ReVU: Quick Facts About Vanderbilt
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, Tenn., 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 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.
- Full-time: 6,750
- Part-time: 85
- Total: 6,835
Graduate and professional:
- Full-time: 5,215
- Part-time: 745
- Total: 5,960
Total full-time students: 11,965
Total part-time students: 830
*Includes duplicate students enrolled in joint programs
Men: 6,001 (47%)
Women: 6,794 (53%)
Percentage of undergraduates who live on campus: 86%*
*In order to prepare for the next phase of College Halls, Vanderbilt’s integrated living-learning student community, the Kissam Quadrangle closed in fall 2012, temporarily reducing on-campus housing capacity by 8 percent.
Percentage of undergraduates receiving some sort of financial aid: 64.5%
Undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1
Undergraduate tuition: $41,928
New Freshmen (Fall 2013)
- Number of new freshmen: 1,613
- SAT I-verbal mid 50% range: 700 – 780
- SAT I-math mid 50% range: 710 – 790
- ACT mid 50% range: 32 – 34
- Number of applicants: 31,099
Degrees Conferred (2013)
- Baccalaureate: 1,675
- Master’s: 1,421
- Ph.D.: 286
- M.D.: 111
- Other doctoral: 265
- Total degrees conferred: 3,758
No honorary degrees are conferred
Enrollment by School
- College of Arts and Science: 4,197
- Blair School of Music: 193
- Divinity School: 241
- School of Engineering: 1,350
- Graduate School: 2,249
- Law School: 619
- School of Medicine: 665
- School of Nursing: 881
- Owen Graduate School of Management: 589
- Peabody College: 1,780
- Division of Unclassified Studies: 31
- Residence halls and apartments: 37
- Capacity: 5,448
- Fraternity and Sorority Houses: 26
In order to prepare for the next phase of College Halls, Vanderbilt’s integrated living-learning student community, the Kissam Quadrangle closed in Fall 2012, temporarily reducing our on-campus student housing capacity by 8 percent.
- New England 4.15%
- Midwest 15.38%
- South 42.87%
- Middle States 12.79%
- West 7.71%
- Southwest 7.05%
- U.S. Territories and Unspecified 0.58%
- International 9.46%
- More than 500 clubs and organizations
- Sororities: 16
- Fraternities: 19
- 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, Master of Engineering, Master of Science*, Doctor of Philosophy*
- Graduate School: Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Arts in Teaching, 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 in Speech-Language Pathology, 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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Stanley Cohen, Medical Center faculty member (1959-90), 1986 Prize in Medicine, for his discovery with a colleague of epidermal growth factor.
- 15th — Executive MBA
- 25th — Full-Time MBA
- 13th — Best Value in Private Colleges
- 25th — Best Full-Time MBA Program
U.S. News & World Report
- 17th — National Universities (undergraduate)
- 11th — Best Value (undergraduate)
- 12th — National Universities Favored by High School Counselors
- 1st — Graduate Schools of Education – Peabody College
- 1st — Audiology (Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences)
- 3rd — Midwifery (School fo Nursing
- 3rd — Speech-Language Pathology (Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences)
- 14th — Research-oriented Medical Schools
- 15th — Law Schools
- 15th — Graduate Schools of Nursing
- 30th — Graduate Business Schools
- 35th — Undergraduate Engineering Schools
- 36th — Graduate Engineering Schools
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Full-time faculty by school:
- College of Arts and Science: 573
- School of Engineering: 138
- Peabody College: 145
- Blair School of Music: 60
- Divinity School: 32
- Law School: 46
- Owen Graduate School of Management: 47
- School of Medicine: 2,380
- School of Nursing: 251
Total full-time faculty: 3,672
Part-time faculty: 430
Faculty with terminal degrees: 97%
Total Faculty and Staff: 25,026
- Conference membership:Southeastern Conference (Eastern Division); American Lacrosse Conference
- Men’s varsity teams: Football, basketball, baseball, tennis, golf, cross country
- Women’s varsity teams: Basketball, soccer, tennis, golf, cross country, track & field, lacrosse, bowling, swimming
- 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: 127,000
- 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. Buildings on the original campus date to its founding in 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
- 234 buildings
- Total: 18.2 million square feet
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.
