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 thirteen thousand students are enrolled at VU.

The majority of students getting into VU had an SAT score within the range of 2090 to 2340, or got accepted with an ACT composite score within the range of 32 to 34. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Vanderbilt University (VU) average GPA ranges from 3.90 to 4 for accepted students. The acceptance rate of Vanderbilt University is considered highly competitive, with only 10% of students which applied on average being accepted. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected Vanderbilt University (VU) acceptance rate 2015 is estimated to be 15%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Vanderbilt University (VU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Vanderbilt University was reported as 12.7% in Fall 2013 with over 31,100 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 SAT Scores: 2090 - 2340
  • VU ACT Scores: 32 - 34
  • VU Average GPA: 3.90 - 4

How Hard Is It to Get into Vanderbilt University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

VU 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 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for VU has been on a downward trend over the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 20.1%
  • 2010-2011: 17.9%
  • 2011-2012: 16.4%
  • 2012-2013: 14.2%
  • 2013-2014: 12.7%
  • Projected VU Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 14.9%

How Does Vanderbilt University (VU) Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Vanderbilt University is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Belmont University79.9%
Austin Peay State University86.0%
Tennessee Technological University93.2%
Murray State University82.2%
Alabama A & M University89.9%

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 Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Vanderbilt University (VU) (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading700 - 780
Math710 - 790
Writing680 - 770
Total Score2090 - 2340
ACT®Score Range
English32 - 35
Math30 - 35
Composite Score32 - 34
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