Founded in 1873, the Vanderbilt University is a private research institution located in the city of Nashville, Tennessee. The university is known for its demanding academics mixed with southern charm and hospitality. Vanderbilt is ranked as one of the best universities in the United States and the world by several rankings. In 2017, the university was ranked the 10th most innovative in the world.
The university comprises of 10 schools and colleges: College of Arts & Science, Blair School of Music, Divinity School, School of Engineering, Graduate School, Law School, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Owen Graduate School of Management, Peabody College of Education and Human Development. The most popular majors at Vanderbilt University include: Economics; Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies; Social Sciences; Mathematic and Political Science and Government.
The total student population at the university is more than 12,000 students of which over 6,800 are enrolled in the undergraduate programs. The student to faculty ratio at the Vanderbilt University is 8:1 and the acceptance rate is 12%.
Vanderbilt reflects belief that a world-renowned education should be accessible to all qualified students regardless of economic circumstances through three important commitments: admission process is need-blind for US citizens and eligible non-citizens. Vanderbilt welcomes international students from over 100 foreign countries. International Student & Scholar Services fosters the education and development of non-immigrant students and scholars to enable them to achieve their academic and professional goals and objectives. It provides advice, counseling, and advocacy regarding immigration, cross-cultural and personal matters. It supports an environment conducive to international education and intercultural awareness via educational, social and cross cultural programs.
Notable Alumni: Muhammad Yunus (Bangladeshi social entrepreneur, banker, economist, and civil society leader), Fred Dalton Thompson (American politician, attorney, lobbyist, columnist, film and television actor, and radio host)
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1. Ingram Scholar’s Program
The Ingram Scholar Program was conceptualized by E. Bronson Ingram who served as the Chairman of Vanderbilt University Board of Trust from 1991 to 1995 in year 1993. Through this scholarship, he wanted to encourage Vanderbilt students to build a professional career along with a focus on community service. The scholarship aims at challenging the students to develop and implement community service projects and find solutions to critical problems that plague modern society. Post Ingram’s death in 1995, his wife Martha Ingram, who serves as an Emerita Member of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust, has continued with his efforts.
Eligibility Criteria/ Scholarship Guidelines
Scholarships are available to students who display an entrepreneurial spirit, personal integrity, leadership qualities, and commitment to civic-minded service.
It can be applied along with a first-year entrance application, and the finalists have to attend an interview with the selection committee to be selected.
Throughout their years as an Ingram Scholar, students are required to maintain a twenty-hour monthly service commitment and to complete at least one summer service project.
Applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English are required to submit official scores of one of the following English language proficiency tests: TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic.
Vanderbilt’s recommended minimum scores are a 100 on the internet-based TOEFL, a 230 on the computer-based TOEFL, a 7.0 on the IELTS, and a 70 on the PTE Academic.
2. Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarships
The Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarships started in year 2007 with a mission to strengthen and unite the university’s already existing full tuition fee scholarships by Sartain Lanier Family Foundation of Atlanta. The scholarship commemorates the vision of Commodore Cornelius, the founder of Vanderbilt University. The scholarship recipients are expected to contribute to the vision of Commodore Cornelius to bring the intellect and community leadership to the campus and form relationships and bring together people from all across the world.
Eligibility Criteria/ Scholarship Guidelines
To be considered for the Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship, the applicant must apply separately after submitting their admission application.
For students studying Music, the audition scores also form a basis for the decision to be considered for the scholarship.
The applicants are evaluated on the basis of past academic achievement, intellectual capability, leadership acumen, and contribution in activities other than the classroom. The scholarship application is evaluated along with the admission application.
Applicants without English as their first language have to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE test results for English proficiency. Minimum recommended scores are a 100 on the internet-based TOEFL, a 230 on the computer-based TOEFL, a 7.0 on the IELTS, and a 70 on the PTE Academic.
The scholarship also offers an opportunity to attend specific programs designed for talented students.
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