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Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt's elegant Tennessee campus is widely recognized as one of the nation's most beautiful. Home to forests containing scores of species of trees, it also has been designated a national arboretum. Although fewer than half of 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 advising, research opportunities and other assistance, leading to a 70% medical school acceptance rate for first-time applicants. Vanderbilt's liberal arts, humanities, and education programs are also strong. Recent graduates of Vanderbilt earn about $79,900 annually, according to the College Scorecard. The Division I Commodores sports teams also stand out: The men's baseball squad won the national championship in 2019, and the women's tennis team has appeared in 26 NCAA Tournaments. Fraternities and sororities play a significant part of the social life on campus at Vandy, and many students take advantage of Nashville's vibrant music scene. The school also has over 500 organizations, including clubs for training in kung fu and a cohort for students who are gluten free.


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% of students who get any grants
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Average price for low-income students


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Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
% of need met
% of students who get merit grants
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Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Median student debt
Early career earnings
% earning more than a high school grad

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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