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Rank: 18

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TNwww.vanderbilt.edu
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 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 66% medical school acceptance rate -- 23 percentage points higher than the national average. Vanderbilt's liberal arts, humanities, and education programs are also strong. The average graduate at Vanderbilt earns about $61,100 annually within three years, according to PayScale. 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.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$69,000
% of students who get any grants
64%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$24,900
Average price for low-income students
$3,500
admissions
Acceptance rate
11%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1510/34
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
7,006
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
92%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
11%
Average merit grant
$22,357
student success
Graduation rate
92%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$14,000
Average salary within 3 years
$61,100
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
59%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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