As of Fall 2004, the university had an enrollment of 6,272 undergraduate and
5,022 graduate and professional students. It was also the largest private employer in Nashville and one of the largest in
Tennessee, with approximately 18,000 faculty and staff.Once considered a southern school, Vanderbilt has been taking steps to diversify its incoming classes. Today, around 55% of
the total student body comes from outside the South, including 8.5% coming from outside the U.S. Moreover, 22% of the Class of
2008 are students of color.