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Vanderbilt University

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1873
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 6,378
Environment: Urban
Endowment: $2,915,620,000
Admissions Address

Nashville, TN 37240



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: Most Selective
Send application by: January 3
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: John Gaines
Admissions office telephone: (800) 288-0432
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 3
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Send application by: November 1
Decision sent by: December 15
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $50
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: Yes
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
http://www.vanderbilt.edu/admissions Tuition deposit: $400 (Partially refundable)
Room deposit: N/A (Partially refundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma or equivalent is not required
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 4
Mathematics 3 4
Science 2 4
Lab 2 4
Foreign language 2 4
Social studies 2 4
History 0 0
Academic electives 0 0
Total academic units 13 20

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview: May not be arranged
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: February 15
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: February 15
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Very important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Important
Recommendation: Important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Considered
Extracurricular activities: Very important
Talent/ability: Considered
Character/personal qualities: Considered
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Not considered
Geographical residence: Not considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Most Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 34%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 34%
Total applicants: 12,189
Total acceptances: 4,128
Total freshman enrollment: 1,590
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: N/A
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision is not available for graphing.

Male applicants: 5,619
Male acceptances: 1,955
Male freshman enrollment: 750
Female applicants: 6,570
Female acceptances: 2,173
Female freshman enrollment: 840
Out-of-state freshmen: 84%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: N/A
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: N/A
Students enrolled from waiting list: N/A

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 79%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 95%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 99%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 45%
Average high school GPA: N/A
First-year students submitting GPA: 98%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 87%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 630 – 730
Math: 650 – 740
Combined: 1280 – 1470

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 36.6% 48.5%
600-699 53.5% 42.4%
500-599 9.1% 8.1%
400-499 0.9% 1.1%
300-399 0.0% 0.0%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 56%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 27 – 32
Math: 28 – 34
Composite: 28 – 32

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 57.3% 63.0% 50.6%
24-29 37.5% 30.9% 42.3%
18-23 5.3% 5.8% 6.5%
12-17 0.0% 0.3% 0.7%
6-11 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Below 6 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%


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