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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics are the main draw for the school, and for good reason. Vanderbilt's professors are incredible, and they are really willing to work with you. The registration process is easy, and as fair as it can be. The workload is tough, but that is to be expected.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Being an education major at Vanderbilt is awesome because it is one of the top education schools, so all of the professors really know what they are talking about and really care about their subject. Everyone in Peabody is so friendly and willing to help.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 45th
    Smartest Professors
  • 57th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 70th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 103rd
    Best Course Variety
  • 161st
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christopher McDonald
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It goes without saying that an institution like Vanderbilt will boast a tremendous faculty, since teachers are truly at the heart of any high level university. What makes Vanderbilt so special is the interaction between faculty and students, a criterion where Vandy is an anomaly (in the absolute best sense of the word).

As a research university, the offerings are unlimited, and between all the departments and post-graduate schools, there is ample opportunity for a student to fully explore any discipline he or she so chooses. Combine this with a reasonably small student body and a fabulous student-to-teacher ratio, and you have a learning environment in which undergrads are treated like upper-division students from the moment they step on Vandy's campus their freshman year.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 68%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 26%
  • 50 or More Students: 6%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Blair School of Music
  • College of Arts and Science
  • Peabody College of Education and Human Development
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Nursing
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Economics and Econometrics: 3%
  • Law: 2%
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other: 2%
  • Social Science Research Methods: 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Best Places to Study
  • Baseball Glove Lounge
  • Biomedical Library
  • Branscomb Study Lounge
  • Commons Center
  • Peabody Library
  • The Pub
  • Sarratt Student Center
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't miss out on all the events Vanderbilt has to offer. There are great speakers, concerts, performances, and athletic events.
  • Establish and develop relationships with your professors as soon as possible. Go to office hours, ask questions, attend class, and remain engaged with the subject, and you will have much more success.
  • Get involved in organizations that interest you right at the beginning. It's a great way to meet people on campus and learn what your passions are. Begin to narrow down your interests and really develop them, but don't let one activity dominate every aspect of your life. Take advantage of as many different pursuits as possible.
  • The party scene is huge at Vandy, but academics are also very rigorous, so if you don't focus on school, you will be in trouble. Students live by a strict work hard, play hard mentality. This is a key point. If you get into Vanderbilt, you are an intelligent, well-adjusted person, and you should possess the study skills to get things done. Don't fall into the traps and seductions of the nightlife.
Did You Know?
Vanderbilt takes pride in its honest grades; you won't find runaway grade inflation here. Unlike the 92% of Harvard grads that graduated with honors, if you graduate from Vandy with honors, it will be a significant distinction.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 11 responses

  • 30% Al Gore Jr. - 45th U.S. vice president
  • 15% Amy Grant - Grammy award-winning singer
  • 15% Dierks Bentley - country singer
  • 11% Molly Sims - supermodel
  • 4% Michael Kantor - former secretary of commerce
  • 4% Grantland Rice - sportswriting legend
  • 4% Lamar Alexander - U.S. senator (R-TN)
  • 4% Skip Bayless
  • 4% Buster Olney
  • 4% David Price
  • 4% Bettie paige
  • 4% James patterson
  • 0% John Snyder - former Treasury secretary
  • 0% Matthew Hart - CFO for Hilton Hotels

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 31 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 32 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.



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