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Vanderbilt University-- #15 (tied) National University (US News & World Report)

Vanderbilt University is a private institution that was founded in 1873.  It was named in honor of New York shipping and rail magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt, who provided the school its initial $1-million endowment despite having never been to the South.

The academic environment is intense and fosters self discovery, in a collaborative and supportive environment. Vanderbilt reflects its belief that a world-renowned education should be accessible to all qualified students regardless of their economic circumstances. Our resolve to make a Vanderbilt education affordable to all admitted students is stronger than ever.

Vanderbilt continues to introduce exciting academic initiatives. Immersion Vanderbilt, the newest addition, calls for each undergraduate to undertake an intensive learning experience in and beyond the classroom with choices in four pathways: civic and professional, creative expression, international, and research. Recent additions include an undergraduate business minor, developed in collaboration with Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management; a 230,000 square-foot Science and Engineering Building; and the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s epicenter for entrepreneurship and innovation. Vanderbilt students maintain a healthy balance while pursuing challenging academics, engaging in an active social life, and participating in a myriad of extracurricular activities.

Admissions Requirements

Application Fee$50
Online PortalMyAppVU
Standardized TestsSAT or ACT
SAT Subject TestsSAT Subject Tests are optional
AP and IB examsYou may self-report
Supplement Questions/Essays (found in the Writing Supplement section in My Colleges tab on the Common Application- Questions are updated August of every year.)Requires one personal essay and one short answer.
RecommendationsCounselor and Two Academic Teachers
From Your High SchoolOfficial High School Transcript
International StudentsTOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic (if applicable)
Early Decision IEarly Decision I
October 6— Preferred last day to take the SAT Reasoning Test
October 27— Preferred last day to take the ACT
November 1— Blair Acceptd application/pre-screening video submission deadline
November 1— Deadline for completed application
December 1— Blair School of Music auditions
Mid-December— Admission decisions available
December 31— Deadline for matriculation deposit
Early Decision IIDecember 1— Preferred last day to take the SAT Reasoning Test
December 8 — Preferred last day to take the ACT
January 1 — Blair Acceptd application/pre-screening video submission deadline
January 1 — Deadline for completed application
January 25 - 26— Blair School of Music auditions
Mid-February— Admission decisions available
March 1— Deadline for matriculation deposit
Regular DecisionDecember 1— Preferred last day to take the SAT Reasoning Test
December 8— Preferred last day to take the ACT
January 1 — Blair Acceptd application/pre-screening video submission deadline
January 1 — Deadline for completed application
January 25 - 26 — Blair School of Music auditions
February 8 - 9 — Blair School of Music auditions
February 22 - 23 — Blair School of Music auditions
Late March— Admission decisions available
May 1, 2019 — Deadline for matriculation deposit

Academic Parameters

When applying to an institution, it is important to look at the academic information of previous applicants. This includes the SAT/ACT test scores, SAT Subject test scores (if available), GPA ranges, or class ranking. By looking at these data points, you may assess where you fall and how likely is your admission into this college. Please note, there are students who do fall below the middle range and are still admitted, but then their application has one or more factors that boosts their application, such as a special talent, a recruitable athlete, legacy, racial or socioeconomic minority. Use the chart below to see where you fall and if you may raise your test scores and grades to keep your application in the running.

Testing/GPA Guidelines

Middle 50 SAT(means the 50% of incoming students scored at or higher)Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 700 to 760
Math: 750 to 800
Middle 50 ACTACT: 33 to 35
SAT Subject Tests Optional

IvyBound Consulting featured Vanderbilt University on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter from June 12 - June 16, 2019

Day 1 • Vanderbilt University

According to US News & World Report, VAnderbilt University is ranked #14 in National Universities. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. Please check their website to read up on these indicators. We are using US News for its popularity, but by no means should they be the only source in determining your “best fit” college. Your best fit colleges should be determined by your academic goals, your personality fit, and financial considerations.  


It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar and offers a wide range of student activities. Located in Nashville, or Music City, there are plenty of off-campus options for dining, shopping, music and entertainment. On campus, Greek organizations play a big role in social life, with approximately 40 percent of students affiliated with Greek life.

