Top-ranked in both academics and financial aid, Vanderbilt offers an immersive living–learning undergraduate experience, with programs in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, music, education and human development. The university also is home to nationally and internationally recognized graduate schools of law, education, business, medicine, nursing and divinity, and offers robust graduate-degree programs across a range of disciplines.
Vanderbilt is committed to inclusive excellence, drawing the world's brightest students, faculty and distinguished visitors from across all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. The university's prominent alumni base includes Nobel Prize winners, members of Congress, governors, ambassadors, judges, admirals, CEOs, university presidents, physicians and attorneys, as well as professional sports figures playing in the NFL, NBA, 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.
Graduate and professional:
TOTAL ENROLLMENT: 12,824
* These degrees are awarded through the Graduate School.
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, of which Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos serves as chair.
U.S. News & World Report (2019)
The Princeton Review (2019)
* 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 faculty: 1,816
Total Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty: 2,910
Faculty with terminal degrees: 96%
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.
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.
|NICHOLAS S. ZEPPOS, JD||Chancellor||615-322-1813|
|SUSAN R. WENTE, Ph.D.||Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs||615-322-4219|
|STEVE ERTEL||Vice Chancellor for Communications||615-343-1790|
|NATHAN GREEN||Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs|
|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|
|JOHN M. LUTZ||Vice Chancellor for Information Technology||615-875-8851|
|JAMES E. PAGE JR., M.B.A.||Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer|
|RUBY SHELLAWAY, JD||General Counsel||615-322-8965|
|SUSIE S. STALCUP, B.B.A., C.F.P.||Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations||615-322-6673|
|BRETT SWEET, M.B.A.||Vice Chancellor for Finance and Chief Financial Officer||615-343-6735|
|MALCOLM TURNER||Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletics Director||615-322-8333|
|JEFFREY R. BALSER, M.D.||Ph.D., Dean of the School of Medicine||615-322-5191|
|MARK D. BANDAS, Ph.D.||Associate Provost and Dean of Students||615-322-6400|
GREGORY MELCHOR-BARZ, Ph.D.
|Interim Dean of The Ingram Commons|
|VANESSA BEASLEY, Ph.D.||
Associate Provost and Dean of Residential Faculty
|CAMILLA PERSSON BENBOW, Ed.D.||Dean of Peabody College||615-322-8407|
|DOUGLAS L. CHRISTIANSEN, Ph.D.||Vice Provost for University Enrollment Affairs and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid||615-322-6702|
|PHILIPPE M. FAUCHET, Ph.D.||Dean of the School of Engineering||(615)343-3773|
|JOHN G. GEER, Ph.D.||Dean of the College of Arts and Science||615-322-2851|
|CHRIS GUTHRIE, J.D.||Dean of the Law School||615-322-9800|
|VALERIE HOTCHKISS, Ph.D.||University Librarian||615-322-4782|
|M. ERIC JOHNSON, Ph.D.||Dean of Owen Graduate School of Management||615-322-2316|
|LINDA D. NORMAN, D.S.N.||Dean of the School of Nursing||615-343-8876|
|EMILIE M. TOWNES, Ph.D.||Dean of the Divinity School||615-343-3960|
|MARK WAIT, D.M.A.||Dean of Blair School of Music||615-322-7660|
|MARK WALLACE, Ph.D.||Dean of the Graduate School||615-322-2809|
Vanderbilt University's Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries collect, manage and provide access to information. Comprised of nine libraries, 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 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, Annette and Irwin Eskind Family Biomedical Library, and Sarah Shannon Stevenson Science and Engineering Library were restored or updated in 2017–18. And the Alyne Queener Massey Law Library, Divinity Library, and Anne Potter Wilson Music Library serve their schools' students and the entire Vanderbilt community.
The 2018 Financial Report is available here.
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. VUMC also helps coordinate care through the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network of more than 6,100 clinicians, 13 health systems, and 110 urgent-care clinics throughout Tennessee and surrounding states, creating the largest health care network in the region.
Vanderbilt University Division of Communications
(615) 322-2706; (615) 343-7708 fax
Athletics Media Relations
(615) 322-4121; (615) 343-7064 fax