Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University appears in these rankings:

50 Best Value Colleges for Teaching Degrees

20 Best Value Colleges and Universities in Tennessee

25 Best Value Universities

One of the main college campuses in Tennessee is Vanderbilt University. Established in 1873, the name of the university comes from Cornelius Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt gave the founders $1 million to build a new college in the state, despite the fact that he never visited the location or even traveled through the south before. Though it has an affiliation with the Methodist Church for a number of years, it later ended this relationship and became a private college with no religious affiliation. It later took over the operations of the former Peabody Normal School, which became the Peabody College of Education and Human Development. U.S. News & World Report ranked Peabody as the best graduate school for education majors in five different years.

Vanderbilt itself has a strong ranking and reputation. U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, ARWU and Washington Monthly all rank is as one of the best colleges in America, and ARWU, QS, Times and U.S. News & World Report rank Vanderbilt as one of the top colleges in the entire world. In 2018, it moved up through the rankings to become the 14th best college in the United States. Fortune also ranked the university as one of the best places in the country to work.

Vanderbilt University Accreditation Details

Vanderbilt has accreditation from more professional organizations and agencies than most schools do. It has institutional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and its Commission on Colleges. This allows you to apply for financial aid with the FAFSA and to use any financial aid that you receive for your college expenses. Institutional accreditation also moves across education institutions and allows you to transfer your college credits between two or more campuses. Many of the degree programs that Vanderbilt offers has accreditation from other professional organizations too that include:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education

American Speech Language Hearing Association

Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Vanderbilt University Application Requirements

Vanderbilt has an acceptance rate of right around 10% for undergrads, which makes it one of the most selective colleges in the country. You can use one of four websites/systems to apply to an undergrad program, including the Common Application and the Universal College Application. These two sites let you use the same account to apply to Vanderbilt and any other college you may want to attend. You only need to enter your information once, and the site will then automatically add that information to any other applications you fill out. These sites require that you pay application fees for each application and that you complete any requirements each college has like writing a personal statement.

The university has an early decision deadline of November 1 and a regular decision deadline of January 1. Undergrads must submit an ACT or SAT test score, an official high school transcript and the full application. Vanderbilt has an even lower acceptance rate among graduate students because it has such a small number of open spaces. Some of the requirements you may need to meet for a doctoral or graduate program include having a valid teaching license, earning a bachelor's and/or master's degree from an accredited university and taking the GRE.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Attending Vanderbilt may cost more than you thought. The university estimates that the cost for undergrads is more than $60,000 a year. This includes tuition, miscellaneous fees, books, other school supplies and room and board. Room and board alone on the campus costs more than $15,000 a year. The cost for graduate students starts at $1,910 per credit. You'll also need to pay for health insurance through the university unless you have insurance of your own. Vanderbilt charges graduate students fees of around $500 a year too.

If you are a graduate or doctoral student, you can apply for a fellowship or an assistantship. Both these programs provide you with free health insurance and tuition, but you'll also get a stipend that covers some of your other expenses. The exact amount that you get varies between programs. Even if you don't want to apply for one of these programs, you'll still need to file the FAFSA to see if you get any financial aid. Your financial aid package might include grants, loans or scholarships. Vanderbilt will base your aid package on how much you or your family can contribute to your educational costs. If you qualify for any special scholarships, the university may send you an application or information on how to apply.

Peabody College of Education and Human Development

Vanderbilt offers undergrad, graduate and doctoral programs as well as professional programs and online options. Undergrad programs include those in elementary education, secondary education and special education. Elementary education prepares you for working with kids through sixth grade, and the secondary school program prepares you for working with kids between seventh and 12th grades. Its special education program deals more closely with exceptional students as well as those with disabilities. When you major in elementary or secondary education, you'll also need to select a second major relating to what you want to teach like math or history.

The university offers an elementary education program and a secondary education program at the graduate level for those who do not have their teaching credentials and those who have a bachelor's degree in a non-education related field. These programs let you get your degree and meet the requirements for getting a Tennessee teaching license. You may meet the requirements for getting a license in another state too.

As a doctoral student, you can enroll in the Vanderbilt program in K-12 educational leadership and policy program, which is an education doctoral degree that takes 36 months to finish. You can also get a PhD in special education in a concentration like early childhood special education, learning disabilities, severe and multiple disabilities or visual and hearing impairments. You'll work in the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development or a related research institute during your studies. Vanderbilt University also offers professional development programs for principals and offers an online program in educational leadership that lets you earn your doctoral or graduate degree online.