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Location
Nashville, TN
Undergrads
6,731
Tuition
$42,118
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Academics: There are great and challenging courses, as should be expected, but Vanderbilt does not foster a true learning environment. It is competitive and detached.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Academics: Good academics, but I would expect better from most top 20 universities. There are too many adjunct professors on campus, the class sizes are very large and professors are often concerned more with research than with teaching.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: We aren't top 20 for no reason.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Academics: Academics are moderately strenuous, but applicants are well aware of the workload that comes with such a prestigious University. It's been possible for me to double major and minor, so obviously there is a lot of wiggle room.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are usually very knowledgeable and accessible, and those who aren't are part of a very small minority.

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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
8:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
905
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
270
Total FT Faculty
3,557
Faculty with Terminal Degree
97%
Average Faculty Salary
$109,761
Full-Time Retention Rate
96%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Transfer-Out Rate
7%
Graduation Rate
92%
Programs/Majors Offered
148
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
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 10 responses

  • 28% Al Gore Jr. - 45th U.S. vice president
  • 16% Amy Grant - Grammy award-winning singer
  • 16% Dierks Bentley - country singer
  • 12% Molly Sims - supermodel
  • 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% Michael Kantor - former secretary of commerce
  • 0% John Snyder - former Treasury secretary
  • 0% Matthew Hart - CFO for Hilton Hotels

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 30 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 31 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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