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IPEDS ID: 221999
OPE ID: 00353500
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Vanderbilt University
2101 West End Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee 37240
General information:  (615) 322-7311
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  12,567 (6,883 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  8 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Navy, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2015Full timePart time
Total faculty4,046305
Research and public service49127
Total graduate assistants-1,408
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2013-20142014-20152015-20162016-2017% change 2015-2016 to 2016-2017
Tuition and fees$42,978$43,838$44,712$45,6102.0%
Books and supplies$1,370$1,370$1,370$1,294-5.5%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$14,094$14,382$14,670$14,9622.0%
Total Expenses2013-20142014-20152015-20162016-2017% change 2015-2016 to 2016-2017
On Campus$61,112$62,320$63,532$64,6541.8%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2016-2017
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition planX
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid11,10769%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,03765%$40,840,361$39,383
Federal grants20713%$1,054,135$5,092
Pell grants20713%$866,310$4,185
Other federal grants473%$187,825$3,996
State/local government grant or scholarships1358%$697,694$5,168
Institutional grants or scholarships1,01163%$39,088,532$38,663
Student loan aid20313%$1,573,940$7,753
Federal student loans18712%$972,673$5,201
Other student loans282%$601,267$21,474
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid14,37564%$169,042,525$38,638
Pell grants95614%$3,925,405$4,106
Federal student loans93114%$5,620,757$6,037
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$20,551$22,173$22,937
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2012-20132013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$7,411$6,905$6,947
$30,001 – $48,000$6,793$6,052$5,615
$48,001 – $75,000$9,047$8,620$9,578
$75,001 – $110,000$16,926$16,018$15,785
$110,001 and more$32,971$33,006$34,081
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2015
Total enrollment12,567
Undergraduate enrollment6,883
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment210
Graduate enrollment5,684
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 99%
Part-time: 1%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 50%
Female: 50%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 12%
Black or African American: 8%
Hispanic/Latino: 8%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 55%
Two or more races: 5%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 5%
Non-resident alien: 7%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 100%
25 and over: 0%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 8%
Out-of-state: 84%
Foreign countries: 7%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2014.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 88%
Part-time: 12%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: -1%
Enrolled in some distance education: -1%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 2%
Enrolled in some distance education: 2%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 97%
Undergraduate application fee (2016-2017): $50
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2015
Number of applicants31,46413,87117,593
Percent admitted12%14%10%
Percent admitted who enrolled44%43%44%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2015 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading710790
SAT Math720800
SAT Writing690770
ACT Composite3235
ACT English3335
ACT Math3135
ACT Writing810
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 97%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Returned in Fall 2015
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 87 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2015.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 92%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2007]
4-year: 87%
6-year: 93%
8-year: 93%
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 87%
6-year: 92%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2007 or Fall 2009
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 91%
Female: 93%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 100%
Asian: 89%
Black or African American: 87%
Hispanic/Latino: 88%
White: 94%
Two or more races: 100%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 91%
Non-resident alien: 88%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2015-2016
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
African-American/Black Studies4---
American/United States Studies/Civilization3---
Asian Studies/Civilization8---
European Studies/Civilization3---
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies0---
Latin American Studies25--
Women's Studies1---
Category total215--
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology-15-
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other--0-
Biology/Biological Sciences, General1106-
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology-113-
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology11---
Human/Medical Genetics--4-
Microbiology, General-16-
Molecular Biology31---
Molecular Physiology-16-
Oncology and Cancer Biology-012-
Pathology/Experimental Pathology-04-
Category total1281497-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting and Finance-9--
Business Administration and Management, General-691-
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other-32--
Finance, General-93--
Investments and Securities-4--
Management Information Systems, General-0--
Marketing/Marketing Management, General-17--
Operations Management and Supervision-17--
Organizational Behavior Studies-39--
Category total-3031-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Speech Communication and Rhetoric26---
Category total26---
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science48195-
Category total48195-
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-33--
Curriculum and Instruction-22--
Early Childhood Education and Teaching1---
Education, General6---
Education, Other0---
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness-5--
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-1521-
Elementary Education and Teaching1612--
Foreign Language Teacher Education0---
Health Teacher Education-1--
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration-358-
International and Comparative Education-17--
Music Teacher Education24--
Reading Teacher Education-7--
Secondary Education and Teaching1323--
Special Education and Teaching, General20505-
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other-09-
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor-14--
Urban Education and Leadership-27--
Category total5826543-
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering65109-
Chemical Engineering4918-
Civil Engineering, General26183-
Computer Engineering, General20---
Electrical and Electronics Engineering271310-
Engineering Science43---
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering-55-
Mechanical Engineering80611-
Category total3105346-
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing-6--
English Language and Literature, General42103-
Category total42163-
