A WORLD UNTO ITSELF: Vanderbilt is well-situated on 323 contiguous acres that have been designated a national arboretum. Students live and move comfortably among ancient magnolias, sweeping lawns, and buildings that balance Victorian dignity with high-tech elegance. The campus is something of a world unto itself -- with modern classrooms, labs, and residence halls; coffee shops and bookstores; and facilities for concerts, plays, lectures, films, sports and recreation.
OUR CAMPUS: Historic Landmark since 1966. You can easily walk across the campus within 15 minutes. All of our buildings -- including four undergraduate and six graduate and professional schools, residential halls, and supporting facilities -- stand shoulder to shoulder, evidence that Vanderbilt is a common enterprise, a varied but cohesive community.
ACADEMICS: The University comprises 10 schools, a public policy institute, a distinguished medical center and The Freedom Forum First Amendment Center. Vanderbilt offers undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, music, and education and human development, as well as a full range of graduate and professional degrees.
FACULTY: A university advances through its faculty, and Vanderbilt professors are at the forefront of their academic disciplines. They have held virtually every major fellowship and won countless prestigious awards, including Fulbright, Guggenheim, MacArthur, Mellon, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation, and Presidential Young Investigators.
STUDENTS: Vanderbilt provides a gateway to greatness, drawing the best and brightest students from across the nation and around the world. Vanderbilt alumni can be found in Congress, on the judicial bench, heading corporations, conducting innovative medical research, writing for and appearing on the stage and screen, and playing in the NFL and NBA.
GRADUATE STUDIES: The Vanderbilt community comprises about 1,600 full-time faculty members and almost 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. More than 1,700 of those students are enrolled in the Graduate School, pursuing degrees in 46 departments and programs in the humanities and the social, biomedical and health, natural and physical, and engineering sciences.
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE: Since its establishment in 1875, the School of Medicine has made education its highest priority, and it shows: the School is regularly ranked as one of the top medical institutions in the country. The School and the Medical Center with which it is affiliated have achieved national recognition as a leader in skilled patient care, biomedical research and the training of physicians and scientists.
CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL: Constructed in 2004, the new freestanding children’s hospital is filled with the latest state-of-the art equipment and information systems to provide the best treatments for patients and offers a variety of family accommodations to help fulfill its mission of family-centered care. Vanderbilt Children’s is a non-profit teaching and research hospital and is a place for patients and their families to heal. Ranked for the second consecutive time as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country and in the top 10 in the areas of Neonatology and the Pediatric Emergency Department by Child magazine, Vanderbilt Children’s cares for the sickest patients in the region and beyond.
DIVINITY SCHOOL: Vanderbilt is unique among ecumenical theological schools because it educates ministers and religious scholars side by side, which encourages intellectual challenge that strengthens the training of both. The threefold mission of the Divinity School is: (1) to engage persons in the study of the Jewish and Christian traditions; (2) to help persons re-envision and prepare for the practice of ministry; and (3) to educate, through the Vanderbilt Graduate School's Department of Religion, future scholars and teachers of religious studies.
Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt has a tradition of educating teachers that reaches back to 1875. Moreover, education programs are situated in a context of academic attention to the entire span of human development, psychology, organizational leadership, and policy-making. Additionally, U.S.News & World Report ranked Peabody College among the top five graduate schools of education in the nation in 2006.
KIRKLAND HALL: At the outset, the University consisted of one building, Old Main, above, an astronomical observatory and houses for professors. Old Main and all of its contents were partially destroyed in a fire in 1905. It was rebuilt and renamed Kirkland Hall, in honor of James H. Kirkland, the longest serving Chancellor in University history (1893-1937).
BLAIR SCHOOL OF MUSIC: At the outset, the University consisted of one building, Old Main, above, an astronomical observatory and houses for professors. Old Main and all of its contents were partially destroyed in a fire in 1905. It was rebuilt and renamed Kirkland Hall, in honor of James H. Kirkland, the longest serving Chancellor in University history (1893-1937).
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES: The excitement of life at Vanderbilt is highly visible in the College of Arts and Science. The College derives its strength from the range of its academic offerings, from the quality of the faculty who are here to teach, and from the quality of students who are here to learn.
LAW SCHOOL: For more than 130 years, Vanderbilt Law School has trained excellent lawyer for careers throughout the nation and the world. Situated on the Vanderbilt campus, the law school combines the advantages of a stimulating university community, a top-tier faculty, a rigorous academic program, and a small, carefully selected student body.Founded as the "Law Department" in 1874, two years after Vanderbilt University was founded, the law school was originally located in Kirkland Hall, which now houses the university's administration. The law school moved into a dedicated law school building in 1962. With the completion of the school's second major renovation and expansion project in 2002, Vanderbilt now boasts one of the most modern, comfortable and well-designed law school buildings in the country, with wireless internet access throughout the building and in the immediate surrounding area.
OWEN GRADUATE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT: The Wall Street Journal, as one of the top 10 private business schools in the country and a "hidden gem," Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management is a close-knit community of students, faculty, alumni and business leaders who are committed to setting new standards of excellence in business education.Owen's fast-growing recognition as one of the premier top-tier business schools reflects its well-established excellence in preparing students to succeed in key segments of the evolving economy, including Finance, Marketing, Operations Management, Organizational Management and Electronic Commerce.
With a faculty of 45 and just over 400 selectively chosen students, Owen's student-faculty ratio of 10:1 is among the best for a top-ranked school.
SCHOOL OF NURSING: With a history dating back to 1909, the School of Nursing has a tradition of academic excellence and innovation in nursing education, clinical research, patient care and advanced practice delivery systems. The research conducted at the School is interdisciplinary. They work with researchers in nursing, medicine, business, engineering, anthropology, psychology, education and public policy, to name a few.
SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING: Vanderbilt is home to the oldest private engineering school in the South, combining stellar academics with energizing innovation. All engineering faculty members teach undergraduates, and many students are included in faculty research projects. Enrollment is kept to approximately 1,200 highly qualified undergraduates and 350 graduate students.The School of Engineering's phenomenal proliferation of research projects in recent years has excited and attracted new faculty from other top research programs, strengthening and expanding the School's skills, programs, talents and opportunities.
ATHLETES: For the past five years, 81 percent of our varsity athletes have received their degrees, one of the best records in higher education. Five percent of our undergraduates play varsity sports -- and a full 62 percent are involved in either intercollegiate, intramural or recreational sports.
There are more than 300 campus clubs and organizations on campus, all led and managed by students. Through the Student Government Association, the Honor Council and Interhall, students can help shape University policy and improve campus life. Through the Honor Code, Community Creed, student-directed service opportunities and campus programs, our students also consider moral and ethical issues and put the many facets of their lives into a personal framework of values. Increasing numbers of our students volunteer through more than 30 service organizations.
Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt -- his statue is shown above in front of Kirkland Hall -- was 79 when he contributed $1 million in 1873 to build and endow a university that would "strengthen the ties" among the nation's geographic constituencies.<br><br>The original Vanderbilt campus consisted of 75 acres. By 1960, the campus had spread to about 260 acres of land. When George Peabody College for Teachers merged with Vanderbilt in 1979, about 53 acres were added. Since its inception, Vanderbilt has been led by only seven chancellors.