Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University includes four undergraduate schools and six graduate and professional schools situated on a park-like 330-acre campus located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. Vanderbilt's combination of excellent academics, vibrant campus life, and urban location attracts exceptionally talented students from around the world. From 91 countries and all 50 states, Vanderbilt's 6,900 undergraduate students and 5,700 graduate students represent a rich diversity of backgrounds. Among undergraduate students, 7.2 percent are international, 36.3 percent are minority, and 65 percent receive some type of financial assistance. Vanderbilt offers 69 majors across its four undergraduate schools - Blair School of Music, College of Arts and Science, Peabody College of Education and Human Development, and the School of Engineering. Students are encouraged to take advantage of Vanderbilt's interdisciplinary approach, and to take classes and explore interests across schools. With an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, close professor-student connections are made easily. Over 50 percent of undergraduates participate in research across academic disciplines and approximately 40 percent study abroad. In the spirit of innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration, there are exciting new academic initiatives at Vanderbilt: a 230,000 square-foot Science and Engineering Building; the Wond'ry, Vanderbilt's epicenter for entrepreneurship and innovation; a new undergraduate business minor, developed in collaboration with the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management; and Immersion Vanderbilt, which calls for each undergraduate to participate in an intensive learning experience in and beyond the classroom with choices in four pathways: civic and professional, creative expression, international, and research. Vanderbilt students often speak about maintaining a balance between challenging academics, an active social life, and myriad extracurricular activities. With 430+ student-led organizations mirroring the diverse array of interests and backgrounds represented at Vanderbilt, campus is always buzzing with activity. Service is important to Vanderbilt students who engage with the local and global community through a large number of volunteer programs and organizations, such as Alternative Spring Break which was founded at Vanderbilt. Ninety percent of undergraduates live on campus at Vanderbilt. All first-year students live on The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, a collection of ten residence houses clustered along one side of campus. A faculty member lives in each of the houses, facilitating easy and meaningful interactions between students and professors. Upperclass students have many housing options including traditional dorms, suites, themed housing, apartment-style, and Warren and Moore residential colleges. Expanding living-learning communities at Vanderbilt, the E. Bronson Ingram College is scheduled to open fall 2018. Vanderbilt's location in Midtown Nashville, in the heart of Music City, provides something for everyone: live music in every conceivable genre, and an abundance of restaurants, theaters, and shops, many within walking distance of campus. In addition, Nashville offers volunteer, internship, and job experiences in various industries including health care, publishing, technology, music, finance, and government. One year after graduation, more than 90 percent of Vanderbilt graduates are employed or attending graduate or professional school. Through Opportunity Vanderbilt, the University makes three important commitments which reflect a dedication to making a Vanderbilt education possible for students from many different economic circumstances: Vanderbilt is need-blind for all U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens; Vanderbilt meets 100 percent of demonstrated need for all admitted students; and Vanderbilt's financial aid packages do not include loans. Additionally, Vanderbilt offers approximately 300 merit-based scholarships each year.

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school_type year_founded religious_affiliation academic_calendar year_2016_endowment address telephone
Private, Coed 1873 N/A Semester $3.8 billion Nashville, TN 37240 (615) 322-7311
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86 100.0 Tennessee Nashville 128 28