Diversity

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

Diversity: I haven't spent a lot of time on the undergrad side of campus, but I've noticed a lot of different types of people on the Peabody side of campus.

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4 College Senior

Diversity: There's all kinds of people here.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a fair amount of diversity across campus. It is often overshadowed by the dominant Greek scene which has little-to-no diversity.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is "diversity" (goodness I hate that word), but most different "groups" segment themselves off.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: While the campus is not extraordinarily diverse, there are social pockets that really celebrate diversity. Besides that, the more homogenous student population tends to be fairly accepting of various racial, religious or gender backgrounds. Obviously no social organization is perfect, and there are detractors, but Vanderbilt generally tends to have a 'live and let live' attitude regarding diversity, contrary to its stigma.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christopher McDonald
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Diversity and integration are extremely touchy subjects. It is one thing to have diversity on paper, but quite another to actually achieve true diversity. Obviously, you cannot have real diversity if different kinds of people are not well represented, but once that has been achieved, it is up to the students to follow through.

Vanderbilt has become more diverse over the last few years, and the admissions board has made a real point of trying to continue to bring different kinds of people into the Vanderbubble. They've really made good progress recently. What remains to be seen, however, is whether or not the students (of all groups) at Vandy are interested in making a concerted effort. Right now, the answer is no.

Facts & Statistics

African American
8%
Asian
7%
Hispanic
8%
International
6%
Native American
0%
White
62%
Unknown
6%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
91%
Common States of Residence
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • New York
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 26%
20-21: 27%
22-24: 18%
25+: 27%
Female Faculty
41%
Male Faculty
59%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 11%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 82%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
There is a growing gay community at Vanderbilt, and they have a very noticeable and positive presence on campus. The gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender association at Vandy is called Lambda—no one can escape the Greek nature of the school—and it holds regular meetings and events. Homophobia definitely exists at Vanderbilt, but it is almost entirely kept under wraps.
Political Activity
There are occasional rallies at Vanderbilt for a wide scope of causes. It seems that about half of the school is passionately and actively involved in politics, while the other half remains apathetic. Not much of a middle ground exists, but on the average, the student body has become more interested in the outside world in recent years.
Economic Status
Most students come from middle- and upper-class families.
Most Common Religions
The most popular religions on campus are Catholicism and Protestantism, but there are large and growing populations of Jews and Muslims. In fact, the Jewish student groups on campus are among some of the most active organizations at Vanderbilt.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Black Student Union, Muslim Student Association, Asian-American Students Association, Masala South Asian Cultural Exchange, Vanderbilt Association of Hispanic Students, African Student Association

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 44 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 7% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 16% Conservative
  • 34% Moderate
  • 25% Liberal
  • 14% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 44 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 39% Conservative
  • 36% Moderate
  • 7% Not sure
  • 9% Liberal
  • 7% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 44 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 43 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 44 responses

  • 7% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 16% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 50% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 27% Very accepting.
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