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Child Development1014--
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other-7--
Category total1021--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General71--
French Language and Literature1100-
German Language and Literature304-
Portuguese Language and Literature-0--
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General1-0-
Russian Language and Literature1---
Spanish Language and Literature423-
Category total2737-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing-34--
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist-03-
Critical Care Nursing-53--
Emergency Room/Trauma Nursing-11--
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing-66--
Health Services Administration-29--
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-19--
Health/Medical Physics-05-
International Public Health/International Health-0--
Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing-18-1
Medical Scientist-14--
Nurse Midwife/Nursing Midwifery-18--
Nursing Administration-2d--
Nursing Practice--43-
Nursing Science-27-
Pediatric Nurse/Nursing-64--
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing-34--
Public Health, General-23--
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other-0--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse-0--
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist-24--
Women's Health Nurse/Nursing-27--
Category total-438d1741
History, General3944-
History, Other25---
Category total6444-
Legal Professions and Studies
Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law-6--
Programs for Foreign Lawyers-52--
Category total-58182-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies-12--
Category total-12--
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General3337-
Category total3337-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Ancient Studies/Civilization1---
Cognitive Science20---
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other213122-
Science, Technology and Society3---
Category total237122-
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies1---
Religion/Religious Studies1213-
Category total21420-
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General13622-
Geology/Earth Science, General75--
Materials Science-05-
Physics, General7416-
Category total271543-
Clinical Child Psychology-7--
Community Psychology-23-
Developmental and Child Psychology31---
Psychology, General52138-
Category total832211-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Community Organization and Advocacy-20--
Education Policy Analysis-19--
Public Policy Analysis, General13---
Category total1339--
Social Sciences
Applied Economics--2-
Development Economics and International Development-38--
Economics, General23717-
Political Science and Government, General6666-
Social Sciences, General181---
Category total5085123-
Theology and Religious Vocations
Theology/Theological Studies-25--
Category total-64--
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation6---
Brass Instruments1---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General4---
Film/Cinema/Video Studies13---
Fine/Studio Arts, General10---
Keyboard Instruments4---
Music Theory and Composition3---
Music, General0---
Music, Other9---
Percussion Instruments0---
Stringed Instruments14---
Voice and Opera1---
Woodwind Instruments2---
Category total67---
Grand total1,7231,4216681
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 28
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 72
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 1
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution (*)
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $23,461
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $21,453
  • (*) One or more average amounts of benefits/assistance are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
Full-time students: 100%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2015-2016 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-FBSMenWomen
All Track Combined66
Track and Field, X-Country11
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges1/1/1895 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program(!)12/1/1973 - 6/30/2016Resigned
Nursing (CLNUR) - Clinical Doctorate1/1/2013 -  Accredited
Nursing (CLNUR) - Clinical Doctorate(!)8/12/2013 - 6/30/2016Resigned
Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
Nurse Midwifery (MIDWF) - Basic certificate and graduate nurse-midwifery education programs for registered nurses5/23/1995 -  Accredited
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Law (LAW) - Professional schools1/1/1925 -  Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS)12/13/1968 -  Accredited
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics12/3/1992 -  Accredited
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs4/1/1959 -  Accredited
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs1/12/1968 - 8/1/2003Resigned
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs1/12/1968 -  Accredited
Clinical doctoral program in Audiology8/1/2003 -  Accredited
Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theology7/1/1938 -  Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels5/5/2016 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels5/5/2016 -  Accredited
Council on Education for Public Health
Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health6/19/2010 -  Accredited
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
Radiologic Technology (RADTT) - Programs for radiation therapists(!)6/1/1974 - 9/30/2013Resigned
Liaison Committee on Medical Education
Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree7/1/1942 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1977 -  Accredited
Agency / Program / DepartmentPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship7/24/2006 -  Accredited
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
Vanderbilt University/VA Internship Consortium
3/1/1971 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2015 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201320142015
Illegal weapons possession203
Drug law violations131827
Liquor law violations294
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201320142015
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations252
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201320142015
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible17
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)0
Statutory rape00
Aggravated assault91021
Motor vehicle theft541
  • For 2014, Line d (reports of rape) was changed from 17 to 16 and Line e (reports of fondling) was changed from 6 to 7 because one occurrence of fondling had been mis-classified as a rape.
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201320142015
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible6
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)0
Statutory rape00
Aggravated assault008
Motor vehicle theft000
  • For 2014. Line d (reports of rape) was changed from 15 to 14 and Line e (reports of fondling) was changed from 2 to 3 because one occurrence of fondling had been mis-classified as a rape.
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201320122011
Default rate1.2%1.4%1.3%
Number in default212523
Number in repayment1,6991,7571,722
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)