Vanderbilt University
At Vanderbilt University, the average merit award tops $20,000. courtesy of Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University

Jul 24, 2014

Vanderbilt’s elegant campus is widely recognized as one of the nation’s most beautiful. Home to forests containing hundreds of species of trees, it has been designated a national arboretum. Although fewer than half Vanderbilt’s students are from the South, alumni like Al Gore, Lamar Alexander, and Rosanne Cash make up a Who’s Who of Southern politics and culture.

The university has a world-class medical school, and its pre-med undergrads receive extra advising, research opportunities, and other assistance, leading to a 67% medical school acceptance rate—about 25 percentage points higher than the national average. Vanderbilt’s liberal arts and humanities programs are also strong. The average non-science, non-business major at Vanderbilt earns about $42,000 within five years, about $4,000 above the average salary reported by graduates with those majors.

The Division I Commodores sports teams also stand out. The baseball squad won the national championship in June 2014, while the football team often gets bowl invitations. Fraternities and sororities play a significant part of the social life on campus, and many students take advantage of Nashville’s vibrant music scene.

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