Founded by shipping and rail magnate “Commodore” Cornelius Vanderbilt in 1873 to help heal the wounds left by the civil war, Vanderbilt University is a highly ranked private research university in Nashville, Tennessee. The 330 acre campus is just 1.5 miles from downtown Nashville, yet is a designated national arboretum with over 300 species of trees and shrubs. Students can choose from four undergraduate schools and colleges and over 70 majors. Vanderbilt is also a very active research university that publishes multimedia reports of exciting projects on campus through Exploration, the school’s online research magazine. Some interesting research centers are dedicated to the study of coffee and to the study of the game of bridge. Students are active in public service, and Alternative Spring Break, a nationally recognized service program for college students started at Vanderbilt as well. Almost 100% of students return for sophomore year and Vanderbilt commits to meeting 100% of financial need for incoming students. A livable campus in the middle of a livable city with access to the great outdoors, Vanderbilt University gives students an enviable place to call home for four years as well as a highly-regarded academic pedigree.
|Admissions Phone||615 322-2561|
|Codes||SAT: 1871 ACT: 4036 FAFSA: 003535 CSS Profile: 1871|
|Location||Nashville, Tennessee; Major City, 130 miles North West of Chattanooga with lots of outdoor opportunities|
|College Type||Private (nonprofit)|
|College Newspaper||Inside Vandy|
|Enrollment||~7,000 undergraduate students|
|Popular Programs||Psychology, Engineering, Interdisciplinary Studies|
|Student Life||The Vanderbilt Sailing Club is the oldest of over 400 current student organizations. Most students live on campus for all four years. The residence system is in the midst of being restructured to emulate the comprehensive living and communities present at Harvard, Yale and Caltech among others. Vanderbilt Student Communications, Inc., (VSC) owns eight print publications, a broadcast radio station, and a closed-circuit television station, all this in spite of the fact that there is no organized journalism curriculum at the school. While student life centers around campus, students can take advantage of Nashville, consistently one of the most livable cities in the country. For a breath of fresh air, they can head to the Great Smoky Mountains and hike on the Appalachian Trail.|
|International||~5% of undergrads; TOEFL: Recommended; SAT or ACT: Required; Financial Aid Available|
|Transfer||Yes, Fall; Statement of good standing from prior institution(s)|
|Crossover||Northwestern, William & Mary, Yale, Washington University|
|Other||Very Selective (~20% admitted), Early Decision, Common Application|
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