Vanderbilt College Tour
Vanderbilt University Fast Facts:
Located in Nashville, TN (just a ten minute drive from lively downtown)
#14 National University (according to US World and News Report)
Four undergraduate college
67 Bachelor’s Degrees
11.7% acceptance rate (2015-16)
Situated in the heart of bustling Nashville, Vanderbilt University provides world-class academics in a world-class cultural environment. Vanderbilt, affectionately called Vandy by students, is well worth a visit when in Nashville, whether to get to know the school itself, catch an SEC game, or simply enjoy the picturesque campus.
The university and their mascot, the commodore, both take their name from railroad magnate “Commodore” Cornelius Vanderbilt, who, ironically enough, was not really a commodore and never set foot on the school’s campus. However, he did provide $1 million for the school’s first endowment, paving the way to the school opening its doors in 1873. The school continues to honor his legacy through his famous statue on campus, as well as the merit scholarship known as the Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship.
Today, the school is well-known for its strong academics paired with bigtime athletics. It is one of only four top 15 National Universities with Power Five athletics, and ranks the highest out of all SEC schools on the National Universities list. Students have a unique opportunity to take top notch classes with world-renowned professors during the week, then attend highly competitive athletic events after class or on the weekends.
Additionally, the university’s location in Nashville provides students with a wealth of cultural opportunities. It isn’t called for Music City for nothing: the city plays host to free, live music 365 days a year, in addition to consistently attracting the world’s most famous musicians. Just last year, Vanderbilt got its entire freshman class free tickets to Beyonce, which was obviously an amazing opportunity. Aside from music, Nashville is a foodie’s paradise, from southern comfort food to creative food trucks to cultural fusions. Vanderbilt’s dining card works at a selection of high-profile, off-campus restaurants, giving students a chance to explore the city’s many flavors. Nashville is also home to an NHL team (the Predators), an MLB farm team (the Sounds), and an NFL team (the Titans), giving sports fans plenty of opportunities to get off campus and see the best of the best play.
This same liveliness extends to the Vanderbilt campus. Although relatively small with only 6,885 undergrads, the university is home to a diverse, passionate student community. They have 430 student organizations and many students hold membership in multiple groups. One big facet of campus life is the Ingram Commons, which are 10 residential buildings that specifically house freshmen. The different houses compete throughout the school year in academics, athletics, service, community involvement, and sustainability in hopes of winning the Commons Cup, which is essentially just bragging rights over all the other houses.
In addition to everything else the school has to offer, Vanderbilt has a gorgeous campus and is located in a great area of Nashville. Vandy’s buildings are a mixture of old and new, giving the school a sense of history paired with a modern university vibe. The school is right across from the recreated Parthenon and a gorgeous park that students flock to on sunny days, in addition to close proximity to the famous Music Row neighborhood.
No matter interested in competitive athletics, top-notch academics, or wanting to live in the middle of a bustling, cultural city, Vandy has it all. For more information, visit vanderbilt.edu.