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Founded in 1873 with a $1 million gift from “Commodore” Cornelius Vanderbilt to establish an institution that would “contribute to strengthening the ties that should exist between all sections of our common country,” Vanderbilt today is a globally renowned research university. Its 10 schools reside on a parklike campus set in the urban heart of Nashville, Tennessee, providing a collaborative atmosphere of discovery that drives positive change in the world.

Top-ranked in both academics and financial aid, Vanderbilt offers an immersive living–learning undergraduate experience, with programs in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, music, education and human development. The university also is home to nationally and internationally recognized graduate schools of law, education, business, medicine, nursing and divinity, and offers robust graduate-degree programs across a range of disciplines.

Vanderbilt is committed to inclusive excellence, drawing the world's brightest students, faculty and distinguished visitors from across all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. The university's prominent alumni base includes Nobel Prize winners, members of Congress, governors, ambassadors, judges, admirals, CEOs, university presidents, physicians and attorneys, as well as professional sports figures playing in the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, the PGA and LPGA.

Vanderbilt, an independent, privately supported university, and the separate, nonprofit Vanderbilt University Medical Center share a respected name and enjoy close collaboration through education and research. Together, the number of people employed by these two organizations exceeds that of the largest private employer in the Middle Tennessee region.


Students (2018–2019)



  • Full-time: 6,789
  • Part-time: 72
  • Total: 6,861

Graduate and professional:

  • Full-time: 5,075
  • Part-time: 888
  • Total: 5,963
  • Total full-time students: 11,864
  • Total part-time students: 960


  • Men: 5,762 (45%)
  • Women: 7,062 (55%)
  • Percentage of undergraduates receiving some sort of financial aid: 65%
  • Undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio: 7:1

Undergraduate tuition: $48,600

First-Year Students (Fall 2018)

  • Number of first-year students: 1,602
  • Men: 49% of the class
  • Women: 51% of the class
  • SAT mid 50% range: 1450 –1560
  • ACT mid 50% range: 33 – 35
  • Number of applicants: 34,313

Race and Ethnicity, First-Year Students (Fall 2018)

  • White: 39.9%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander: 15.4%
  • Black: 11.9%
  • Hispanic: 10.1%
  • International: 12.4%
  • Two or more races: 5.6%
  • Race unknown: 4.4%
  • American Indian: 0.3%

Degrees Conferred (Spring 2018)

  • Baccalaureate: 1,716
  • Master's: 1,477
  • Ph.D.: 299
  • M.D.: 79
  • Other doctoral: 284
  • Total degrees conferred: 3,855 (no honorary degrees are conferred)

Enrollment by School

  • Blair School of Music: 210
  • College of Arts and Science: 4,036
  • Divinity School: 177
  • Graduate School: 2,137
  • Law School: 626
  • Owen Graduate School of Management: 599
  • Peabody College: 2,115
  • School of Engineering: 1,467
  • School of Medicine: 611
  • School of Nursing: 826
  • Division of Unclassified Studies: 13

Student Housing

  • Residence halls and apartments: 39
  • Capacity: 6,241
  • Fraternity and sorority houses: 23
  • Percentage of undergraduates who live on campus (2018–19): 94%

Regional Breakdown (all students)

  • New England: 4.4%
  • Midwest: 15.8%
  • South: 37.4%
  • Middle States: 13.5%
  • West: 10.1%
  • Southwest: 6.9%
  • U.S. Territories and Unspecified: 0.8%
  • International: 11.0%

Extracurricular activities

  • More than 500 clubs and organizations
  • Sororities: 15
  • Fraternities: 17

Schools and Degrees

  • College of Arts and Science: Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts*, Master of Science*, Master of Fine Arts*, Doctor of Philosophy*
  • Blair School of Music: Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Musical Arts
  • Divinity School: Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts*, Doctor of Philosophy*
  • School of Engineering: Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Science, Master of Engineering, Master of Science*, Doctor of Philosophy*
  • Graduate School: Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Liberal Arts and Science, Master of Fine Arts, Doctor of Philosophy
  • Law School: Master of Laws, Doctor of Jurisprudence, Doctor of Philosophy*
  • School of Medicine: Master of Science in Medical Physics, Master of Laboratory Investigation, Master of Education of the Deaf, Master of Science (Applied Clinical Informatics, Speech-Language Pathology), Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Clinical Investigation, Master of Genetic Counseling, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy*, Doctor of Audiology, Doctor of Medical Physics
  • School of Nursing: Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Philosophy*, Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Owen Graduate School of Management: Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Finance, Master of Accountancy, Master of Management in Health Care, Master of Marketing, Doctor of Philosophy*
  • Peabody College of education and human development: Bachelor of Science, Master of Education, Master of Public Policy, Master of Science*, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Philosophy*

* These degrees are awarded through the Graduate School.