Vanderbilt University:
Private, total undergraduate enrollment of about 6,885 students and the campus size is 333 acres. /p>

Founded in 1873


Tuition & Fees:
$49,816  (2018-19)

 All undergraduate students at Vanderbilt are required to live on campus, and freshmen live together in The Commons, which has many LEED Gold and Silver certified buildings. Types of campus housing available: coed dorms, women’s dorms, men’s dorms, sorority housing, fraternity housing, apartment for single students, special housing for disabled students, theme housing.

Admit Rate:
Highly competitive.

Vanderbilt has a percentage of 49% males and 51% females. Ethnicity/Race: 14.2% Asian, 10.8% African American, 9.9% Hispanic, 5.6% Multiracial (non-Hispanic), 0.5% American Indian, 8.8% International. 

Religious Affiliation:

Other Awards by US News:
#14 (tie) in National Universities, #20 in Best Undergraduate Teaching, #7 in Best Value Schools.

Day 2 • School Mission, Mascot, Sports

Vanderbilt’s intercollegiate athletics teams are nicknamed the Commodores, in honor of the nickname given to Cornelius Vanderbilt. Mr. Commodore is always portrayed as a naval officer from the 1880s, complete with chops, cutlass, and nineteenth-century naval regalia.

The Anchor Down cheer is also led by the students. 

Black and Gold

. In sports, Vanderbilt University is part of the NCAA I. At one point, seven of Vanderbilt’s 16 teams were concurrently ranked in the Top 25 of their respective sports. Women’s bowling won the NCAA championship, bringing the university its first team championship since the advent of the NCAA.

Day 3 • Academics/Top Undergraduate Majors/Student Life

Vanderbilt is comprised of 10 schools and colleges covering disciplines from the humanities to music to engineering. Among its graduate programs are the top-ranked Peabody College of Education and Human Development, which also offers undergraduate programs, and the highly ranked Owen Graduate School of Management, School of Engineering, Law School, School of Medicine and School of Nursing. Vanderbilt is also well known for its undergraduate Blair School of Music, and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center is ranked one of the best in the nation.

The student-faculty ratio at Vanderbilt University is 7:1, and the school has 65.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. Students are encouraged to take advantage of Vanderbilt’s interdisciplinary approach, and to take classes and explore interests across schools.Over 50 percent of undergraduates participate in research and more than 40 percent study abroad.

Academic Calendar:
Semester system

Undergraduate programs:
   Vanderbilt offers 69 majors across four undergraduate schools – Blair School of Music, College of Arts and Science, Peabody College of Education and Human Development, and the School of Engineering. 

Top Undergraduate Majors:
Economics, Social Sciences, Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Neuroscience, Political Science and Government. 

Highly-ranked Graduate programs:
Social Sciences, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Psychology, Multi interdisciplinary studies, Engineering. 

Student Life:
Vanderbilt’s location in Midtown Nashville, known as Music City, provides something for everyone: live music in every conceivable genre, and an abundance of restaurants, theaters, and shops, many within walking distance of campus. In addition, Nashville offers volunteer, internship, and job experiences in many industries including health care, publishing, technology, music, finance, and government. 

Day 4 • Notable Alumni

Distinguished Vanderbilt alumni are Molly Sims, Model, Supermodel and Actress, James Patterson, Television and Film Producer and Jay Cutler, American football player.

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Looking at first-time, Freshman Applicants: 

Admission Rate:
9.6% (including early applicants)

Total Applicants:



Yield Rate:
49%- Number of students who actually attended or matriculated once admitted. 

Early Option:
Early Decision I (November 1 is the deadline) and Early Decision II (January 1 is the deadline)

Regular Deadline:
January 1

Admission Requirements:
See Table above

Admissions into this prestigious University, Vanderbilt University, is extremely competitive as the acceptance rate is decreasing each year. With the increase of sheer number of applicants, how do you stand out and get admitted? If Vanderbilt is one of the colleges on your list, use this invaluable worksheet to plan and prepare to apply to Vanderbilt. 

IvyBound Consulting offers personalized college admissions services to help you create winning college applications that surely gets you admitted. Choose from one-on-one counseling services, college admissions online course- Applications That Get You Admitted!, private Facebook group membership, and essay review and editing services. 

Next week, I will cover, US News Week’s #17 (tied) Nationally Ranked University, Cornell. Stay Tuned.

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* Sources used: the college website, common data set, college factual, US World News, other websites.

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