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Vanderbilt University: Narrative Description


Nashville, TN 37240-1001
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Independent, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1873. Setting: 330-acre urban campus. Endowment: $1.4 billion. Total enrollment: 11,294. Faculty: (785 full-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 9:1. 11,170 applied, 38% were admitted. 77% from top 10% of their high school class, 96% from top quarter, 100% from top half. 85 National Merit Scholars, 30 class presidents, 101 valedictorians. Full-time: 6,202 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 70 students, 44% women, 56% men. Students come from 54 states and territories, 36 other countries, 76% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 7% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 1% 25 or older, 83% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 94% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; engineering/engineering technologies; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Fisk University, Howard University, Meharry Medical College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: SAT Subject Tests, SAT II: Writing Test. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 1/2, 11/1 for early decision plan 1, 1/2 for early decision plan 2. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early decision plan 1, 2/15 for early decision plan 2.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $39,726 includes full-time tuition ($29,240), mandatory fees ($750), and college room and board ($9736). College room only: $6336. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $1213 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 264 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 34% of eligible men and 48% of eligible women are members. Major annual events: Rites of Spring, Impact Speaker Symposium, Accolade Homecoming Ball. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Jean and Alexander Heard Library plus 7 others with 1.8 million books, 2.9 million microform titles, 26,885 serials, and 153,450 audiovisual materials. 400 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Nashville, Tennessee's capital city, is one of the South's foremost centers for insurance, publishing, healthcare, and music. Ranking high among American cities in "quality of life" surveys, it offers four-star restaurants, sprawling shopping complexes, and entertainment to suit all tastes. The Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Community Concerts, Broadway touring companies, classical ensembles and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, and the Circle Players perform regularly. The Tennessee Performing Arts Center continually hosts major orchestral and theatrical groups from throughout the nation. Among the attractions that bring visitors to Nashville each year are the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Fine Arts Center, the Cumberland Museum and Science Center, the Nashville Arena, and the Tennessee State Museum. Nashville is also home of an NFL team, the Tennessee Titans, and a NHS team, the Nashville Predators.

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