Accreditation, Honors and Rankings

Vanderbilt University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, or call (404) 679-4500 with questions about the accreditation of Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt is a member of the Association of American Universities.

Nobel Laureates

  • Al Gore Jr., former U.S. vice president; attended Graduate School 1973; attended Law School 1977: awarded 2007 Peace Prize for efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change and to lay foundations to counteract such change
  • Muhammad Yunus, Ph.D. 1971: awarded 2006 Peace Prize for establishing the Grameen Bank and pioneering the practice of providing microloans to the impoverished
  • Stanley Cohen, Vanderbilt biochemistry professor (1959–90): awarded 1986 Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery with a colleague of epidermal growth factor
  • Stanford Moore, B.A. 1935: awarded 1972 Prize in Chemistry for fundamental contributions to the understanding of enzyme chemistry
  • Earl Sutherland Jr., Vanderbilt physiology professor (1963–73): awarded 1971 Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the metabolic regulating compound cyclic AMP
  • Max Delbruck,Vanderbilt physics professor (1940–47): awarded 1969 Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discoveries concerning the replication mechanism and the genetic structure of viruses


U.S. News & World Report (2019)

  • 14 — National Universities
  • 7 — Best Value Schools
  • 12 — High School Counselor Rankings
  • 1 — Educational Administration and Supervision (Peabody College)
  • 1 — Nurse–Midwifery, Audiology, and Speech–Language Pathology (graduate programs)
  • 2 — Special Education (Peabody College)
  • 8 — Graduate Schools of Education (Peabody College)
  • 10 — Medical Schools: Internal Medicine
  • 11 — Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • 14 — Nursing Schools: Master's
  • 17 — Law Schools
  • 17 — Medical Schools: Research
  • 26— Graduate Business Schools (Owen Graduate School of Management)
  • 37 — Graduate Engineering Schools
  • 74 — Best Global Universities (of 1,250 worldwide)

Reuters (2018)

  • 10 — World's Most Innovative Universities

Kiplinger (2018)

  • 4 — Best Value Among Private U.S. Universities
  • 7 — Best Value Among All U.S. Colleges

The Princeton Review (2019)

  • 1 — Great Financial Aid
  • 3 — Best Quality of Life, Happiest Students, Most Beautiful Campus
  • 4 — College City Gets High Marks, Town–Gown Relations Are Great
  • 6 — Best-Run Colleges, Students Love Their College



Employment (FY 2019) *

* In April 2016, Vanderbilt University Medical Center became an independent, financially distinct nonprofit organization. Employment figures shown here represent only faculty and staff of Vanderbilt University, plus Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty appointed by the university.

Total Vanderbilt University Staff: 4,427

  • Full time: 3,991
  • Part time: 436

Total Vanderbilt University Faculty: 4,726

  • Full time: 4,285
  • Part time: 441


Total Vanderbilt University faculty: 1,816

  • Full-time faculty: 2,817
  • Part-time faculty: 93

Total Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty: 2,910

Faculty with terminal degrees: 96%

Total Employment, Vanderbilt University: 9,153


  • Conference memberships: Southeastern Conference (Eastern Division); Southland Bowling League; American Athletic Conference (Lacrosse)
  • Men's varsity teams: Baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, tennis
  • Women's varsity teams: Basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field
  • National championships:
    • Women's tennis (2015)
    • Baseball (2014)
    • Bowling (2007, 2018)
  • Seating Capacity:
    • Memorial Gymnasium (basketball): 14,316
    • Vanderbilt Stadium (football): 40,350
    • Charles Hawkins Field (baseball): 3,626
  • School colors: black and gold
  • Mascot: Commodore, Mr. C


  • Number of living alumni: 136,064
  • Number of alumni residing in Nashville area: 24,471
  • Alumni Association founded: 1879
  • Number of alumni chapters worldwide: 41

Learn more at the Alumni website.



Located a mile and a half southwest of downtown Nashville, Vanderbilt is home to more than 300 tree and shrub varieties and was designated an arboretum in 1988. The oldest building on the original campus was constructed around 1859. The Peabody College section of campus has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark since 1966. Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory, located about nine miles from campus, also is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • 334 acres
  • 178 buildings
  • Total physical plant: 11.9 million square feet
  • Real estate (56 buildings): 2.7 million square feet
  • Campus map | Vicinity map


The Board of Trust is the governing body of the university. The chancellor, who is chosen by the Board of Trust, is the chief executive officer of the university. Susan R. Wente is interim chancellor of Vanderbilt University.

Officers of the Board

Complete list of members.

