Vault Rating: 4 out of 5


  • Located in vibrant Nashville, Tennessee
  • Small class size and low student-teacher ratio


  • Most selective
  • Expensive

The Bottom Line

  • Vanderbilt University is a well-respected private institution in Nashville that offers academic programs for the purpose of scholarly research, creative teaching, and service to the community and world.


Vanderbilt is most selective. The admissions rate is 16 percent, and the school limits its freshmen class to about 1,600 students.

Application requirements include the Common Application and Vanderbilt Supplement, school report, guidance counselor recommendation, two teacher...  

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