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2016 Undergraduate Tuition
2.01% growth from 2015
After Financial Aid
2014 Student Loan
Default Rate
2016 Acceptance Rate
32,442 Applicants
2016 Enrolled Students
94% full-time
2016 Graduation Rate
1,477 Graduates


The median tuition at Vanderbilt University is $44,496, which is $12,286 more than the national median tuition of $32,210.

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $23,150.

In 2016, 64% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 14% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

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Vanderbilt University received 32,442 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 3.11% annual growth. Out of those 32,442 applicants, 3,487 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 10.7% acceptance rate.

There were 12,587 students enrolled at Vanderbilt University in 2016, and 38% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Vanderbilt University has an overall enrollment yield of 45.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

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Vanderbilt University has a total enrollment of 12,587 students. The full-time enrollment at Vanderbilt University is 11,834 students and the part-time enrollment is 753. This means that 94% of students enrolled at Vanderbilt University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Vanderbilt University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 56.8% White, 8.78% Asian, 7.91% Black or African American, 7.31% Hispanic or Latino, 4.04% Two or More Races, 0.32% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.14% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Vanderbilt University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (14.1%), followed by White Male (13.8%) and Asian Male (3.87%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (14.3%), followed by White Male (10.1%) and Black or African American Female (1.53%).

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In 2016, 341 more women than men graduated from Vanderbilt University. The majority of students graduating from Vanderbilt University are White. These 2,842 graduates mean that there were 9.5 times more White graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 299 graduates.

The most common Bachelor's Degree awarded at Vanderbilt University is General Economics with 267 graduates, followed by Other Multidisciplinary Studies with 255 graduates and General Social Sciences with 197 graduates.

The most specialized major across all degree types at Vanderbilt University, meaning they have significantly more graduates than the national average across all institutions, is Legal, with 240 graduates, followed by Social Sciences with 681 graduates and Philosophy and Religious Studies with 53 graduates.


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Vanderbilt University has an endowment valued at nearly $4.09B, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $152M (3.73%), compared to the 1.09% average return ($2.96M on $270M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Vanderbilt University had a total expenditure of $3.93B. Of that $3.93B, they spent $1.93B on salaries and $401M on benefits.

Vanderbilt University employs 383 Professors, 235 Associate professors, and 207 Assistant professors. Most academics at Vanderbilt University are Male Professors (294), Male Associate professors (148), and Male Assistant professors (108).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Vanderbilt University are: Service, with 755 employees, Management, with 631 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 619 employees.



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