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Study at Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University, or VU, is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational, research university in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. It was founded in 1873. The university is organized into four undergraduate and six graduate schools. Together, they enroll over 10, 000 students every year. U. S. News and World Report (2009 edition) ranked Vanderbilt 18th among national universities. The university is among the top 25 recipients of federal educational research funds.

Vanderbilt University's intercollegiate athletics teams are nicknamed the Commodores. The university is a charter member of the Southeastern Conference. Some of the notable alumni are Delbert Mann, Academy Award-winning director; Kelsie B. Harder, leading onomastician; and Greg Abbott, Attorney General of Texas.

Profile of Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University is in a large city, in Nashville, TN. The school is classified as a private, not-for-profit college. Students at Vanderbilt University earn degrees up to the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

There is a relatively broad range of courses and programs available at the school. The most common major fields study at Vanderbilt University include mathematics, engineering, and liberal arts.

Vanderbilt University Selectivity

The school does not admit all applicants. of people who applied to Vanderbilt University in 2007, 33% were accepted. The middle range of verbal SAT scores in 2007 was 640 to 740 for students at the school. While math SAT scores among applicants varied, those accepted commonly had scores between 660 and 740.


One indicator of school quality is the number of students per professor, and here Vanderbilt University does well in comparison to most schools. Some professors at the school are awarded tenure, allowing the school to retain good faculty members. Faculty salaries at Vanderbilt University are higher than most.

Student Enrolment

The school, in 2007, had 11, 847 students (11, 395 full-time equivalent).

Student Life

Most students at Vanderbilt University attend full-time. Dorm living is common. Athletic teams at Vanderbilt University belong to the Southeastern Conference for major sports.

Vanderbilt University Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts784social services, economics, English, political science, history, sociology, interdisciplinary studies, anthropology, . . .
Engineering363biomedical engineering, civil engineering, engineering science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, materials science
Education and Teaching286special ed, elementary school teaching, higher education administration, secondary teaching, educational administration, school Counselling, education, early childhood education, . . .
Business and Management284business management, organizational behavior, human resources development, operations management, finance, marketing, accounting, MIS, . . .
Law243law, foreign lawyers
Nursing and Emergency Medicine243nurse practitioner, adult health nursing, critical care nursing, pediatric nursing, mental health nursing, neonatal nursing, nurse midwifery, nursing science, . . .
Medicine214medicine, neuroscience, medical scientist, public health, medical physics
Science208chemistry, molecular biology, physics, microbiology, call and molecular biology, biology, oncology, ecology and population biology, . . .
Therapy and Counselling122psychology, child psychology, cognitive science, community psychology
Religion and Philosophy100ministry, theology, religion, philosophy
Media58communication studies
Computer Science and Engineering52computer science, computer engineering
Family and Social Work45public policy analysis, child development, community organization
Medical Support and Technology33audiology and speech pathology, audiology
Art Studies31art studies
Music31various music studies, violin, guitar, and strings, music performance, voice, music theory and composition, piano, music
Photography and Commercial Art3film studies
Fine Arts3fine arts
Drama and Performing Arts2drama
Medical administration0health care administration

Contact: Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University

2101 West End Avenue

Nashville, TN 37240

General Phone: (615) 322-7311


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