Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Founded in 1873 with a $1 million gift from “Commodore” Cornelius Vanderbilt to establish an institution that would “contribute to strengthening the ties that should exist between all sections of our common country,” Vanderbilt today is a globally renowned research university.

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Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt was in his 79th year when he decided to make the gift that founded Vanderbilt University in the spring of 1873. For the first 40 years of its existence, Vanderbilt was under the auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. 


Vanderbilt offers undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, music, education and human development, as well as a full range of graduate and professional degrees.


Vanderbilt is home to more than 85 centers and institutes that work to tackle major challenges and meet important societal needs by bringing together faculty from a broad range of disciplines and producing cutting edge research. A center or institute is generally defined as a unit of the university engaged in combined aspects of research, scholarship, instruction, outreach or related service. Most commonly, a center or institute will have a substantial research/scholarship component to its mission, and also may have affiliated education programs. 


The Career Center serves undergraduates enrolled full-time in all Vanderbilt schools and colleges, and we also provide career coaching to recent graduates (0-2 years out).


Student services

Student Services:

  • Active Citizenship and Service
  • Address Change
  • Bookstore
  • Computer Labs
  • Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Disability Services Department
  • International Student & Scholar Services
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Life Office
  • Reserve a Room
  • Student Leadership Development
  • University Chaplain and Religious Life
  • Women's Center

Housing services

The Office of Housing and Residential Education provides safe, secure, comfortable, accessible and healthy housing for its residents. Programming for residents builds communities in which students’ social needs for belonging, friendship, recognition, respect and dignity are met. These communities foster learning, personal development, academic achievement, and successful transitions for both new students and graduates.

Library services

The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries are fundamental to the university’s goal of advancing scholarship and learning. We collect, preserve and make accessible a wide variety of resources, we partner with faculty and students to shape research, and we encourage the development of informed scholars and engaged citizens.

ICT services

Vanderbilt Information Technology is a division of Vanderbilt University, formally created July 1, 2013, with the mission of providing world-class information technology to Vanderbilt University and Medical Center. As of May 2016, the Medical Center and the university are legally separate entities, and this organization serves the university community.

Medical services

Health and Wellness is the award winning umbrella division for three programs that provide support for the health and productivity of faculty and staff. There are multiple activities offered 24/7 at all Vanderbilt campuses.

Student Life

Campus life

Located a mile and a half southwest of downtown Nashville, Vanderbilt is home to more than 300 tree and shrub varieties and was designated an arboretum in 1988. The oldest building on the original campus was constructed around 1859. The Peabody College section of campus has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark since 1966. Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory, located about nine miles from campus, also is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • 333 acres
  • 177 buildings
  • Total physical plant: 9.0 million square feet
  • Real estate (54 buildings): 2.7 million square feet

Sports facilities

  • Men's varsity teams: Baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, tennis
  • Women's varsity teams: Basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field

Student clubs

Our multidisciplinary philosophy isn’t limited to academics. The value we place on community brings students, faculty and staff together to keep more than 530 organizations up and running and the varied interests of more than 6,800 undergraduates fulfilled.


Vanderbilt University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award bachelors, masters, professional, and doctoral degrees.

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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