Located in the heart of Nashville, TN, Vanderbilt is a mid-sized, high-level research university, that attracts a diverse group of highly talented students from around the country and the world. In an inclusive residential environment, students take advantage of 70 majors across four undergraduate schools, 475+ student-led organizations, and all that Nashville has to offer. The Opportunity Vanderbilt financial aid program helps make a Vanderbilt education affordable for all admitted students regardless of their economic circumstances. Over 60% of students conduct academic research, over 50% study abroad, and over 70% participate in at least one internship while at Vanderbilt.

Academic Programs

  • Engineering
  • Research
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Communication
  • Music
  • Art & Design
  • Economics
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Science
  • Visual Arts

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Greek Life
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • Military/Veteran Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • ROTC Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines

First-year

Vanderbilt seeks students of all backgrounds who have demonstrated strong academic skills and intellectual curiosity, and who have engaged in meaningful activities outside the classroom. For details about how to apply, visit admissions.vanderbilt.edu/apply/first-year-process/

Vanderbilt considers you a first-year student if you have not completed the equivalent of at least 12 semester hours of credit after completing high school (high school degree or GED). Courses taken as dual-enrollment do not count towards these hours if those credits are being used to graduate from your high school program.

Transfer

Students from accredited institutions are welcome to apply for transfer admission. For transfer applicants, Vanderbilt seeks students of all backgrounds who have demonstrated strong academic skills in high school and college, and who have engaged in meaningful activities outside the classroom. Vanderbilt considers you a transfer student if you have completed the equivalent of at least 12 semester hours of credit after completing high school (high school degree or GED). Courses taken as dual-enrollment do not count towards these hours if those credits are being used to graduate from your high school program.

For details about how to apply, visit admissions.vanderbilt.edu/apply/transfer-process/

Additional Information

Our resolve to make a Vanderbilt education accessible and affordable to all admitted students is stronger than ever. Both our need-based and merit-based scholarships reflect our dedication to making a Vanderbilt education possible. 

Opportunity Vanderbilt Need-based Scholarships
Our Opportunity Vanderbilt need-based scholarship program makes three commitments. First, for U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens, your ability to pay is not part of the admission decision. Second, we meet 100% of your family’s demonstrated need. Third, your financial aid award will not include loans. Opportunity Vanderbilt does all of this without income bands or income cutoffs that limit eligibility. Learn more on our website.

Signature Merit Scholarships
Three signature scholarships – the Ingram Scholars Program, the Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship, and the Chancellor’s Scholarship – comprise the majority of Vanderbilt’s merit-based awards. Recipients of these scholarships are guaranteed full-tuition awards for up to eight semesters that include a stipend for research, study abroad, a creative endeavor, or the required Immersion Vanderbilt experience. Learn more on our website.
 

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Visit campus to experience Vanderbilt's 340-acre, park-like setting in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. Learn more and register at vu.edu/visit.

You can also explore Vanderbilt through VirtualVU, online offerings spanning a wide variety of topics.

One of my favorite aspects of Vanderbilt is the amazing community of students. I really appreciate our culture of collaboration over competition and that each student has a unique passion or interest that they love sharing with others. I really wanted to be a part of a motivated group of learners both inside and outside the classroom, so Vanderbilt was the best fit for me!

Reethi Padmanabhan, Biomedical Engineering major, '23
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School location
Address

2305 West End Ave
Nashville, TN 37203-1727, United States of America

Phone number

(615) 322-2561

Region

South

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