Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University is a private non-profit research university located in Nashville, Tennessee. It is a center for scholarly research, knowledgeable and innovative instruction, and provides service to the community and global society. It strives to maintain the highest standards and be a leader in the pursuit of knowledge through scholarship, distribution of information through instruction and outreach, and creative experimentation of concepts and ideas. It values academic freedom that promotes open inquiry, and excellence, compassion, and equality in all activities. Vanderbilt University offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs in liberal arts and sciences, education and human development, engineering, and music.

Vanderbilt University’s School of Nursing offers an online Master of Science degree program in health systems management. The program was designed and developed by experienced nursing faculty. The e-Learning program combines aspects of traditional learning and makes it easily accessible via the Internet. Students are able to log in to courses at anytime and submit assignments, receive feedback, and interact with instructors and other students on the discussion board. The e-Learning environment provides students with multi-level support such as admissions counselors, student service managers, small group instructors, and 24-hour technical support.

Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt founded Vanderbilt University in 1873. For its first 40 years, the Methodist Episcopal Church sponsored Vanderbilt. In 1914, the Vanderbilt Board of Trust detached from the church after a disagreement. The university gained national recognition in 1949 and it ranked in the top 20 private universities in the U.S. in 1963. Vanderbilt University has continued to growth and today it enrolls more than 12,500 students. It employs more than 23,000 staff members, making it Middle Tennessee’s largest private employer and the second largest private employer in the whole state.


The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredits Vanderbilt University.

Schools of Education

College of Arts and Sciences: committed to promoting scholarship, innovative research, and creative experience in liberal arts and sciences programs to foster service to society.

Blair School of Music: addresses the study of music through a wide range of academic, pedagogical, and performing activities.

Divinity School: seeks to engage students in a theological understanding of religion to prepare them for Christian ministry and leaders who will become mediators of social justice.

School of Engineering: provides the necessary knowledge for solving real-world problems in a variety of engineering fields.

Graduate School: offers an array of graduate programs that focus on research, in-depth instruction, and collaboration with colleagues to prepare individuals to face the challenges in the world.

Law School: committed to training excellent lawyers and is known for offering a rigorous academic program in a friendly, supportive atmosphere.

School of Medicine: educates leaders in medicine by providing high quality customized medical education. Supports excellence in education, research, and patient care.

School of Nursing: committed to providing high-quality programs with superior clinical experiences and active engagement with distinguished experts and health care resources.

Owen Graduate School of Management: one of the top business schools in the world and committed to helping students reach their maximum potential and achieve their professional goals.

Peabody College of Education and Human Development: committed to making a difference in people’s lives, policies, and institutions.

Scholarships Offered

Vanderbilt University offers merit- and need-based scholarships including the Ingram Scholarship Program, Chancellor’s Scholars Program, Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship Program, National Merit and National Achievement Scholarships, Carell Family Scholarship, Curb Leadership Scholarship, John Seigenthaler Scholarship, Top Tenn Scholarship, Fred Russell-Grantland Rice Scholarship, Alumni Association Scholarship, University Need-Based Aid Program, Opening Doors Scholarship, Vanderbilt Aid Society Scholarship, and Military Scholarships. Individual schools of education also offer honor scholarships.

Financing Options

Vanderbilt University is committed to meeting 100 percent of every admitted student’s financial need. It participates in a variety of financial aid programs including the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work-Study Program, Federal National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Stafford Subsidized Loan, Federal Direct Stafford Unsubsidized Loan, Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS), Tennessee Student Assistance Award, and Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program. Vanderbilt University also offers an interest-free monthly payment plan that enables students to pay their tuition and fees in 10 monthly installments and a Vanderbilt Institutional Employment Program.

Credit Earning Options

Vanderbilt University grants credit for previous coursework completed at another accredited institution of higher learning. All transfer courses must have a grade of a C- or better. Credit is evaluated and awarded by individual schools of education and most schools require students to complete at least 60 hours of coursework at the university. Students are also able to receive credit for Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations and International Baccalaureate tests. Students can receive up to 18 credit hours from a combination of examinations and other credit earning options. Students are required to submit official transcripts, examination scores, and any other supporting information.

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