Vanderbilt first opened its doors to students in 1875
Kirkland Hall is home to several Vanderbilt administrators, including the Office of the Chancellor
Arial view of Vanderbilt University campus highlights Kirkland Hall
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.