Vanderbilt is located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, which is often referred to as “Music City” because of its rich musical history and countless live music venues.
The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt is a residential campus for all first-year students, fostering a common experience that encourages class unity and identity.
Vanderbilt Stadium, which seats 40,500, is not only home to Commodore football games, but has hosted concerts by Luke Bryan, U2 and the Rolling Stones.
Now its administration building, Kirkland Hall was Vanderbilt’s first building, serving in the late 1800s as an astronomical observatory and faculty housing.
Vanderbilt University, ranked No. 15 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in 2017, is a Tier 1 research university with an academic medical center offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.
Points of Pride
Vanderbilt ranks 15th among national universities by the U.S. News & World Report. Programs ranked No. 1 nationally include nurse midwifery, audiology, education administration and supervision, and speech–language pathology.
Vanderbilt’s sponsored research funding totaled $682 million for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
Vanderbilt meets 100 percent of demonstrated need for all admitted students, and financial aid packages do not include loans. Since this initiative launched, need-based undergraduate student-loan debt has decreased 83 percent.
Vanderbilt enjoys an average freshman retention rate of 97 percent and a five-year graduation rate of 92 percent.
Nearly 50 percent of undergraduates participate in research across academic disciplines. About 40 percent of students study abroad in one of 120 programs in 36 countries.