Tracking the Status of African Americans at Vanderbilt University

vanderbiltVanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, recently released its inaugural Community Profile. The report and subsequent annual ones will provide a snapshot of the demographics of three components of the university community: students, faculty and staff. The university states that “the report will serve as a reference tool to assist and inform those working to make Vanderbilt a more diverse community, with full inclusion and equity for all.”

The report includes a wealth of information on diversity at the university. This includes data on African Americans, members of other underrepresented groups, and women. Below, we list some of the facts about the status of African Americans at the university.

  • Blacks are 8 percent of the undergraduate students at the university.
  • Blacks make up 5 percent of all graduate students and 5 percent of all students in the university’s professional schools.
  • Blacks are 3 percent of tenure-track faculty and 4 percent of tenured faculty.
  • Blacks hold 17 percent of all staff positions at Vanderbilt.


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