Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

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A transformative science and engineering experience

Situated on a beautiful 334-acre campus in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, Vanderbilt University consists of 10 schools, four of which offer undergraduate programs. The combination of excellent academic rigor, a vibrant campus life, and an urban location attracts exceptionally talented students from around the world and consistently earns the University a top 20 ranking among the “Best National Universities” from U.S. News & World Report. Vanderbilt’s 7,000 undergraduate and 6,400 graduate students, coming from more than 97 countries, are continuously immersed in the multidisciplinary research and teaching that are at the heart of the campus community.

The University offers eight majors in the School of Engineering, including Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The College of Arts and Science offers a variety of disciplines such as Biological Sciences, Physics, and Neuroscience. With over 100 interdisciplinary research centers and institutions plus close proximity to the Vanderbilt Medical Center, undergraduate students have a variety of opportunities for research and internships. Vanderbilt’s 230,000-sq. ft. Engineering and Science building includes classroom and laboratory spaces, a 15,000-sq. ft. clean room, and the Wond’ry—the University’s epicenter for innovation and entrepreneurship. Through collaborative work environments, makerspaces, and cocurricular programming, the Wond’ry is the place where abstract ideas are transformed into concrete realities that make a difference in people’s lives.

At Vanderbilt, 56% of undergraduates participate in academic research, and with a 7:1 student-faculty ratio, students have easy access to faculty. Vanderbilt students take full advantage of student life by engaging in more than 475 student organizations, a full range of study abroad programs, Division I athletics, and a variety of exciting internship opportunities. The University makes a commitment to meet 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students, with no need to take out loans. First-year international applicants are also eligible to apply for all merit-based scholarships offered at Vanderbilt.



Ranked #14 among national universities | U.S. News & World Report, 2021


Ranked #2 among schools for “Best Quality of Life” | The Princeton Review, 2021


Ranked #1 among schools with “Great Financial Aid” | The Princeton Review, 2021


Ranked #2 on the “College City Gets High Marks” list for Nashville locale | The Princeton Review, 2021


Nashville ranked #2 among “US Cities with the Best Job Market” | Wall Street Journal, 2020

Vanderbilt At A Glance

Enrollment: 7,057 undergraduate students; 6,480 graduate/professional students; 9.4% international undergraduate students; 43.5% total undergraduate racial and ethnic diversity

Academics: 7:1 student-faculty ratio; 93% of classes with fewer than 50 students; 96% first-year student retention rate; 93% of students graduating in six years

Undergraduate admission (fall 2020): 36,646 first-year applicants; 4,259 admitted students

Student life: 475+ student organizations; NCAA Division I athletics; 32 club sports and 40+ intramural sports leagues

Financial aid and scholarships: 65% of undergraduates receiving some form of financial assistance; $55,287 average financial aid package for 2020–2021

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “I love Vanderbilt for two reasons: balance and community. As a Mechanical Engineering major, I appreciate that I still have time to do things outside of engineering, like minoring in Spanish, studying abroad, and climbing.”

    • Caroline Calabrese ’20
      Houston, Texas
  • “As a Computer Science major who’s interested in different kinds of interdisciplinary studies, I chose a school with a great STEM program that would also allow me to be a well-rounded student.”

    • Olivia Logan ’23
      Johns Creek, Georgia
  • “The Commons experience at Vanderbilt made me feel so at home. The transition to college was smooth for me because of the amazing bonds I made on The Commons.”

    • Emma Rafatjoo ’22
      Orange County, California
  • “Nashville is a great city for a college and its students. Great weather, great connections, great food, and of course great music make it an excellent place to call home.”

    • Harrison Stuart ’23
      San Antonio, Texas