Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

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Invested in people. Inspired by the greater good.

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. 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.

There are three teacher education programs at the Peabody College of Education and Human Development: Early Childhood & Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education. In all three programs, students get hands-on experience in the classroom early and often. In the first required Peabody class, students are already making classroom observations; this course is followed by a carefully designed set of practica in which students are given increasing responsibility for classroom activities. Undergraduates at Peabody College also have the opportunity to engage in world-class research with faculty; they coauthor faculty research papers—with research areas including learning sciences, psychology, and education policy—and present their work at professional conferences. Upon completion of the appropriate requirements, graduates of Peabody’s teacher education programs are recommended for licensure in Tennessee, which has reciprocity agreements with most states. Roughly 70% of Peabody’s graduates go straight into the classroom as full-time instructors, and roughly 20% go on to graduate studies.



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...

  • “My favorite class is Education, Society & the Teacher. We get to learn hands-on in the Nashville community about real issues and then are taught how to be agents of change.”

    • Lauren Britton ’22
  • “The friendly, welcoming atmosphere on Vanderbilt’s campus is like no other. This is a place where people truly build each other up. Vanderbilt is a perfect balance between academics, social life, and extracurricular activities.”

    • Rishara Weerakoon ’20
      London, United Kingdom
  • “The Commons experience at Vanderbilt made me feel at home. The transition to college was so smooth for me because of the amazing bonds I made on The Commons.”

    • Emma Rafatjoo ’22
      Orange County, California
  • “Vanderbilt stood out to me for the community and academics. I absolutely love Peabody, and I’m so glad I’m able to study education under world-class programs and faculty.”

    • Alex Grace ’23
      Natick, Massachusetts