Today’s college is one we’re all no doubt familiar with. Vanderbilt University in downtown Nashville, Tennessee is a private university founded by Cornelius Vanderbilt in 1873. Landon Garland served as first chancellor. Vanderbilt now houses over 12,000 students. While it’s located at the heart of urban downtown Nashville, the campus is a beautiful lush space filled with traditional buildings and landscaping.
Their Vanderbilt University Medical Center is one of the best medical facilities in the country. But Vanderbilt also boasts the opportunity for carefully-selected students to pursue over 70 majors. The University also offers hundreds of extracurricular societies, clubs, and sports teams, a radio station, television station, ten journalistic publications, and a high population of Greek organizations. Most students live on campus and enjoy all that the university has to offer from campus life.
All us SEC fans know that Vanderbilt is part of the Southeastern Conference, the only private school member of the SEC. And they boast among their graduates Pulitzer Prize winners, Academy Award winners, Rhodes Scholars. Fred Thompson, Amy Grant, James Patterson — all just a few of Vanderbilt’s illustrious graduates.
This “Southern Ivy” is a Southern point of pride among academic institutions. Go Commodores!