography and Commercial Art4film studies
Medical Administration0health care administration

Number of programs and degrees for Vanderbilt University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,54270
Master's degree1,04487
Doctor's degree29749
First-professional degree3533

Vanderbilt University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Vanderbilt University had a total enrollment of 11,847 students (9,351 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 50%
Women 50%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 53%
Graduate 37%
First Professional 10%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 62%
Black 8%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 5%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 13%
(Foreign Students) 8%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 25%
20-21 26%
22-24 18%
25-29 18%
30-34 6%
35-39 3%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York7%
(International Students)4%
New Jersey3%
North Carolina2%
South Carolina1%

Vanderbilt University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 96 %

Vanderbilt University Room and Board (2007)

Vanderbilt University offers campus housing for 5,689 of its 9,351 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Nashville, Tennessee for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Tennessee Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Vanderbilt University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal650740
SAT Math680760
SAT Writing650730
ACT Verbal3134
ACT Math2934
ACT Composite3033

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT63%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT50%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Vanderbilt University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 37,005
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 37,005
Room and board $ 12,028
Room charge $ 7,828
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,200
Books and supplies $ 1,208
Other expenses $ 2,062

Financial Aid:
Vanderbilt University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 353500)

Vanderbilt University Faculty

Vanderbilt University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track222122
Non-tenured and not on tenure track989886

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year2*1*
Associate professorcalendar year2*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year4$100,4282*
Instructorcalendar year0*1*
Lecturercalendar year2*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year10$100,8376$84,538

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year272$144,88267$151,763
Associate professoracademic year129$95,52968$90,083
Assistant professoracademic year109$74,25683$69,772
Instructoracademic year0*1*
Lectureracademic year50$49,52371$48,586
All faculty totalacademic year560$111,252290$88,208

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Vanderbilt University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Southeastern Conference
Basketball Southeastern Conference
Baseball Southeastern Conference
Track Southeastern Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports355590

Vanderbilt University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Finance, General
Human Resources Development
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Education, Other
Education/Teaching Individuals - Hearing Impairments
Educational Evaluation and Research
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
International and Comparative Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Science
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Materials Science
Mechanical Engineering

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Community Organization and Advocacy
Public Policy Analysis

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Law (LLB, JD)
Programs for Foreign Lawyers (LLM, MCL)

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Applied Economics
Central/Middle and Eastern European Studies
Classical/Ancient Mediterranean/Near Eastern Studies & Archaeology
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
Creative Writing
Development Economics and International Development
East Asian Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
European Studies/Civilization
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
German Studies
History, General
History, Other
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Portuguese Language and Literature
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Russian Language and Literature
Russian Studies
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Spanish and Iberian Studies
Western European Studies
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Health/Medical Physics
Medical Scientist (MS, PhD)
Medicine (MD)
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Music, Other
Piano and Organ
Violin, Viola, Guitar and Other Stringed Instruments
Voice and Opera

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Critical Care Nursing
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing
Nurse Midwife/Nursing Midwifery
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
Nursing Science (MS, PhD)
Nursing, Other
Pediatric Nurse/Nursing
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Divinity/Ministry (BD, MDiv)
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Religion/Religious Studies
Theology/Theological Studies

Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemistry, General
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Human/Medical Genetics
Microbiology, General
Molecular Biology
Molecular Physiology
Oncology and Cancer Biology
Pathology/Experimental Pathology
Physics, General
Science, Technology and Society

Therapy And Counseling
Cognitive Science
Community Psychology
Developmental and Child Psychology
Psychology, General

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