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Cornelius Vanderbilt had a vision of a place that would “contribute to strengthening the ties that should exist between all sections of our common country” when he gave $1 million to create a university in 1873.

Today that vision has been realized in Vanderbilt, an internationally recognized research university in Nashville, Tennessee, with strong partnerships among its 10 schools, neighboring institutions and the community.

Vanderbilt offers undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, music, education and human development, as well as a full range of graduate and professional degrees. The combination of cutting edge research, liberal arts, nationally recognized schools of business and divinity, one of the top graduate schools of education in the country and a distinguished medical center creates an invigorating atmosphere where students tailor their education to meet their goals and researchers collaborate to solve complex questions affecting our health, culture and society. Vanderbilt provides a gateway to greatness, drawing the best and brightest students from across the nation and around the world. Vanderbilt alumni can be found in Congress, on the judicial bench, in the pulpit, heading corporations, conducting innovative medical research, writing for and appearing on the stage and screen, and playing in the NFL and major league baseball. An independent, privately supported university, Vanderbilt is the largest private employer in Middle Tennessee and the second largest private employer based in the state.


Students (2014/2015)



  • Full-time: 6,767
  • Part-time: 84
  • Total: 6,851

Graduate and professional:

  • Full-time: 5,104
  • Part-time: 770
  • Total: 5,874

Total full-time students: 11,871 Total part-time students: 854 TOTAL: 12,725* *Includes duplicate students enrolled in joint programs Men: 5,921 (47%) Women: 6,804 (53%) Percentage of undergraduates who live on campus: 86% Percentage of undergraduates receiving some sort of financial aid: 64.8% Undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1

Undergraduate tuition: $42,768

New Freshmen (Fall 2014)

  • Number of new freshmen: 1,605
  • SAT I-verbal mid 50% range: 710 – 780
  • SAT I-math mid 50% range: 720 – 800
  • ACT mid 50% range: 32 – 34
  • Number of applicants: 29,518

Degrees Conferred (2014)

  • Baccalaureate: 1,663
  • Master’s: 1,416
  • Ph.D.: 296
  • M.D.: 91
  • Other doctoral: 284
  • Total degrees conferred: 3,750 No honorary degrees are conferred

Enrollment by School

  • College of Arts and Science: 4,149
  • Blair School of Music: 193
  • Divinity School: 239
  • School of Engineering: 1,397
  • Graduate School: 2,230
  • Law School: 591
  • School of Medicine: 630
  • School of Nursing: 850
  • Owen Graduate School of Management: 558
  • Peabody College: 1,858
  • Division of Unclassified Studies: 30

Student Housing

  • Residence halls and apartments: 39
  • Capacity: 5,448
  • Fraternity and Sorority Houses: 26

Regional Breakdown

  • New England 4.52%
  • Midwest 15.97%
  • South 41.06%
  • Middle States 12.84%
  • West 8.56%
  • Southwest 6.98%
  • U.S. Territories and Unspecified 0.59%
  • International 9.48%

Extracurricular activities


Schools and Degrees

  • College of Arts and Science: Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts*, Master of Fine Arts*, Master of Science*, Doctor of Philosophy*
  • Blair School of Music: Bachelor of Music
  • 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 Laboratory Investigation, Master of Science in Medical Physics, Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Clinical Investigation, Master of Health Professions Education, Master of Education of the Deaf, Master of Science (Speech-Language Pathology), Master of Science in Clinical Investigation, Doctor of Audiology, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Medical Physics, Doctor of Philosophy*
  • School of Nursing: Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science*, 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, Doctor of Philosophy*
  • Peabody College of Education and Human Development: Bachelor of Science, Master of Education, Master of Public Policy, Master of Arts in Teaching*, Master of Science*, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Philosophy*

*These degrees are awarded through the Graduate School

Accreditation, Honors and Rankings

The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's, master's, education specialist's and doctor's degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt is a member of the Association of American Universities.

Nobel Laureates

  • Al Gore, Jr., attended graduate school 1973, attended law school 1977, 2007 Peace Prize for efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about manmade climate change and to lay foundations to counteract such change.
  • Muhammad Yunus, Ph.D. 1971, 2006 Peace Prize for establishing the Grameen Bank and his pioneering the practice of providing micro loans to the impoverished.
  • Stanley CohenMedical Center faculty member (1959-90), 1986 Prize in Medicine, for his discovery with a colleague of epidermal growth factor.
  • Stanford Moore, B.A. 1935, 1972 Prize in Chemistry, for fundamental contributions to the understanding of enzyme chemistry.
  • Earl Sutherland Jr., Medical Center faculty member (1963-73), 1971 Prize in Medicine, for his discovery of the metabolic regulating compound cyclic AMP.
  • Max Delbruck ,Vanderbilt physics professor (1940-47), 1969 Prize in Physiology or Medicine, for discoveries concerning the replication mechanism and the genetic structure of viruses.


