Vanderbilt University Review

Located in Nashville, Tennessee, Vanderbilt University is ranked 17th on ''U.S. News & World Report's'' Best Colleges 2010 list. The university is known for its Vanderbilt University Medical Center (a collection of clinics, schools and an acclaimed teaching hospital), which ranked 15th on ''U.S. News''' list of 'America's Best Hospitals.'

School Overview

Vanderbilt University was founded with an 1873 financial gift from Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, a northerner who hoped to help heal the breach of the Civil War. From its earliest days Vanderbilt University sought to go beyond a traditional liberal arts and sciences education, opening several professional schools alongside the college. Over the years, the university has expanded to 10 colleges and schools, with a student population of over 11,000 and nearly 3,000 faculty members.

The university offers bachelor's, master's, doctoral and first professional degrees. Popular majors include engineering science, psychology and sociology. As a private research university, Vanderbilt is known for the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and its contributions to biomedical research include the work of two Nobel Laureates.

Admissions and Enrollment Overview

Applicants to Vanderbilt University are encouraged to apply online using the Common Application, although a paper version can also be downloaded and mailed to the school. In addition, prospective students must complete the Vanderbilt Supplement application and a personal essay, as well as provide two academic teacher recommendations, a guidance counselor recommendation, standardized test scores and official transcripts. Students wishing to apply to the Blair School of Music will need to audition as part of the application process.

Campus Learning Environment and Facilities

Vanderbilt University has ten libraries and several open-access computer labs (such as the labs at the College of Arts & Science). Other computer labs are open only to students enrolled at that college (such as the labs at the School of Nursing). In addition, the university has 34 residence halls and apartments and over 300 student organizations.

The student-to-faculty ratio at Vanderbilt is 9:1, and 97 percent of faculty have obtained terminal degrees in their fields. In addition to its degree programs, Vanderbilt offers other learning programs, such as Accelerator-Vanderbilt Summer Business Institute, a four-week business management immersion program; numerous interdisciplinary centers; and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which provides adult education opportunities.

Colleges and Schools Information

  • College of Arts and Science
  • Peabody College (educational and human development)
  • Blair School of Music
  • Divinity School
  • School of Engineering
  • Law School
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • Graduate School
  • Owen Graduate School of Management

Contact Information

  • Address: 2201 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37240
  • Phone Number: (615) 322-7311