2024 Comprehensive Report on Rankings, Costs, Graduation Rate and More

$27,553

Net Price

7%

Admitted

48%

Enrolled

93%

Graduation Rate

8/1

Student / Faculty

University Detail

Vanderbilt University

is a private not-for-profit, four or more years institution with a total student enrollment of 13,796. In 2021, there were 133 psychology and social work graduates. This institution ranks #1 in Tennessee and ranks #24 in the U.S. for schools that offer psychology degree programs.

Psychology Degrees Offered

Bachelor, Master, Doctor

Psychology Graduates

133

Total Enrollment

13,796

Type

Private Not-for-profit, Four or more years

Institution Accreditation

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Ranking for Vanderbilt University

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#1

Tennessee Rank

Combining ranking factors for 34 schools that offer psychology degrees in Tennessee, Vanderbilt University ranks #1.

#24

U.S. Rank

Combining ranking factors for 1,438 schools that offer psychology degrees in the U.S., Vanderbilt University ranks #24.

Psychology Programs Offered

For psychology degrees, Vanderbilt University offers Developmental Psychology, General Psychology and Research Psychology at the bachelor level. At the master level, the university offers Community Psychology, Counseling and Applied Psychology, General Psychology, Psychometrics Psychology and Research Psychology. At the doctorate level General Psychology are offered.

In the table below, see the programs offered and the number of graduates in each program.

Psychology Graduates in 2021BSMAPhD
Community Psychology3
Counseling and Applied Psychology5
Developmental Psychology27
General Psychology401110
Psychometrics Psychology5
Research Psychology275
Total Graduates942910
US Department of Education

Psychology Program Accreditation(s)

  • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) – PhD Doctoral programs
  • Professional Psychology (IPSY) – Predoctoral internship programs Vanderbilt University/VA Internship Consortium
  • Professional Psychology (IPSY) – Predoctoral internship programs
  • Professional Psychology (IPSY) – Predoctoral internship programs

Admission, Enrollment, Graduation

In the fall of 2021, 47,152 students applied to the Vanderbilt University. The university admitted 7% and 48% of those who were admitted also enrolled.

By comparison, the average number of applicants for Tennessee universities is 6,236. On average, all Tennessee institutions admit 72% and 29% of those who were admitted end up enrolling into the institution.

The percentage of Vanderbilt University students who return after their first year to begin their second year is 97%. Compared to all Tennessee four or more years colleges, the percentage is 73%.

The overall graduation rate for Vanderbilt University is 93%, compared to 57% for all Tennessee universities.

  • Credits Accepted: Dual enrollment, Advanced placement (AP) credits

Compare VU to Tennessee Four or more years Colleges
Offering Psychology Degrees

Compare admission, acceptance, retention and graduation rates of Vanderbilt University to the average of all Tennessee four or more years schools that offer psychology degrees.

Why it Matters

Compare Admission and Enrollment

Low admission rates and high enrollment rates denote not only how selective a school is, but also how in-demand the school is. High graduation rates show the overall success of an institution.

VU

47,152

Applicants

7%

Percent Admitted

48%

Percent Enrolled

97%

1st Time Student Retention Rate

93%

Graduation Rate

TN Colleges

6,236

Applicants

72%

Percent Admitted

29%

Percent Enrolled

73%

1st Time Student Retention Rate

57%

Graduation Rate

Student & Faculty Information

In the fall of 2021, there were 1,606 or 83% full-time instructional or research faculty members of all faculty and there were 322 or 17% part-time faculty members employed at Vanderbilt University. The number of full-time instructional faculty was 1,259 or 65%.

Part-time teachers are paid less and cost less, so any organization with a disproportionate number of part-time teachers can invest money in more important areas. However, as part-time teachers, participants can work full-time in their profession and bring experience to the classroom.

Why it Matters

Compare Faculty Numbers

Low student faculty ratios and high full-time instructional percentages indicate that institutions focus their investments in areas that matter most to students.

VU

8 / 1

Student Faculty Ratio

83%

Percent Full-Time

17%

Percent Part-Time

65%

Percent Full-Time Instructional

TN Colleges

13 / 1

Student Faculty Ratio

60%

Percent Full-Time

40%

Percent Part-Time

59%

Percent Full-Time Instructional

Tuition and Student Expenses

For the 2021-2022 academic year at Vanderbilt University the average cost of undergraduate tuition is $54,840, and the average cost for books and supplies is $1,194.

For graduate students, the average cost for tuition is $51,600 and the average cost for graduate fees is $562.

In the table below, find the average total expenses to attend Vanderbilt University in 2021-2022 including tuition, room, board and living expenses for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Note that the average total expenses do not include financial aid, grants, loans or scholarships. You can find the average financial aid and net price data in the sections below.

Expenses for Vanderbilt University2021-2022
On Campus Room & Board$18,376
On-Campus Living Expenses$3,002
Total Living Expenses$21,378
Tuition for In-State, Undergraduate$54,840
Books and Supplies, Undergraduate$1,194
Total Undergraduate Expenses$77,412
In-State, Graduate Tuition$51,600
In-State, Graduate Fees$562
Total Graduate Expenses$52,162
US Department of Education

Net Price

Average Net Price

The average net price to attend Vanderbilt University is $27,553. Average net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board, living costs, books, supplies together and then subtracting the average financial (grants, scholarships and loans) for federal financial aid recipients.

In other words, the average net price is the average amount students pay to attend this university for one year.

Average net price is calculated from the most recent data supplied by each institution to the US Department of Education and is found by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. The total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

Compare Vanderbilt University to all Tennessee universitas that offer psychology degrees for the cost to attend, average financial aid, percent of students receiving aid and the average net price to attend.

For program ranking, we see a lower overall cost of tuition and cost of living expenses minus the average financial aid a student may receive as the ranking factor student may want to consider.

Why it Matters

Compare Average Cost to Attend and Net Price

Low student faculty ratios and high full-time instructional professors indicates to us institutions that focus their investments in areas that matter most: the education of students by the best instructors possible.

VU

$77,412

Cost to Attend

$45,342

Average Financial Aid

70%

Percent Receiving Aid

$27,553

Net Price

TN Colleges

$38,189

Cost to Attend

$16,224

Average Financial Aid

96%

Percent Receiving Aid

$19,644

Average Net Price

Financial Aid

The number of beginning students who enter postsecondary education for the first time and receive financial aid is 1,184 or 70%.

The number of undergraduate students who receive a grant or scholarship is 4,617 and the average amount of their grant or scholarship is $45,342.

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid# Receiving AidAverage Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship Aid4,617$45,342
Pell Grants1,131$4,693
Federal Student Loans765$5,879
US Department of Education

Below, compare the financial aid students receive at the Vanderbilt University to all schools across the United States that offer psychology degrees.

We see higher percentages of those receiving aid and the percent that aid covers the net price of education as an indicator of the strength of the institution.

Why it Matters

Compare Financial Aid

Financial Aid can make the difference between being able to afford college or being priced out of college. Many students may find college far more affordable than they could imagine, when accounting for the various kinds of financial aid available.

VU

4,617

Grant or Scholarship Aid

71%

Grants or Scholarships

1,131

Number of Pell Grants

17%

Pell Grants

765

Federal Student Loans

12%

Federal Student Loans

TN Colleges

4,167

Grant or Scholarship Aid

54%

Grants or Scholarships

1,615

Number of Pell Grants

21%

Pell Grants

1,978

Federal Student Loans

25%

Federal Student Loans

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