U.S. News & World Report

  • 16th — National Universities (undergraduate)
  • 8th — Best Undergraduate Teaching
  • 11th — Best Value (undergraduate)
  • 16th — Economic Diversity of Students among Top 25 School
  • 20th — National Universities Favored by High School Counselors
  • 1st — Audiology (Hearing & Speech Sciences)
  • 2nd — Graduate Schools of Education (Peabody College)
  • 3rd — Midwifery (School of Nursing)
  • 3rd — Speech-Language Pathology (Hearing & Speech Sciences)
  • 15th — Research-Oriented Medical Schools
  • 15th — Graduate Schools of Nursing
  • 16th — Law Schools
  • 25th — Graduate Business Schools
  • 31st — Undergraduate Engineering Schools
  • 34th — Graduate Engineering Schools


  • 15th — Best Value in Private Colleges

Bloomberg Businessweek

  • 30th — Best Full-Time MBA Program

Princeton Review

    • 1st — Colleges with the Happiest Students

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Nationally ranked in six specialties Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt: Nationally ranked in nine specialties.


Employment (FY 2013/2014)

Staff: 20,572

    University Central Medical Center
Full-time 19,862 4,236 15,626
Part-time 710 181 529
Total Staff 20,572 4,417 16,155

Faculty: 4,147

Full-time faculty by school:

Total full-time faculty: 3,742 Part-time faculty: 405 Faculty with terminal degrees: 96%

Total Faculty and Staff: 25,026


  • Conference membership: Southeastern Conference (Eastern Division); Big East (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
  • Seating Capacity:
    • Memorial Gymnasium (basketball): 14,326
    • Vanderbilt Stadium (football): 40,350
    • Charles Hawkins Field (baseball): 3,700
    • School Colors: Black and gold
    • Mascot: Commodore


  • Number of living alumni: 135,000
  • Number of alumni residing in Nashville: 21,000
  • Alumni Association founded: 1879
  • Number of alumni clubs 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 a national arboretum in 1988. The oldest building on the original campus was constructed around 1859. The Peabody section of campus has been a registered National Historic Landmark since 1966. Off-campus facilities include the Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, and Vanderbilt Health at One Hundred Oaks.

  • 330 acres
  • 252 buildings
  • Total: 19.2 million square feet
    • University: 6.9 million square feet, 36%
    • Medical: 10.2 million square feet, 53%
    • Real Estate: 2.1 million square feet, 11%
    • 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. The current Chancellor is Nicholas S. Zeppos

Officers of the Board

  • Mark F. Dalton, Chairman
  • Jackson W. Moore, Vice Chairman
  • Jon Winkelried, Vice Chairman
  • Edith C. Johnson, Secretary

General Officers

  • Nicholas S. Zeppos, Chancellor, Professor of Law
  • Audrey J. Anderson, Vice Chancellor, General Counsel and Secretary of the University
  • Jeffrey R. Balser, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
  • Beth A. Fortune, Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs
  • Anders W. Hall, Vice Chancellor for Investments, Chief Investment Officer
  • Eric Kopstain, Vice Chancellor for Administration
  • John M. Lutz, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology
  • Susie S. Stalcup, Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations
  • Brett C. Sweet, Vice Chancellor for Finance, Chief Financial Officer
  • Susan R. Wente, Provost, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
  • David Williams II, Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs, Athletics Director

Academic Deans

  • Jeffrey R. Balser, Dean of the School of Medicine
  • Mark D. Bandas, Associate Provost, Dean of Students
  • Camilla P. Benbow, Dean of Peabody College
  • Douglas L. Christiansen, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, Dean of Admissions
  • Joseph D. Combs, Interim Dean of Libraries
  • Philippe M. Fauchet, Dean of the School of Engineering
  • Chris P. Guthrie, Dean of the Law School
  • Dennis G. Hall, Vice Provost for Research, Dean of the Graduate School
  • M. Eric Johnson, Dean of the Owen Graduate School of Management
  • Linda D. Norman, Dean of the School of Nursing
  • John M. Sloop, Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Science
  • Emilie M. Townes, Dean of the Divinity School
  • Mark W. Wait, Dean of the Blair School of Music
  • Francis W. Wcislo, Dean of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons


Vanderbilt University’s Jean and Alexander Heard Library system is among the top research libraries in the nation, and one of the most important research libraries in the Southeast. Home to more than 8 million items, the library holds more than 4.4 million volumes, as well as locally created digital collections holding 1.4 million items, and provides access to more than 1.2 million electronic books and 94,450 e-journals and databases. The oldest manuscript in the collection dates from c. 1300, and new publications are being added every day. Among the library’s collection strengths are the W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies, a comprehensive collection of materials about Charles Baudelaire and French literature and culture; the Southern Literature and Culture Collection; Latin American Collections for Brazil, Colombia, the Andes, Mesoamerica and Argentina; the Television News Archive, the world’s most extensive and complete archive of television news covering 1968 to present; and the Global Music Archive, a multimedia reference archive and resource center for traditional and popular song, music and dance of Africa and the Americas.


