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Vanderbilt University Admissions By the Numbers
Vanderbilt is ranked 14th in the most recent US News and World Report’s list of National Universities. Founded in 1843, Vanderbilt now enrolls about 6,800 undergraduates across four grades. In the fall of 2018, about 1,600 freshmen joined Vanderbilt’s community, which is situated a mile outside of Nashville, Tennessee on 334 acres.
At Vanderbilt, first-year students reside in the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons until they apply to one of three residential colleges (E. Bronson Ingram, Moore, or Warren) or one of three “Living Learning Communities,” which house students by academic affiliation, sophomore year. Regardless of the residential option students choose, all Vanderbilt students are encouraged to live on campus, and few rising seniors apply for off-campus housing. Varsity athletes at Vanderbilt compete in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) across 7 women’s teams and 6 men’s teams, but the Commodores also play in the NCAA Division I. In addition, the women’s bowling team competes in the Southland Bowling League, and the women’s lacrosse team competes in the American Athletic Conference. Vanderbilt also offers five different intramural sports, which are open to graduate students, faculty, staff, and members of Greek life. There are 23 officially-recognized Greek organizations on campus (15 sororities and 17 fraternities), as well as more than 500 clubs. Students on campus can meet a diverse set of peers—the incoming class in the fall of 2018 consisted of 40 percent white, 15 percent Asian/Pacific Islander, 12 percent black, 12 percent international, 10 percent Hispanic, and .3 percent American Indian students. Together, students can explore Nashville’s art and music scenes, or attend campus events like the Pan-Hellenic Step Show and the Rites of Spring music festival.
There are 67 majors offered at Vanderbilt across 4 different schools, including the School of Engineering, the Peabody College of Education and Human Development, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Blair School of Music. Students can choose to double or triple major, but there are also 57 minor degrees offered. In addition, Vanderbilt offers 21 interdisciplinary programs, and students can continue their studies during Vanderbilt’s Maymester and summer sessions. Students at Vanderbilt may also petition for the 4+1 program to receive a Master’s degree in one extra year (this option is currently available across 11 departments) or choose to apply for the joint five-year BA/MBA program with the Owen Graduate School of Management. Students interested in pre-med, pre-law, or pre-business can take advantage of Vanderbilt’s pre-professional advising program. On campus, students enjoy a 7:1 student-to-faculty ratio, and 95% of classes have fewer than 50 students.
Applying to Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt has three rounds of admissions: Early Decision I, Early Decision II, and Regular. Applications for Early Decision I are due November 1st, and applications for Early Decision II and Regular are due on January 1st. Early Decision rounds are binding, meaning all additional applications to either Early Action schools or Regular schools must be withdrawn if a student is admitted to Vanderbilt. Students applying to Vanderbilt should know SAT tests are super-scored but ACT tests are not. Applicants can also take advantage of Vanderbilt’s alumni interviews by signing up for one after applying.
Vanderbilt’s Class of 2023 had an admit rate of 6.3 percent in the Regular round, and the Class of 2022 had an admit rate of 9.6 percent across all three rounds, indicating that the odds of admission is higher in the Early Decision rounds. Students admitted in the Regular round to the Class of 2023 had a middle 50% SAT Reading and Writing score between 730 and 780 and a Math score between 770 and 800. The middle 50% ACT scores were between 33 and 36.
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