Vanderbilt was founded in 1873 by Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt and has grown into an internationally recognized research university. Through its 10 academic schools and colleges, Vanderbilt grants undergraduate and graduate degrees in various majors like Economics, Political Science, Neuroscience and Medicine.  Vanderbilt has a number of academic and social resources for students of color on campus. The Opportunity Development Center works to be sure that the student population and faculty at Vanderbilt are diverse, while the Alliance for Cultural Diversity in Research is dedicated to encouraging minority students in their pursuit of careers in the sciences. Socially and culturally, African-American students will feel at home in the Black Cultural Center, performing with the Rhythm and Roots Performance Company and the Voices of Praise Gospel Choir or as a member of one of the eight historically black fraternities and sororities. As one of the most distinguished institutions in the United States, Vanderbilt’s mission is to be a leader in higher education.

Location: Nashville, TN

Type of Institution: Four-year, private research university

Tuition and Fees (per semester)

     • In-State/Out-of-State: $21,059

Size: 12,000+ students

Percentage of African-American Students: 7%

Percentage of Men: 50%

Percentage of Women: 50%

Student-Teacher Ratio: 8:1

Degrees Offered: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate

Colleges/Schools: Arts and Science, Divinity, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, Music, Graduate School

Housing: On-campus housing provided


     • Greek: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta

     • Others: Black Law Students Association, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Black Student Alliance, Black Seminarians, Caribbean Students Association, Minority Association of Pre-medical  Students, Multicultural Council, National Black Law Students Association, National Society of Black Engineers

Famous Black Alumni/Faculty: Harold Ford, Jr.

City Life: Music City, State Capital, concerts and shows, shopping, dining, museums, art galleries professional sports: NFL (Titans), NHL (Predators)