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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Registration is easy even if you don't always end up in what you want. Be prepared to work your ass off.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics are very rigorous and a lot is expected of the students.

5 College Junior

Academics: Every school has issues with professors that come solely for research, but are forced to teach on the side. Judging by average reviews on ratemyprofessor and other sites, though, Vandy is much less of a victim of this. Our teachers are overall better than pretty much every other school, and Vandy does truly have an undergrad focus. In my experience, my teachers have almost exclusively been great. The workload is difficult, and while it is relatively easy to have a GPA in the 3.3 range (except in a few engineering majors), it is difficult to get a very high GPA. The students at Vandy are as smart as anywhere. Vandy cares about demonstrated intelligence more than other top schools in admissions I'd say (other schools care a ton about uniqueness), and so students are pretty consistently smart across the board. Top students, top professors, lots of courses of study, truly cannot find better academics for general arts and sciences/HOD.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: My teachers are incredibly good

4 College Freshman

Academics: Very good professors, but with a large workload. Registration is annoying.

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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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 67 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 45 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 45 responses

  • 36% This was my dream school.
  • 56% This was one of my top choices.
  • 9% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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