A Collaborative Intellectual Environment
Vanderbilt students hail from across the country and around the globe, representing myriad backgrounds, perspectives, experiences, and lifestyles. From the first moment on campus, students are part of a highly energetic, intellectually inspiring, and deeply caring community. Vanderbilt students are passionately involved—in the classroom, on campus, in Nashville, and throughout the world. They simultaneously embrace Vanderbilt’s history and build its future, working together within a collaborative and inclusive environment, and alongside world-renowned faculty.
At Vanderbilt, promising scholars connect with top innovators in every discipline. Students enjoy world-class academic offerings through four undergraduate schools:
- College of Arts and Science
- School of Engineering
- Peabody College of Education and Human Development
- Blair School of Music
Vanderbilt offers 67 majors and students are encouraged to explore their interests and take classes in all four schools. Approximately one-third of students choose to double major, often in disciplines housed in separate schools, and about a half add a minor. Vanderbilt nurtures versatility, allowing students to develop skills and talents for life beyond college.
Learn more about at academics admissions.vanderbilt.edu/academics.
New Academic Initiatives
- The Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s epicenter for innovation and entrepreneurship
- The 230,000-square-foot Engineering and Science Building with state-of-the-art facilities
- Immersion Vanderbilt calls for each undergraduate to undertake an intensive learning experience in and beyond the classroom with choices in the following pathways: civic and professional, creative expression, international, and research.
- The undergraduate business minor, open to students in all four undergraduate schools
Among the many decisions you are currently facing regarding your college search may be the choice between a top-tier research university and a teaching-focused liberal arts college. At Vanderbilt, you do not have to choose. Vanderbilt students conduct research across academic disciplines regardless of their major field of study.
Over 50 percent of Vanderbilt undergraduates participate in research by the time they graduate. Opportunities include generous university-funded summer research stipends and departmental honors programs. Faculty are excited to work with undergraduates in high-level research and creative projects across multiple disciplines, including natural and social sciences, humanities, the arts, engineering, education, and medicine.
Learn more about undergraduate research at research.vanderbilt.edu/undergrad-research.
Vanderbilt’s 6,900 undergraduates come from all 50 states in the U.S. and nearly 51 countries worldwide; 41% are students of color and 8.8% are international students. Students bring a variety of backgrounds, thought, and identities to campus, creating a well-rounded academic and social experience.
A key ingredient to any Vanderbilt student’s success is balance. This balance is one reason why Vanderbilt has earned the #1 ranking for Best Quality of Life from Princeton Review, 2020. Students fully immerse themselves in over 420 student organizations, including service, performing arts, cultural, Greek, religious/spiritual, sports, activism, and much more. Vanderbilt competes in 16 Division I sports in the legendary Southeastern Conference and Vanderbilt undergraduates attend sporting events for free.
Learn more about student life at admissions.vanderbilt.edu/life.
Living on campus is an integral part of the Vanderbilt education, supporting and complementing the academic experience and furthering student growth and development.
All first-year students at Vanderbilt live in one of 10 houses on The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons. Each is led by a faculty head of house who lives among the students and helps to guide the intellectual and social life of the house.
Students have many residential options after the first year, including suites, apartment-style housing, or themed housing. Warren and Moore Colleges extend the dynamic living-learning experience of The Commons through sophomore, junior, and senior years, and E. Bronson Ingram College, the newest addition to Vanderbilt’s College Halls experience, opened fall 2018.
As a part of Vanderbilt's FutureVU land use plan, three new residential colleges will be constructed along West End Avenue for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The first of the three will open in August 2020.
Learn more about residential life at admissions.vanderbilt.edu/life.
Vanderbilt is located in the heart of Nashville, a thriving city that combines cosmopolitan flair with down home charm. Rated the #3 “Best Big Cities for Jobs” by Forbes and ranked one of “The World's Best Cities 2018" by Best Cities.
Nashville offers an amazing backdrop to your college experience. Students enjoy the city's unmatched music scene, wide-open green spaces, vibrant culinary culture, and trendy urban neighborhoods.
Learn more about Nashville at admissions.vanderbilt.edu/nashville.
Early Decision I
- November 1, 2019 — Deadline for completed application
- Mid December 2019 — Admission decisions available
- December 31, 2019 — Deadline for matriculation deposit
Early Decision II
- January 1, 2020 — Deadline for completed application
- Mid February 2020 — Admission decisions available
- March 1, 2020 — Deadline for matriculation deposit
- January 1, 2020 — Deadline for completed application
- Late March 2020 — Admission decisions available
- May 1, 2020 — Deadline for matriculation deposit
- March 15, 2020 — Priority deadline for submitting completed application
- Beginning Mid-April, 2020 — Admissions decisions available on a rolling basis
For more information about dates and deadlines, visit admissions.vanderbilt.edu/dates.
Required Application Materials
- All required parts of the Coalition Application, the Common Application, or the QuestBridge Application
- $50 nonrefundable application fee, or fee waiver for qualified students
- Official high school transcript
- Counselor letter of recommendation
- Two academic teacher letters of recommendation
- Official SAT or ACT scores (SAT code: 1871 / ACT code: 4036), and if applicable, TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson
For more information about application materials, visit admissions.vanderbilt.edu/quickguide.
Opportunity Vanderbilt Need-Based Scholarships
Opportunity Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt's need-based scholarship program, reflects the belief that a world-class education should be accessible to all qualified students regardless of their economic circumstances. Sixty-six percent of Vanderbilt undergraduates receive some form of financial assistance. The average financial aid award for undergraduates in 2018/2019 was $51,787.
Vanderbilt makes three commitments to cultivate a community of talented intellectuals from all social, cultural, and economic backgrounds:
- Your ability to pay won’t affect your chance of admission (for U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens).
- We meet 100% of your family’s demonstrated financial need.
- Your financial aid will NOT include loans. This initiative does not include income bands or income cutoffs that limit eligibility.
Learn more about Vanderbilt's commitment to access and affordability through need-based financial aid at admissions.vanderbilt.edu/financial-aid.
Vanderbilt awards merit-based scholarships to applicants who demonstrate exceptional accomplishment and intellectual promise. Vanderbilt’s three signature merit scholarships offer full-tuition awards for up to eight semesters plus a summer stipend for research, study abroad, a creative endeavor, or the required Immersion Vanderbilt experience. The deadline to submit merit scholarship applications is December 1, 2019.
Learn more about Vanderbilt's merit scholarship programs at vanderbilt.edu/scholarships.
A campus visit provides one great way to discover whether a school fits your academic and personal interests. Vanderbilt offers a variety of programs to help you learn about its campus community:
Please visit the Vanderbilt Admissions website for more information.