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Vanderbilt University Campus Life

Campus Size

Medium-Sized Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 48 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

54% Women
46% Men


NCAA Division I-A

Southeastern Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $959,572)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $227,872)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined - 35 Yes -
Baseball 36 - Yes -
Basketball 16 14 Yes Yes
Bowling - 10 Yes -
Football 105 - - -
Golf 9 8 Yes -
Lacrosse - 30 Yes -
Soccer - 31 Yes Yes
Swimming - 24 - -
Tennis 9 9 Yes Yes
Track and Field, X-Country 12 - - -
Court Sports - - Yes Yes
Cricket - - Yes -
Cycling - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Field Hockey - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Rowing - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Softball - - - Yes
Squash - - Yes -
Swimming and Diving - - Yes -
Volleyball - - Yes Yes
Water Polo - - Yes Yes
Weight Lifting - - Yes -
Wrestling - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5.7%
Black/non-Hispanic 7.6%
Hispanic 4.3%
Non-resident alien 8.3%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 15.8%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 57.9%
Percent of students with disability 5%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 2
Drug Law Violation 22
Liquor Law Violation 7
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 10
Property Crime 28
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Z from Nashville, TN
  • 4
  • Truthfully, Vandy is full of people who have never encountered the real world before so it's kinda interesting and slightly annoying putting up with the rich folk who have never…

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  • Walisha from Louisville, KY
  • 4
  • The dorms are not pent-house suites, but they are not prison cells, either. Freshman dorms are awesome, and there are other houses that offer very nice amenities and rooms- from…

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  • Andi from Chagrin Falls, OH
  • 3
  • The freshman living situation is one that builds a great sense of community and one of the most outstanding experience of the four years. The living space occupied by freshman…

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  • C from Georgia
  • 5
  • All the freshman live on a part of campus called the Commons in 10 different houses. About half of the houses are older but renovated and the other half were…

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  • A from Vandy
  • 4
  • Depends on where you live. But for the most part, dorms are small and outdated. Kissam is GONE thank God, but there is still room for improvement. The freshman dorms…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Adreanna - Temple, TX
  • I am a current student here

    Dining on campus is pretty incredible. There are so many options, and chef style meals are available nearly everyday of the week. Some of the meal plan options provide students with hundreds of dollars per semester to spend off campus at local restaurants. The food scene is Nashville is incredible, so it’s great to have a variety of cuisines on the commodore card.

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  • 5
  • Reilly from Deland, FL
  • I am a current student here

    Mostly super amazing, especially the main dining halls (munchie marts can be ehh depending on which one you go to).

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  • 5
  • Ben from Dayton, OH
  • I am a past student here

    From my brief experience at Vanderbilt and in Nashville, I can wholeheartedly give the food and dining a five. There are a ton of unique and comfy coffee shops throughout the city, in addition to some of the best barbecue one could find ANYWHERE in the world.

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  • 4
  • Andi from Chagrin Falls, OH
  • I am a current student here

    Vanderbilt dining has won several awards for being outstanding in their quality of food and service. The campus consists of three main dining centers as well as several other smaller dining options to choose from. The food on Commons is considered to be the best on campus with a rotating menu of delicious options at the Chef's Table including salmon, steak, and pasta. This accompanies other options including the Wok, the Grill, the Pasta and Pizza station, as well as a soup and dessert section. Because of the multitude of options, it is difficult to get tired of this one dining center alone. The other dining center located in the Student Center has the Grill, Sandwich Station, Texmex, Lunch Paper, Chef's Bistro, and Bowls section which serves ancient grains with meat and vegetable toppings and ramen at night. Finally, the Kitchen has rotating menu of international cuisine as well as unique breakfast options. Other places to dine include Bamboo Bistro serving pho, Grins Vegetarian Cafe, the Pub serving traditional pub food, as well as cafes within libraries. In addition to the multitude of restaurant-quality options, there are also "munchie marts" that offer prepackaged food options for those on the go.

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  • 5
  • heream from houston, tx
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    good amount of options. they have a vegetarian cafe, if you're concerned about that. pizzas, burgers, salads, sushi, and a good array of deserts were available when i went. there's also a pub place, too and they have a froyo and coffee place.

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  • 5
  • James from Anchorage, AK
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    From what I can tell of the Vanderbilt dining program, all of the food will be amazing! They have a great program called Taste of Nashville that lets you use your meal plan with partnering restaurants around Nashville, not just on campus.

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  • 5
  • Lauren from Cleveland, TN
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    I believe that everyone is required to have a meal plan as well to get the full experience. The options that she had and the amount of things that my friend got for a meal amazed me. People definitely pack on some weight with the food quality here!

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Reilly from Deland, FL
  • I am a current student here

    Pretty great, I'm in a sorority and I don't do a ton of stuff with them bc I have a ton of academic stuff to do but I love having the social option!

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  • 0
  • Andi from Chagrin Falls, OH
  • I am a current student here

    The Greek presence on Vanderbilt�s campus is quite substantial. Over 40% of the student population is Greek. Most sororities and fraternities have houses on campus, but only those in board positions live within the houses, allowing more opportunities for mixing of different Greek members as well as Greek and non-Greek students. Rush takes place in the fall for males and in the spring for females. While there are certain pressures to become Greek, it is not the be-all, end-all. There are more ways to get connected than simply through Greek life.

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  • 0
  • Jisoo from Irvine, CA
  • I am a current student here

    Over half the population is Greek life, but students don't feel obligated to join, as it does not necessarily define the Vanderbilt experience

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  • 0
  • Miaya from Simpsonville, SC
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    There is Greek Life at Vandy, but I think it is only around 40% of the student body. So, if you want to join you can, but there is no pressure to do so.

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  • 0
  • A from Vandy
  • I am a past student here

    A MUST if you are a girl. 50% of all girls are. There is a greater push to be Greek at Vandy as well. Only about 40% of males.

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  • 0
  • Arianna from Torrington, CT
  • I am a current student here

    Greek life is a major part of campus life but if you are not involved it is not an anti-social decision because so many people are friends outside of sororities and fraternities.

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  • 0
  • Anonymous
  • I am a current student here

    I did my undergrad at a school that had no sororities or fraternities, so I find the hoopla at Vanderbilt to be pretty overwhelming. I've been assured by more knowledgeable friends that Vanderbilt is well known as a party school for undergrads, and its Greek scene is legendary. If you're into that sort of thing.

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  • 0
  • M from NJ
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Downfall for me is that you can't live in the sorority houses.

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