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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 education, nationally recognized schools of law, business, medicine, nursing and divinity, and one of the nation's top-ranked graduate schools of education creates an invigorating atmosphere where students tailor their education to meet their goals and researchers collaborate to address the complex questions affecting our health, culture and society.

Vanderbilt provides a gateway to greatness, drawing the brightest students from across the nation and around the world. Vanderbilt alumni can be found in Congress, on the judicial bench, in the pulpit, leading corporations, conducting innovative medical research, serving in their communities, and playing in the NFL, major league baseball, the PGA and LPGA.

Vanderbilt, an independent, privately supported university, and the separate, nonprofit Vanderbilt University Medical Center share a respected name and enjoy close collaboration through education and research. Together, the number of people employed by these two organizations exceeds that of the largest private employer in the Middle Tennessee region.


Students (2017–2018)



  • Full-time: 6,805
  • Part-time: 80
  • Total: 6,885

Graduate and professional:

  • Full-time: 4,977
  • Part-time: 730
  • Total: 5,707
  • Total full-time students: 11,782
  • Total part-time students: 810


  • Men: 5,700 (45%)
  • Women: 6,892 (55%)
  • Percentage of undergraduates who live on campus: 90%
  • Percentage of undergraduates receiving some sort of financial aid: 66%
  • Undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio: 7:1

Undergraduate tuition: $46,500

First-Year Students (Fall 2017)

  • Number of first-year students: 1,607
  • Men: 47% of the class
  • Women: 53% of the class
  • ACT mid 50% range: 32 – 35
  • Number of applicants: 31,462

Race and Ethnicity, First-Year Students (Fall 2017)

  • White: 41.9%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander: 15.3%
  • Black: 12.4%
  • Hispanic: 10.8%
  • International: 8.2%
  • Two or more races: 5.8%
  • Race unknown: 4.9%
  • American Indian: 0.6%

Degrees Conferred (Spring 2017)

  • Baccalaureate: 1,716
  • Master’s: 1,487
  • Ph.D.: 315
  • M.D.: 98
  • Other doctoral: 270
  • Total degrees conferred: 3,886   (no honorary degrees are conferred)

Enrollment by School

  • Blair School of Music: 210
  • College of Arts and Science: 4,038
  • Divinity School: 184
  • Graduate School: 2,096
  • Law School: 618
  • Owen Graduate School of Management: 562
  • Peabody College: 1,898
  • School of Engineering: 1,489
  • School of Medicine: 605
  • School of Nursing: 875
  • Division of Unclassified Studies: 17

Student Housing

  • Residence halls and apartments: 38
  • Capacity: 5,901
  • Fraternity and sorority houses: 24
  • Percentage of undergraduates who live on campus (2017–18): 90%

Regional Breakdown (all students)

  • New England: 4.50%
  • Midwest: 16.13%
  • South: 37.63%
  • Middle States: 13.52%
  • West: 9.89%
  • Southwest: 6.85%
  • U.S. Territories and Unspecified: 0.72%
  • International: 10.75%

Extracurricular activities


Schools and Degrees

  • College of Arts and Science: Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts*, Master of Science*, Master of Fine Arts*, Doctor of Philosophy*
  • Blair School of Music: Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Musical Arts
  • 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 Science in Medical Physics, Master of Laboratory Investigation, Master of Education of the Deaf, Master of Science (Applied Clinical Informatics, Speech-Language Pathology), Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Clinical Investigation, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy*, Doctor of Audiology, Doctor of Medical Physics
  • School of Nursing: Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Philosophy*, 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, Master of Marketing, Doctor of Philosophy*
  • Peabody College of education and human development: Bachelor of Science, Master of Education, Master of Public Policy, Master of Science*, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Philosophy*

* These degrees are awarded through the Graduate School.


Accreditation, Honors and Rankings

Vanderbilt University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, or call (404) 679-4500 with questions about the accreditation of Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt is a member of the Association of American Universities.

