Vanderbilt University

1,146 reviews
  1. Nashville, TN
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    C+
Vanderbilt University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Southeastern Conference
Address
2101 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37240

Vanderbilt University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
13%
SAT Range
1430-1580
ACT Range
32-34
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$22,173/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $6,905/ year
  • $30-48k
    $6,052/ year
  • $49-75k
    $8,620/ year
  • $76-110k
    $16,018/ year
  • $110k+
    $33,006/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
8:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
80%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.75 responses
51%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.73 responses
29%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.72 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,778Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
14%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 54 responses
Report
  • Ambitious
    30%
  • Talented and intellegent
    26%
  • Rounded
    19%
  • Smart not nerdy, very friendly.
    9%
  • Lazy but intelligent
    7%
  • Pre-professional
    4%
  • Hot nerd
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
71%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.91 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.113 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 53 responses
Report
  • Southern school with Ivy League standards
    43%
  • Work hard, play hard
    34%
  • Awesome
    9%
  • Shallow
    6%
  • A study in contrasts
    4%
  • Hip
    2%
  • Lazy
    2%

After Vanderbilt University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$60,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
93%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.57 responses

Reviews

1,146 reviews
  • Excellent
    371
  • Very Good
    418
  • Average
    285
  • Poor
    43
  • Terrible
    29
The implementation of Kissam is a disaster. The lottery system used is not based on seniority like the rest of the campus. Additionally, the lottery is not as random as the school wishes you to believe, they have a male/female ratio that they maintain regardless of how the dice roll (look at an article written in the hustler a while back).

Additionally, a few of the dorms are in disrepair (Vandy/Barnard has a SERIOUS mold problem). Overall, however, when speaking generally housing is quite good at vandy comparative to other institutions.

Rule enforcement at vandy can be characterized as nothing less than "fascistic" on commons and in Kissam. However this varies from dorm to dorm more generally speaking. VUPD will not hesitate to bust a student for minor infractions as well.

However, everything else is in tip-top shape. The campus is BEAUTIFULLY maintained. Buildings are left unlocked so that students may have late night study or movie screenings! The campus is also basically a park in the middle of Nashville, so it is hard to complain.
  • College Junior
  • 11 months ago
I enjoy Vanderbilt. The professors are - for the most part - fairly approachable. The Math department seems unnecessarily difficult. Many of the Math professors have thick accents and bad handwriting.

The Commons is awesome. I enjoyed hanging out with the people on my floor as well as participating in the Commons Cup.

The school of engineering ok. There are definitely plenty of opportunities for students who want to supplement their education with research and internships.

One bummer is that the religious organization I got involved in was driven off campus due to a University policy a few years ago. It makes it inconvenient for meetings/events but we get by!

Price-wise Vanderbilt's financial aid package was very generous, which is one of the reasons I chose to go there. However, one downside I have noticed is that they reduce financial aid based off additional scholarships you receive and money you earn. Since coming here, I work two jobs (1 during the school year and 1 during the summer) and also received an outside scholarship: I'm receiving ~$39,000 from my scholarship and work. Since earning these extra monies, my financial aid has been reduced by ~ $34,000 which is somewhat frustrating, but whatever, it'll make me stronger.
  • College Junior
  • Aug 13 2015
It is a great school, but very challenging! The grading scale seems to be harder than other schools of its caliber. Sometimes classes seem overly difficult but there is not a substantial curve or grade inflation as is seen with other Ivy's or pseudo-Ivy's. The social scene is very dominated by Panhellenic and IFC Greek life. It is multicultural in the sense that are very several different backgrounds and races, but the different races often don't interact, so it can feel somewhat segregated. I wouldn't recommend the school for engineering majors because the department is not that developed or renowned.
  • College Sophomore
  • 4 months ago