Vanderbilt University Medical Center

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center includes:

  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • Vanderbilt University Hospital
  • Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
  • Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital
  • Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital
  • The Vanderbilt Clinic
  • Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks

VUMC programs unique to the region:

  • Only Level 1 (highest level) trauma center in Middle Tennessee
    • Only Level 4 (highest level) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, as well as a dedicated pediatric emergency department and pediatric trauma program
    • Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, the only National Cancer Institute- designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Tennessee that conducts research and cares for children and adults; also a member of the elite National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a group of the nation's top 21 clinical cancer institutes
    • Comprehensive regional adult and pediatric burn center
    • LifeFlight, an integrated air and ground emergency patient transport system
    • Tennessee Poison Control Center
    • Only comprehensive solid organ transplant program

Research Information (FY 2014)

Total research expenditures: $568.1 million Sponsored research and project awards: $656.7 million

  • Medical Center: $525.1 million
  • University: $131.6 million
  • NIH funding: $344.1 million

Hospitals and Clinics (FY 2014)

  • Licensed hospital beds: 1,025
  • Discharges: 59,112
  • Inpatient days: 310,119
  • Ambulatory visits: 1,834,856
  • Emergency visits: 118,590
  • Total cost of charity care, community benefits, and other unrecovered costs: $525.4 million

Centers and Institutes

Research, teaching and dialogue that bring together traditionally diverse disciplines prevail at Vanderbilt through 120 centers and institutes that include:

  • Vanderbilt Brain Institute The Vanderbilt Brain Institute is a transinstitutional entity that oversees and facilitates the extensive neuroscience-related endeavors carried out at Vanderbilt University. Its missions are to promote research, education and training in the brain-related disciplines at Vanderbilt, driven by 12 research themes that span the spectrum from molecules to mind, and encompassing laboratories that carry out basic, translational and clinical research.
  • National Center on School Choice Led by Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development, the National Center on School Choice conducts research across multiple disciplines and methodologies, providing national intellectual leadership in an effort to determine how school choice affects individuals, communities and school systems. Its research currently includes major experimental and quasi-experimental studies of charter and magnet schools, voucher programs, parent involvement and satisfaction, and what makes schools work, among other efforts.
  • Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering Focused on new science and technology based on nanoscale materials, VINSE is an interdisciplinary center, eliminating traditional disciplinary boundaries to enable innovative research by local and global teams of physicists, chemists, biologists and engineers. Nanoscience and nanotechnology are based on the ability to synthesize, organize, characterize and manipulate matter systemically at the nanoscale to create uniquely functional materials that can be inorganic, organic, biological, or a hybrid of these.
  • Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions A nonpartisan multidisciplinary research program, the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions is involved in a wide range of activities and research endeavors aimed at understanding the role of democratic institutions in contemporary society. The center’s goal is to offer programming and scholarly opportunities that are considered valuable to political science and enriching to the broader community.
  • Financial Markets Research Center The Financial Markets Research Center of Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management fosters scholarly research in financial markets, instruments and institutions. Through interaction among representatives of the financial community, researchers in financial markets and Vanderbilt faculty, the center identifies and determines the focus for critical research issues, maintains financial-markets databases, funds research by faculty members and doctoral students, and disseminates research findings about financial markets.
  • Osher Center for Integrative Medicine The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine works with health care teams of patients of Vanderbilt University Medical Center—particularly patients coping with chronic illness or pain—to create personalized plans for complete well-being by combining traditional medicine with complementary therapies that are proven, safe and effective. From group therapy, nutrition programs and specialized retreats to acupuncture, yoga and massage, each service is a step in a patient’s journey to healing.

Financial Information (FY 2014)

Total Net Assets: $5.8 billion


  • Market value: $4.0 billion
  • Endowment payout: 4.1%
  • Endowment per student: $317,179

Operating Budget FY2014: $3.9 billion

Operating Expenses by Function

  • Health care services: 63.6%
  • Instruction and other student services: 22.1%
  • Research: 11.6%
  • Institutional support: 1.6%
  • Public service and other: 1.1%

Operating Revenues by Source

  • Health care services: 68.0%
  • Government grants and contracts: 14.8%
  • Net tuition, fees, room and board: 6.9%
  • Gifts and endowment distributions: 5.2%
  • Investment income and other: 5.1%

The 2014 Financial Report is available here.


Contact Us:

Vanderbilt News & Communications (615) 322-2706 (615) 343-7708 fax news@vanderbilt.edu news.vanderbilt.edu

Medical Center News & Public Affairs (615) 322-4747 (615) 343-3890 fax www.mc.vanderbilt.edu

Athletics Media Relations
(615) 322-4727 (615) 322-4121 (615) 343-7064 fax www.vucommodores.com