Nobel Laureates

  • Al Gore Jr., former U.S. vice president;  attended Graduate School 1973; attended Law School 1977: awarded 2007 Peace Prize for efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change and to lay foundations to counteract such change
  • Muhammad Yunus, Ph.D. 1971: awarded 2006 Peace Prize for establishing the Grameen Bank and pioneering the practice of providing microloans to the impoverished
  • Stanley CohenVanderbilt biochemistry professor  (1959–90): awarded 1986 Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery with a colleague of epidermal growth factor
  • Stanford Moore, B.A. 1935: awarded 1972 Prize in Chemistry for fundamental contributions to the understanding of enzyme chemistry
  • Earl Sutherland Jr., Vanderbilt physiology professor  (1963–73): awarded 1971 Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the metabolic regulating compound cyclic AMP
  • Max Delbruck,Vanderbilt physics professor (1940–47): awarded 1969 Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discoveries concerning the replication mechanism and the genetic structure of viruses


U.S. News & World Report (2018)

  • 14th — National Universities
  • 14th — Best Undergraduate Teaching
  • 12th — Best Value Schools
  • 15th — Universities Favored by High School Counselors
  • 7th — Graduate Schools of Education (Peabody College)
  • 10th — Medical Schools: Internal Medicine
  • 11th — Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • 14th — Medical Schools: Research
  • 15th — Nursing Schools: Master's
  • 17th — Law Schools
  • 25th— Graduate Business Schools (Owen Graduate School of Management)
  • 34th — Undergraduate Engineering Schools
  • 36th — Graduate Engineering Schools
  • 67th — Best Global Universities (of 1,250 worldwide)

Reuters (2017)

  • 10th — World's 100 Most Innovative Universities

Kiplinger (2017)

  • 4th — Best Value Among Private U.S. Universities
  • 6th — Best Value Among All U.S. Colleges

The Princeton Review (2018)

  • 1st — Happiest Students
  • 2nd — Best Quality of Life, Great Financial Aid
  • 5th — Best-Run Colleges, Most Beautiful Campus
  • 6th — College City Gets High Marks



Employment (FY 2018) *

* In April 2016, Vanderbilt University Medical Center became an independent, financially distinct nonprofit organization. Employment figures shown here represent only faculty and staff of Vanderbilt University, plus Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty appointed by the university.


Total Vanderbilt University Staff: 4,446

  • Full time: 3,961
  • Part time: 485

Total Vanderbilt University Faculty: 4,716

  • Full time: 4,261
  • Part time: 455



Total Vanderbilt University faculty: 1,770


  • Full-time faculty: 2,830
  • Part-time faculty: 116

Total Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty: 2,946


Faculty with terminal degrees: 96%

Total Employment, Vanderbilt University: 9,162




  • Conference memberships: Southeastern Conference (Eastern Division); Southland Bowling League; 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
  • National championships:
    • Women's tennis (2015)
    • Baseball (2014)
    • Bowling (2007)
  • Seating Capacity:
    • Memorial Gymnasium (basketball): 14,316
    • Vanderbilt Stadium (football): 40,350
    • Charles Hawkins Field (baseball): 3,626
  • School colors: black and gold
  • Mascot: Commodore, Mr. C



  • Number of living alumni: 139,000
  • Number of alumni residing in Nashville area: 22,000
  • Alumni Association founded: 1879
  • Number of alumni chapters 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 an arboretum in 1988. The oldest building on the original campus was constructed around 1859. The Peabody College section of campus has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark since 1966. Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory, located about nine miles from campus, also is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • 333 acres
  • 177 buildings
  • Total physical plant: 9.0 million square feet
  • Real estate (54 buildings): 2.7 million square feet
  • Campus map | Vicinity map



The university is governed by a Board of Trust which includes 24 Trustees,each of whom can serve two five-year terms.The chancellor, who is chosen by the Board of Trust, is the chief executive officer of the university.

Officers of the Board

Complete list of members.

General Officers

(View organizational chart)

NICHOLAS S. ZEPPOS, JD Chancellor 615-322-1813 Email
SUSAN R. WENTE, Ph.D. Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs 615-322-4219 Email
STEVE ERTEL Vice Chancellor for Communications 615-343-1790 Email
NATHAN GREEN Interim Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs   Email
ANDERS W. HALL, M.B.A. Vice Chancellor for Investments and Chief Investment Officer    
ERIC C. KOPSTAIN, M.B.A. Vice Chancellor for Administration 615-875-8617 Email
JOHN M. LUTZ Vice Chancellor for Information Technology 615-875-8851 Email
JAMES E. PAGE JR., M.B.A. Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer    
RUBY SHELLAWAY, JD Interim General Counsel 615-322-8965 Email
SUSIE S. STALCUP, B.B.A., C.F.P. Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations 615-322-6673 Email
BRETT SWEET, M.B.A. Vice Chancellor for Finance and Chief Financial Officer 615-343-6735 Email
DAVID WILLIAMS II, J.D., LL.M., M.B.A. Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletics Director 615-322-8333 Email


