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Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University was founded in 1873 after Cornelius Vanderbilt, one of the richest Americans at the time, made a $1 million endowment that helped build the university. Since then, the university has grown to be one of the most respected academic institutions in the United States. In its 2012 “Best Colleges” rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanderbilt University 17th in the national universities category, 14th in best value schools category, and the 1st in the best education graduate school category. Located in Nashville, Tenn., the university has a student population of more than 12,500 learners, but a student-to-faculty ratio of just 8 to 1.

Programs Offered

Vanderbilt University has 130 degree programs offered in its 10 schools. One of its most prominent schools, the Vanderbilt School of Nursing, offers programs online. Undergraduate students can major in a wide variety of disciplines, including biomedical engineering, business administration, computer science, and neuroscience. Graduate students also have many areas of study to choose from, such as the highly-rated education program, theological studies, psychology, and foreign languages. Finally, the school offers 58 doctoral programs, such as higher education administration, medicine, law, and medical physics. You can find a full list of Vanderbilt University’s degree programs here.


Vanderbilt University has been accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1895. It also holds specialized accreditation from 13 institutions, including the American Bar Association (1925), American Psychological Association (1959), and the Association of Theological Schools (1938).


The university has no grade point average cut off for its incoming freshmen applicants. Instead, its admissions committee reviews all parts of an application, which includes a personal essay, list of extracurricular activities, high school transcript, standardized test scores, and two academic teacher recommendations. The requirements are the same for transfer students as well, except they need to submit all college transcripts. Freshmen and transfer applicants can apply through the Common Application system.

The requirements change for graduate students depend on the school they’re applying for. For example, the College of Arts and Sciences graduate school requires GRE scores, transcripts, and five letters of recommendations from people who can properly evaluate the candidate’s professional and academic qualifications. Meanwhile, the graduate programs in the Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion requires a completed online application, official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a resume.

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