Vanderbilt University (VU)

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VU can be found in Nashville, TN, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. About fourteen thousand students are enrolled at VU.

The majority of students getting into VU had an SAT score within the range of 1460 to 1560, or got accepted with an ACT composite score within the range of 33 to 35. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Vanderbilt University (VU) average GPA ranges from 4.00 to 4 for accepted students. The acceptance rate of Vanderbilt University is considered highly competitive, with only 9% of students which applied on average being accepted. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected Vanderbilt University (VU) acceptance rate 2021 is estimated to be 9%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Vanderbilt University (VU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Vanderbilt University was reported as 9.1% in Fall 2020 with over 37,300 college applications submitted to VU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • VU ACT Scores: 33 - 35
  • VU Average GPA: 4.00 - 4

How Hard Is It to Get into Vanderbilt University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

Vanderbilt University has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Vanderbilt University has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 10.7%
  • 2017-2018: 10.9%
  • 2018-2019: 9.6%
  • 2019-2020: 9.1%
  • Projected VU Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 9.1%

How Does Vanderbilt University (VU) Compare?

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The acceptance rate for Vanderbilt University is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Belmont University83.8%
Austin Peay State University95.0%
Western Kentucky University97.3%
Tennessee Technological University79.0%
Murray State University82.4%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Vanderbilt University (VU) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading710 - 760
Math750 - 800
Total Score1460 - 1560
ACT®Score Range
English34 - 36
Math31 - 35
Composite Score33 - 35
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