  • Bruce R. Evans, Chairman
  • Jeffrey J. Rothschild, Vice-Chairman
  • Jon Winkelried, Vice-Chairman
  • Adolpho A. Birch III, Secretary

General Officers

Susan R. WenteInterim Chancellor; Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
André L. ChurchwellInterim Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer
Steve ErtelVice Chancellor for Communications
Nathan GreenVice Chancellor for Government and Community Relations
Anders W. HallVice Chancellor for Investments and Chief Investment Officer
Eric C. KopstainVice Chancellor for Administration
John M. LutzVice Chancellor for Information Technology
Ruby ShellawayGeneral Counsel
Susie S. StalcupVice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations
Brett C. SweetVice Chancellor for Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Malcom TurnerVice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletics Director

Academic Leadership

Jeffrey R. Balser, M.D.Ph.D., Dean of the School of Medicine
Mark D. Bandas, Ph.D.Associate Provost and Dean of Students
Vanessa Beasley, Ph.D.Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of Residential Faculty
Camilla Persson Benbow, Ed.D.Dean of Peabody College
Douglas L. Christiansen, Ph.D.Vice Provost for University Enrollment Affairs and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Philippe M. Fauchet, Ph.D.Dean of the School of Engineering
John G. Geer, Ph.D.Dean of the College of Arts and Science
Melissa S. Gresalfi, Ph.D.Dean of The Ingram Commons
Chris Guthrie, J.D.Dean of the Law School
Valerie HotchkissUniversity Librarian
M. Eric Johnson, Ph.D.Dean of Owen Graduate School of Management
Linda D. Norman, D.S.N.Dean of the School of Nursing
Padma RaghavanVice Provost for Research
William RobinsonInterim Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives
Emilie M. Townes, Ph.D.Dean of the Divinity School
Mark Wait, D.M.A.Dean of Blair School of Music
Mark Wallace, Ph.D.Dean of the Graduate School

Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries

Vanderbilt University's Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries collect, manage and provide access to information. Comprised of nine libraries, the Heard Libraries rank among the top 50 research libraries in the nation and are home to extensive physical collections, databases, e-books, journals and archival materials. The oldest item in the Special Collections Library dates to 2500 B.C.E., and new publications are added daily. Librarians teach classes and engage in one-on-one consultations to teach everything from tools for digital scholarship to bibliographic research to information literacy. In addition to materials in support of Vanderbilt's research and curriculum, special collections strengths include the W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies; the Emmy Award-winning Television News Archive, the world's most extensive and complete archive of its kind; the Southern Literature and Culture Collection; Latin American collections for Brazil, Colombia, the Andes, Mesoamerica and Argentina; the U.S. Playing Card Company Collection; and the Global Music Archive. The libraries provide opportunities for discovery through their extensive collections, programs, exhibitions, lectures and workshops. The flagship Central Library was built in 1941, enlarged in 1969 and renovated in 2010. It is a LEED gold-certified, 21st-century center for intellectual and community activity, including gathering spaces, cafe, and exhibitions open to Vanderbilt and the wider public. The Peabody Education Library, which opened in 1919, is housed in a historic Carnegie library building. The Walker Management Library, Annette and Irwin Eskind Family Biomedical Library, and Sarah Shannon Stevenson Science and Engineering Library were restored or updated in 2017–18. And the Alyne Queener Massey Law Library, Divinity Library, and Anne Potter Wilson Music Library serve their schools' students and the entire Vanderbilt community.


Vanderbilt University
Financial Information (FY 2018)

Total Net Assets: $6.3 billion


  • Market value: $4.6 billion
  • Endowment payout: 4.7%
  • Endowment per student: $365,983

Unrestricted Operating Activity:

Operating Expenses by Function

  • Instruction and other student services: 65.6%
  • Institutional support: 16.9%
  • Research: 14.7%
  • Public service: 2.8%

Operating Revenues by Source

  • Net tuition, fees, room, board, other auxiliary: 31.6%
  • Affiliated entity revenue: 13.5%
  • Grants and contracts: 17.8%
  • Gifts and endowment distributions: 17.8%
  • Trademark, license and royalties: 9.7%
  • Investment income and other: 9.6%

The 2018 Financial Report is available here.

Vanderbilt University Research (FY 2018)

  • Total research expenditures funding: $230.7 million
  • Sponsored research and project awards: $215.0 million

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is an independent, nonprofit corporation that shares Vanderbilt University's respected name and collaborates closely with the university through education and research. With the only Level 1 (highest level) trauma center in Middle Tennessee and the region's only Level 4 (highest level) neonatal intensive care unit, Vanderbilt University Medical Center includes Vanderbilt University Hospital, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital, Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital, The Vanderbilt Clinic, and Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks. VUMC also helps coordinate care through the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network of more than 6,100 clinicians, 13 health systems, and 110 urgent-care clinics throughout Tennessee and surrounding states, creating the largest health care network in the region.

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