Officers of the Board
- Mark F. Dalton, Chairman
- Jackson W. Moore, Vice Chairman
- Nancy Perot, Vice Chairman
- Joanne F. Hayes, Secretary
- Nicholas S. Zeppos, Chancellor of the University
- Audrey J. Anderson, Vice Chancellor, General Counsel and Secretary of the University
- Jeffrey R. Balser, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, Dean of the School of Medicine
- Jerry G. Fife, Vice Chancellor for Administration
- Beth A. Fortune, Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs
- Anders Hall, Vice Chancellor for Investments and CIO
- John M. Lutz, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology
- Richard C. McCarty, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
- Susie S. Stalcup, Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations
- Brett C. Sweet, Vice Chancellor for Finance, Chief Financial Officer
- David Williams II, Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs, Athletics Director
- 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
- Carolyn L. Dever, Dean of the College of Arts and Science
- Connie Vinita Dowell, Dean of Libraries
- Philippe M. Fauchet, Dean of the School of Engineering
- Christopher 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
- Emilie M. Townes, Dean of the Divinity School
- Mark W. Wait, Dean of the Blair School of Music
- Francis W. Wcislo, Dean of The 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. 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.
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:
- Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute- designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Tennessee that conducts research and cares for children and adults. It is also a member of the elite National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a group of the top 21 clinical cancer institutes in the country
- Only Level I trauma center in Middle Tennessee
- Comprehensive regional adult and pediatric burn center
- LifeFlight, an integrated air and ground emergency patient transport system
- The only Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the region as well as a dedicated pediatric emergency department and pediatric trauma program
- Tennessee Poison Control Center
- The region’s only comprehensive solid organ transplant program
Total research expenditures: $571.3 million
Sponsored research and project awards: $616.1 million
- Medical Center: $471.6 million
- University: $144.5 million
- NIH funding: $339.8 million
- Licensed hospital beds: 1,019
- Discharges: 57,768
- Inpatient days: 307,292
- Ambulatory visits: 1,833,337
- Emergency visits: 119,225
- Total cost of charity care, community benefits, and other unrecovered costs: $843.6 million
Research, teaching and dialogue that bring together traditionally diverse disciplines prevail at Vanderbilt through 120 centers and institutes that include:
Center for Medicine, Health and Society
The Center for Medicine, Health and Society is an innovative multidisciplinary center that studies the social and societal dimensions of health and illness. Established in 2003 and now involving nearly 400 undergraduate students, the center’s scholarship, teaching, and wide-ranging collaborative projects explore medicine and science in a wide array of cultural contexts, while at the same time fostering productive dialogue across disciplinary boundaries.
Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders
An institute of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, TRIAD is dedicated to improving assessment and treatment services for children with autism spectrum disorders and their families while advancing knowledge and training. Its programs address community needs for cutting-edge information, high-quality support, and innovative interventions for children.
Institute for Space and Defense Electronics
Housed within Vanderbilt School of Engineering, ISDE contributes to the design and analysis of radiation-hardened electronics, development of test methods and plans for assuring radiation hardness, and development of solutions to system-specific problems related to radiation effects. ISDE currently supports the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, NASA’s Goddard and Marshall space flight centers, Boeing/Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Naval Research Laboratory, and numerous other organizations.
Accelerated Academic Achievement Research Center
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Special Education Research, the Accelerated Academic Achievement Research Center seeks to develop new math and reading strategies aimed at improving student success. Led by researchers based at Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development, the center’s investigators study instructional programs targeting students with the most severe learning disabilities in grades 3 through 5.
Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer’s Center
The Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer’s Center seeks to advance the scientific community’s understanding of risk factors, early diagnostic markers, and prevention and treatment methods for memory loss and unhealthy cognitive aging, including mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.
Research Network on Law and Neuroscience
Supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Research Network on Law and Neuroscience addresses a focused set of closely related problems at the intersection of neuroscience and criminal justice: determining the law-relevant mental states of defendants and witnesses; assessing a defendant’s capacity for self-regulating his behavior; and assessing whether—and if so, how—neuroscientific evidence should be admitted and evaluated in individual cases.
Total Net Assets: $5.3 billion
Operating Budget FY2014: $4.0 billion
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The 2013 Financial Report is available here.
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