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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 (2016–2017)



  • Full-time: 6,817
  • Part-time: 54
  • Total: 6,871

Graduate and professional:

  • Full-time: 5,017
  • Part-time: 699
  • Total: 5,716
  • Total full-time students: 11,834
  • Total part-time students: 753


  • Men: 5,735 (46%)
  • Women: 6,852 (54%)
  • Percentage of undergraduates who live on campus: 90%
  • Percentage of undergraduates receiving some sort of financial aid: 66%
  • Undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1

Undergraduate tuition: $44,496

First-Year Students (Fall 2016)

  • Number of first-year students: 1,601
  • Men: 47% of the class
  • Women: 53% of the class
  • SAT I-verbal mid 50% range: 700 – 790
  • SAT I-math mid 50% range: 720 – 800
  • ACT mid 50% range: 32 – 35
  • Number of applicants: 32,442

Race and Ethnicity, First-Year Students (Fall 2016)

  • White: 47.4%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander: 14.1%
  • Black: 10.7%
  • Hispanic: 10.4%
  • International: 7.6%
  • Two or more races: 5.3%
  • Race unknown: 3.9%
  • American Indian: 0.6%

Degrees Conferred (Spring 2016)

  • Baccalaureate: 1,723
  • Master’s: 1,421
  • Ph.D.: 300
  • M.D.: 104
  • Other doctoral: 264
  • Total degrees conferred: 3,812   (no honorary degrees are conferred)

Enrollment by School

  • Blair School of Music: 211
  • College of Arts and Science: 4,045
  • Divinity School: 208
  • Graduate School: 2,118
  • Law School: 630
  • Owen Graduate School of Management: 577
  • Peabody College: 1,862
  • School of Engineering: 1,486
  • School of Medicine: 586
  • School of Nursing: 846
  • Division of Unclassified Studies: 18

Student Housing

  • Residence halls and apartments: 38
  • Capacity: 5,901
  • Fraternity and sorority houses: 23
  • Percentage of undergraduates who live on campus (2016–17): 90%

Regional Breakdown (all students)

  • New England: 4.44%
  • Midwest: 16.50%
  • South: 38.09%
  • Middle States: 13.36%
  • West: 9.76%
  • Southwest: 6.69%
  • U.S. Territories and Unspecified: 0.66%
  • International: 10.52%

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
  • 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 Health Professions Education, 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

The 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 (2017)

  • 15th — National Universities
  • 6th — Best Colleges for Veterans
  • 10th — Best Undergraduate Teaching
  • 15th — Economic Diversity Among Top 25 National Universities
  • 15th — Universities Favored by High School Counselors
  • 23rd — Most Innovative Schools
  • 5th — Graduate Schools of Education (Peabody College)
  • 10th — Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • 13th — Nursing Schools: Master's
  • 15th — Medical Schools: Research
  • 16th — Law Schools
  • 22nd — Graduate Business Schools (Owen Graduate School of Management)
  • 36th — Graduate Engineering Schools
  • 37th — Undergraduate Engineering Schools

Kiplinger (2016)

  • 3rd — Best Values Among Private Universities
  • 6th — Overall Best College Value

The Economist (2016)

  • 17th — Full-Time MBA Programs, U.S. (Owen School)
  • 26th — Full-Time MBA Programs, Global (Owen School)

Princeton Review (2017)

  • 1st — College City Students Love
  • 2nd — Happiest Students
  • 7th — Best Financial Aid, Best Quality of Life



Employment (FY 2016) *

* 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 Staff: 4,195

  • Full time: 3,710
  • Part time: 485

Total Faculty: 4,315

  • Full time: 3,867
  • Part time: 448



Total Vanderbilt University faculty: 3,740


  • Full-time faculty: 2,463
  • Part-time faculty: 125

Total Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty: 2,588


Faculty with terminal degrees: 96%

Total Employment, Vanderbilt University: 8,510




  • 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 (2009)
  • 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: 139,000
  • Number of alumni residing in Nashville area: 22,000
  • Alumni Association founded: 1879
  • Number of alumni chapters worldwide: 38

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.

  • 330 acres
  • 179 buildings
  • Total physical plant: 9.0 million square feet
  • Real estate (49 buildings): 2.7 million square feet
  • 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
  • Shirley M. Collado, secretary

General Officers

  • Nicholas S. Zeppos, chancellor, professor of law
  • Audrey J. Anderson, vice chancellor, general counsel and secretary of the university
  • Steve Ertel, vice chancellor for communications
  • J. Nathan Green, interim vice chancellor for public affairs
  • Anders W. Hall, vice chancellor for investments; chief investment officer
  • Tina L. Smith, interim vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion; interim chief diversity 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 Leadership

  • Jeffrey R. Balser, dean of the School of Medicine
  • Mark D. Bandas, dean of students; associate provost
  • Vanessa B. Beasley, dean of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons
  • Camilla P. Benbow, dean of Peabody College
  • Lauren A. Benton, dean of the College of Arts and Science
  • Douglas L. Christiansen, vice provost for enrollment affairs; dean of admissions
  • Cynthia Cyrus, vice provost for learning and residential affairs
  • Philippe M. Fauchet, dean of the School of Engineering
  • John Geer, vice provost for academic and strategic affairs
  • Chris P. Guthrie, dean of the Law School
  • Valerie Hotchkiss, university librarian
  • M. Eric Johnson, dean of the Owen Graduate School of Management
  • Lawrence J. Marnett, dean of basic sciences, School of Medicine
  • Linda D. Norman, dean of the School of Nursing
  • Padma Raghavan, vice provost for research
  • Emilie M. Townes, dean of the Divinity School
  • Mark W. Wait, dean of the Blair School of Music
  • Mark T. Wallace, dean of the Graduate School



Vanderbilt University’s Jean and Alexander Heard Library system stands at the crossroads of intellectual discovery and scholarship on campus. Through scholarly resources, expert services and inspirational spaces spread across nine campus libraries, it plays a central role in the educational mission of the university. The libraries are among the top research libraries in the nation and home to more than 6.2 million items, including databases, e-books, journals and individual volumes. The oldest manuscript in the collection dates from c. 1300, and new publications are added daily. In addition to materials in support of Vanderbilt's research and curriculum, special collection 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; and the Global Music Archive. The flagship Central Library, built in 1941 and renovated in 2010, is a LEED gold-certified, 21st-century center for intellectual and community activity, including gathering spaces, gallery and exhibitions for Vanderbilt and the wider community.


Vanderbilt University
Financial Information (FY 2016)

Total Net Assets: $5.4 billion



  • Market value: $3.8 billion
  • Endowment payout: 4.7%
  • Endowment per student: $302,028


Unrestricted Operating Activity (FY 2016):

Operating Expenses by Function

  • Instruction and other student services: 64.8%
  • Institutional support: 16.7%
  • Research: 15.5%
  • Public service: 3.0%

Operating Revenues by Source

  • Net tuition, fees, room, board, other auxiliary: 34.5%
  • Affiliated entity revenue: 21.9%
  • Grants and contracts: 19.6%
  • Gifts and endowment distributions: 17.5%
  • Investment income and other: 6.5%


The 2016 Financial Report is available here .


Vanderbilt University Research (FY 2016)

  • Total research expenditures funding: $234.5 million
  • Sponsored research and project awards: $214.0 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 News & Communications

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

news@vanderbilt.edu • news.vanderbilt.edu


Athletics Media Relations

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