Vanderbilt University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$52,781
3.9% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$25,804
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
0.961%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
11.6%
36,646 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
13,537
90.9% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
92.8%
1,485 Graduates

About

Vanderbilt University is a higher education institution located in Davidson County, TN. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Vanderbilt University were Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (257 degrees awarded), Other Multidisciplinary Studies (232 degrees), and General Social Sciences (227 degrees).

In 2020, 4,581 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Vanderbilt University. 57.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 42.4% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,639 degrees), 5.88 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (449 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Vanderbilt University is $52,781, which is $24,152 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Vanderbilt University is $52,781, which is $24,152 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $25,804.

In 2020, 65% of undergraduate students attending Vanderbilt University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 12% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$52,781
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Vanderbilt University was $52,781. The cost of tuition at Vanderbilt University is $24,152 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Average Net Price

$25,804
2020 Value
0.197%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Vanderbilt University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $25,804. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Vanderbilt University grew by 0.197%.

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Other Student Expenses

$16,910
Room and Board
$1,294
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Vanderbilt University was of $16,910 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,294. The cost of room and board increased by 4.16% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

65%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
12%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

65% of undergraduate students at Vanderbilt University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a decline of 1.52% with respect to 2019, when 66% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
0.961%
2018 Default Rate
13
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Vanderbilt University was 0.961%, which represents 13 out of the 1353 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Vanderbilt University received 36,646 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 1.78% annual decline. Out of those 36,646 applicants, 4,259 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 11.6% acceptance rate.

There were 13,537 students enrolled at Vanderbilt University in 2020, and 45% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Vanderbilt University has an overall enrollment yield of 39.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

11.6%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
4,259
Accepted Out of 36,646

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Vanderbilt University was 11.6% (4,259 admissions from 36,646 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 9.12%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −1.78%, while admissions grew by 25.2%.

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SAT Scores

45%
Submission Percentage
761
Scores Submitted

45% of enrolled first-time students at Vanderbilt University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Vanderbilt University has a total enrollment of 13,537 students. The full-time enrollment at Vanderbilt University is 12,309 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,228. This means that 90.9% of students enrolled at Vanderbilt University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Vanderbilt University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 52.2% White, 11% Asian, 9.49% Black or African American, 8.63% Hispanic or Latino, 4.49% Two or More Races, 0.34% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.236% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Vanderbilt University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (22%), followed by White Male (20.4%) and Asian Male (8.35%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (36.7%), followed by White Male (24.6%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (4.19%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

90.9%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Vanderbilt University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 13,537 students. The full-time enrollment at Vanderbilt University is 12,309 and the part-time enrollment is 1,228. This means that 90.9% of students enrolled at Vanderbilt University are enrolled full-time compared with 76.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

96%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Vanderbilt University was 96%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84.5%), Vanderbilt University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    7,063
  2. Asian
    1,487
  3. Black or African American
    1,285

The enrolled student population at Vanderbilt University is 52.2% White, 11% Asian, 9.49% Black or African American, 8.63% Hispanic or Latino, 4.49% Two or More Races, 0.34% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.236% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 49.8% White, 15.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.74% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 452 students (3.34%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 699 more women than men received degrees from Vanderbilt University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Vanderbilt University is white (2,639 degrees awarded). There were 5.88 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (449 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Vanderbilt University is Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (257 degrees awarded), followed by Other Multidisciplinary Studies (232 degrees) and General Social Sciences (227 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Vanderbilt University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Math & Statistics (257 degrees awarded), Legal (269 degrees), and Social Sciences (680 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Vanderbilt University are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (341,512 people), Other managers (253,032 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (195,006 people), Postsecondary teachers (160,486 people), and Chief executives & legislators (120,051 people).

The most specialized majors at Vanderbilt University are Math & Statistics (257 degrees awarded), Legal (269 degrees), Social Sciences (680 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (49 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (314 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Vanderbilt University are Surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Aerospace engineers, Physicians, and Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists

The most specialized majors at Vanderbilt University are Math & Statistics (257 degrees awarded), Legal (269 degrees), Social Sciences (680 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (49 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (314 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Vanderbilt University are Elementary & secondary schools (420,594 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (326,053 people), Legal services (283,377 people), Computer Systems Design (225,022 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (206,926 people).

The most specialized majors at Vanderbilt University are Math & Statistics (257 degrees awarded), Legal (269 degrees), Social Sciences (680 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (49 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (314 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Vanderbilt University.
Most Common
  1. 257 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 232 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 227 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Vanderbilt University was Econometrics & Quantitative Economics with 257 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

1,941
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
2,640
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 1,941 degrees were awarded to men at Vanderbilt University, which is 0.735 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,640).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 166 degrees were awarded to men at Vanderbilt University in Econometrics & Quantitative Economics, which is 1.42 times more than the 117 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 169 degrees were awarded to women at Vanderbilt University in Other Multidisciplinary Studies, which is 2.22 times more than the 76 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

89%
100% Completion Time
94%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 89% of students graduating from Vanderbilt University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 94% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 94% within 200%.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Vanderbilt University is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 3.37% of graduates (50 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,639 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    449 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    346 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Vanderbilt University is white (2,639 degrees awarded). There were 5.88 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (449 degrees).

2.71% of degree recipients (124 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    1,570 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,069 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Male
    239 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Vanderbilt University is white female (1,570 degrees awarded). There were 1.47 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,069 degrees).

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Operations

Vanderbilt University has an endowment valued at nearly $6.92B, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $−NaNM (−0.315%), compared to the 3.48% average return ($10.5M on $302M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2020, Vanderbilt University had a total salary expenditure of $1.29B. Vanderbilt University employs 427 Professors, 253 Assistant professors, and 249 Associate professors. Most academics at Vanderbilt University are Male Professors (305), Female Assistant professors(154), and Female Associate professors (127).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Vanderbilt University are: Service, with 699 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 653 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 451 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$6.92B
2020 Endowment
10.3%
growth from 2019

Vanderbilt University has an endowment valued at about $6.92B, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Vanderbilt University grew 10.3% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $6.62B higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $214M - Federal
  2. $5.81M - State
  3. $1.96M - Local

As of 2020, Vanderbilt University received $214M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $5.81M from state grants and contracts, and $1.96M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$616M
2020 Salaries
5.41%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Vanderbilt University paid a median of $616M in salaries, which represents 47.8% of their overall expenditure ($1.29B) and a 5.41% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.79% growth from 2018 and a 5.61% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 238M (43% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$157M
Instructional Salaries
1,136
Number of Employees

In 2020, Vanderbilt University paid a total of $157M to 1,136 employees working as instructors, which represents 25.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $69.9M (29.4%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
427 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
699 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Vanderbilt University were Professor with 427 employees; Assistant professor with 253 employees; and Assistant professor with 249 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Vanderbilt University were Service with 699 employees; Business and Financial Operations with 653 employees; and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 451 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Assistant professor
  3. Female Associate professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Vanderbilt University was Male Professor with 305 employees, Female Assistant professor with 154 employees, and Female Associate professor with 127 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Vanderbilt University.

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