JEFFREY R. BALSER, M.D. Ph.D., Dean of the School of Medicine 615-322-5191 Email
MARK D. BANDAS, Ph.D. Associate Provost and Dean of Students 615-322-6400 Email


Interim Dean of The Ingram Commons   Email

Associate Provost and Dean of Residential Faculty

615-322-4948 Email
CAMILLA PERSSON BENBOW, Ed.D. Dean of Peabody College 615-322-8407 Email
DOUGLAS L. CHRISTIANSEN, Ph.D. Vice Provost for University Enrollment Affairs and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid 615-322-6702 Email
PHILIPPE M. FAUCHET, Ph.D. Dean of the School of Engineering (615)343-3773 Email
JOHN G. GEER, Ph.D. Dean of the College of Arts and Science 615-322-2851 Email
CHRIS GUTHRIE, J.D. Dean of the Law School 615-322-9800 Email
VALERIE HOTCHKISS, Ph.D. University Librarian 615-322-4782 Email
M. ERIC JOHNSON, Ph.D. Dean of Owen Graduate School of Management 615-322-2316 Email
LINDA D. NORMAN, D.S.N. Dean of the School of Nursing 615-343-8876 Email
EMILIE M. TOWNES, Ph.D. Dean of the Divinity School 615-343-3960 Email
MARK WAIT, D.M.A. Dean of Blair School of Music 615-322-7660 Email
MARK WALLACE, Ph.D. Dean of the Graduate School 615-322-2809 Email


Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries

Vanderbilt University’s Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries collect, manage and provide access to information. Partnering with the university in research, our librarians help shape informed scholars and engaged citizens. The Heard Libraries rank among the top 50 research libraries in the nation and are home to extensive physical collections, databases, e-books, journals and archival materials. The oldest item in the Special Collections Library dates to 2500 B.C.E., and new publications are added daily. Librarians teach classes and engage in one-on-one consultations to teach everything from tools for digital scholarship to bibliographic research to information literacy. In addition to materials in support of Vanderbilt's research and curriculum, special collections strengths include the W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies; the Emmy Award-winning Television News Archive, the world's most extensive and complete archive of its kind; the Southern Literature and Culture Collection; Latin American collections for Brazil, Colombia, the Andes, Mesoamerica and Argentina; the U.S. Playing Card Company Game Collection; and the Global Music Archive. The libraries provide opportunities for discovery through their extensive collections, programs, exhibitions, lectures and workshops. The flagship Central Library was built in 1941, enlarged in 1969 and renovated in 2010. It is a LEED gold-certified, 21st-century center for intellectual and community activity, including gathering spaces, cafe, and exhibitions open to Vanderbilt and the wider public. The Peabody Education Library, which opened in 1919, is housed in a historic Carnegie library building. The Walker Management Library, Eskind Biomedical Library, and Stevenson Science and Engineering Library were restored or updated in 2017–18. And the Massey Law Library, Divinity Library, and Anne Potter Wilson Music Library serve their schools' students and the entire Vanderbilt community.


Vanderbilt University
Financial Information (FY 2017)

Total Net Assets: $5.8 billion



  • Market value: $4.1 billion
  • Endowment payout: 5.1%
  • Endowment per student: $328,630


Unrestricted Operating Activity (FY 2017):

Operating Expenses by Function

  • Instruction and other student services: 65.8%
  • Institutional support: 16.7%
  • Research: 14.8%
  • Public service: 2.7%

Operating Revenues by Source

  • Net tuition, fees, room, board, other auxiliary: 34.9%
  • Affiliated entity revenue: 13.6%
  • Grants and contracts: 18.6%
  • Gifts and endowment distributions: 18.7%
  • Investment income and other: 14.2%


The 2017 Financial Report is available here .


Vanderbilt University Research (FY 2017)

  • Total research expenditures funding: $237.3 million
  • Sponsored research and project awards: $230.0 million


Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is an independent, nonprofit corporation that shares Vanderbilt University’s respected name and collaborates closely with the university through education and research. With the only Level 1 (highest level) trauma center in Middle Tennessee and the region’s only Level 4 (highest level) neonatal intensive care unit, Vanderbilt University Medical Center includes Vanderbilt University Hospital, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital, Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital, The Vanderbilt Clinic, and Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks.

Contact Us:

Vanderbilt University Division of Communications

(615) 322-2706; (615) 343-7708 fax

news@vanderbilt.edu • news.vanderbilt.edu


Athletics Media Relations

(615) 322-4121; (615) 343-7064 fax