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In 1873, Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt created the endowment of Vanderbilt University at the bequest of Methodist Bishop Holland N. McTyeire who was the cousin-in-law of Commodore Vanderbilt’s second wife. It was Commodore Vanderbilt’s only act of major philanthropy. McTyeire chose the site for the campus and supervised construction of the buildings. He also planted the trees that, today, make up the national arboretum. During its initial 40 years, Vanderbilt was under the control of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. In 1914, the school severed ties with the church over a dispute about the appointment of board members.

From the beginning, Vanderbilt offered liberal arts degrees beyond the bachelor’s level as well as education in professional subjects. The original campus was 75 acres, but by 1960, it had spread to almost 260 acres, increasing another 53 acres when the George Peabody College for Teachers joined Vanderbilt in 1979. Although the school was initially supposed to be an all-male institution, rules prohibiting women were never enacted and women have attended since 1875.

Today, Vanderbilt has an enrollment of over 11,000 students and is a private research university. U.S. News & World Report has ranked the university in the top 20 of National Universities, Best Colleges for Veterans, Best Undergraduate Teaching, Economic Diversity and Universities Favored by High School Counselors. The Peabody College is ranked 5th in the country. Kiplinger ranks Vanderbilt 3rd in Best Values Among Private Universities and 6th in Overall Best College Value. Princeton Review ranks Vanderbilt 1st among College City’s Students Love, 2nd for Happiest Students and 7th for the Best Financial Aid and Best Quality of Life.

Vanderbilt University Accreditation Details

Vanderbilt University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Reaffirmation of accreditation occurs every 10 years with interim inspections due every 5 years. During reaffirmation and interim inspections, Vanderbilt strives to correct any matters that the accrediting agency deems needs improvement. Accreditation also indicates that the university meets or exceeds criteria that the agency has determined represent excellence in education and that they have the resources to achieve their goals, vision and mission.

The Human Development Counseling program is also accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. Teacher education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. This indicates programs offered in those industries meet or exceed criteria used by the accrediting agencies that graduates are well-prepared for in their field.

Vanderbilt University Application Requirements

Undergraduate students may apply using the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success, the Common Application, QuestBridge or the Universal College Application. Students should just one application method and not use more than one system. All materials must be submitted with the application. Application documents required include official high school transcripts, counselor reports and writing prompts.

Transfer students must have a GPA of a B+/A- or higher and have competitive test scores. Students should have been involved in the communities of previous colleges and must explain why Vanderbilt is a better place for completion of their undergraduate degree. Students are considered transfers if they have completed at least 12 semester hours of credit after high school. Dual high school and college enrollment does not count toward those hours. Students must complete at least 60 credit hours at Vanderbilt.

Graduate students must complete an application online. Each program has specific requirements for admission, but students may need to provide official GRE scores, language proficiency examinations, a statement of purpose and letters of recommendation. Students must provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, one of which must display the conferring of a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Vanderbilt University Tuition and Financial Aid

Full-time undergraduate tuition at Vanderbilt University is $46,500 per year. Financial aid is available and over 63 percent of all students are offered some type of financial aid to attend. The admissions process is need-blind and Vanderbilt will meet 100 percent of a family’s demonstrated financial need. Students are not offered loans as part of their financial aid package. Instead, additional grant assistance is provided to meet financial need. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to qualify for any financial assistance. Graduate tuition varies depending on the program the student wishes to study. Students are encouraged to discuss their financial situation with a financial aid counselor.

Vanderbilt University Degree Program(s) Available

Applied Behavior Analysis Training Program

The Applied Behavior Analysis program prepares students to provide instruction and support to individuals with disabilities. Students gain an in-depth knowledge of Special Education by integrating content in the context

Students may choose to enter the Applied Behavior Analysis Training Program in conjunction with a primary specialization in Early Childhood, High Incidence or Severe Disabilities at the master’s or doctoral level. The program is Behavior Analyst Certification Board-compliant, allowing students to sit for the certification examination upon graduation. Courses required include:

  • Administering Ethical Behavior Analytic Services
  • Advanced Procedures in Classroom Management
  • Experimental Analysis of Behavior
  • Introduction to Single-Subject Research Methodology
  • Management Procedures for Academic and Social Behavior

Students must also choose from one of the following elective courses:

  • Foundations of Instruction in Early Childhood Special Education
  • Methods of Instruction of Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities
  • Research Methods in Special Education

Students are required to complete a field experience as well as a capstone project, such as an applied project, thesis or clinical case manager.

To apply for the program students must have three letters of recommendation, a GPA of 3.0 or higher, strong GRE scores and a written statement. Preference is given to students who hold licensure as a Special Education teacher or who plan to obtain licensure as part of a master’s program. It is possible students may receive full tuition funding if they have licensure. Students also have the opportunity to work on innovative projects.

Vanderbilt University has been providing excellence in education to both men and women since it opened in 1875. The Applied Behavior Analysis program at Vanderbilt University gives students advanced knowledge in Special Education that could allow them to move into a new career or advance in a current career.

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