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: 6,727
- Part-time: 69
- Total: 6,796
Graduate and professional:
- Full-time: 5,169
- Part-time: 780
- Total: 5,949
Total full-time students: 11,896
Total part-time students: 849
*Includes duplicate students enrolled in joint programs
Men: 5,981 (47%)
Women: 6,764 (53%)
Percentage of undergraduates who live on campus: 89%*
*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: 62%
Undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1
Undergraduate tuition: $41,088
New Freshmen (Fall 2012)
- Number of new freshmen: 1,608
- SAT I-verbal mid 50% range: 690 – 770
- SAT I-math mid 50% range: 710 – 790
- ACT mid 50% range: 32 – 34
- Number of applicants: 28,348
Degrees Conferred (2012)
- Baccalaureate: 1,673
- Master’s: 1,432
- Ph.D.: 257
- M.D.: 99
- Other doctoral: 259
- Total degrees conferred: 3,720
No honorary degrees are conferred
Enrollment by School
- College of Arts and Science: 4,225
- Blair School of Music: 190
- Divinity School: 232
- School of Engineering: 1,301
- Graduate School: 2,306
- Law School: 636
- School of Medicine: 663
- School of Nursing: 896
- Owen Graduate School of Management: 577
- Peabody College: 1,697
- Division of Unclassified Studies: 22
- 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 4.35%
- Midwest 15.82%
- South 39.39%
- Middle States 13.59%
- West 7.86%
- Southwest 7.30%
- U.S. Territories and Unspecified 2.23%
- International 9.46%
- More than 300 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
- 13th — Best Value in Private Colleges
- 25th — Best U.S. Business Schools
U.S. News & World Report
- 17th — National Universities (undergraduate)
- 16th — Best Value (undergraduate)
- 1st — Graduate Schools of Education – Peabody College
- 14th — Research-oriented Medical Schools
- 16th — Law Schools
- 15th — Graduate Schools of Nursing
- 34th — Undergraduate Engineering Schools
- 25th — Graduate Business Schools
- 35th — Graduate Engineering Schools
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Total Employment: 24,877
Full-time faculty by school:
- College of Arts and Science: 563
- School of Engineering: 128
- Peabody College: 144
- Blair School of Music: 58
- Divinity School: 32
- Law School: 45
- Owen Graduate School of Management: 49
- School of Medicine: 2,264
- School of Nursing: 268
Total full-time faculty: 3,551
Part-time faculty: 439
Faculty with terminal degrees: 95%
- 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): 14,316
- Vanderbilt Stadium (football): 39,773
- Charles Hawkins Field (baseball): 3,700
- School Colors: Black and gold
- Mascot: Commodore
- Number of living alumni: 124,792
- Number of alumni residing in Nashville: 20,835
- Alumni Association founded: 1879
- Number of alumni clubs worldwide: 39
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, Professor of Law
- 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
- 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
- Matthew W. Wright, Vice Chancellor for Investments
- Jeffrey R. Balser, Dean of the School of Medicine
- Mark D. Bandas, Associate Provost, Dean of Students
- Camilla P. Benbow, Dean of Peabody College
- James W. Bradford, Dean of the Owen Graduate School of Management
- Douglas L. Christiansen, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, Dean of Admissions
- Colleen Conway-Welch, Dean of the School of Nursing
- Carolyn L. Dever, Dean of the College of Arts and Science
- Connie Vinita Dowell, Dean of Libraries
- Philippe 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
- James Hudnut-Beumler, 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 over 8 million items, the Library holds more than 3.7 million volumes, 3.1 million microform items, and locally created digital collections holding 1.4 million items. Our 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 on 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-Ingram Cancer Center
- Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute
- Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Institute
- Vanderbilt Clinical Neurosciences Institute
- The Vanderbilt Clinic
- Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital
- Vanderbilt Dayani Center for Health and Wellness
- Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center for Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences
- Vanderbilt Digestive Disease Center
- Vanderbilt Skull Base Center
- Vanderbilt Center for Integrative Health
- Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital
- Vanderbilt Transplant Center
- The Vanderbilt Medical Group
- Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
- Vanderbilt Eye Institute
- Vanderbilt Center for Women’s Health
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: $559.1 million
Sponsored research and project awards: $572.0 million
- Medical Center: $444.3 million
- University: $127.7 million
- NIH funding: $303.0 million
Ranked 21st in federal research and development funding obligations among U.S. colleges and universities based on the most recent available reports.
- Licensed hospital beds: 985
- Discharges: 53,818
- Inpatient days: 285,70
- Ambulatory visits: 1,725,901
- Emergency visits: 114,051
- Total cost of charity care, community benefits, and other unrecovered costs: $851.9 million
Research, teaching and dialogue that bring together traditionally diverse disciplines prevail at Vanderbilt through 120 centers and institutes that include:
National Center on School Choice The National Center on School Choice conducts scientific, comprehensive and timely studies on school choice to inform policy and practice. The center is partly funded by a major grant from the Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. Vanderbilt is the lead institution in a cooperative agreement with national doctoral universities and research organizations.
Vanderbilt Initiative in Surgery and Engineering An interdisciplinary, transitional center, VISE’s mission is to create, develop, implement and evaluate solutions to complex interventional problems. Physicians, engineers and computer scientists work together to improve patient care.
Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and the Environment Five Vanderbilt schools have joined together to address energy and environmental problems while educating tomorrow’s leaders. VIEE participants are Peabody College, Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt Law School, School of Engineering and the College of Arts and Science, studying the relationships and impacts among individual, institutional and societal choices for energy and production and use.
Owen Entrepreneurship Center The Owen Entrepreneurship Center brings together investors, entrepreneurs and Vanderbilt business students to share innovative ideas. Directed by Germaine Boer, the OEC has spawned an active angel investor network that allows Owen students to have easy access to a ready-made network of successful entrepreneurs.
Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health Committed to advancing health and development in resource-limited regions, VIGH has projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Vanderbilt faculty and staff provide leadership and expertise in establishing sustainable, scalable health development programs.
Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society The center provides leadership in education, research and clinical service at Vanderbilt University Medical Center concerning the ethical, legal, and social dimensions of medicine, health care and health policy.
Total Net Assets: $5.0 billion
Operating Budget FY2013: $3.7 billion
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Operating Revenues by Source
The 2012 Financial Report is available here.
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