- Females outnumber males among Vanderbilt undergraduates
- 53% - 47%
- 84% of graduates live on campus; every student is
guaranteed an on-campus residence; every freshman
student resides on campus
ranked among the nation's leading four-year universities;
21st by U.S. News & World Reports.
was named one of America's "hot and trendy" universities
in a 2001 survey of high school uidance counselors, according
to Kaplan/Newsweek College Catalog.
campus - 330 acres - was designated a National Arboretum in
1988, and features seven Tennessee state champion tree species.
- Every residence hall on campus is connected to the
internet and the Vanderbilt Library's Catalog, therefore
enabling all students immediate access to the online
information. Every student and professor also is included
in a university-wide electronic mail system.
undergraduates representing every state and 48 countries.
freshman class of 2001 (1,558) consists of the following:
514 captains of prep athletic teams 172 valedictorians and
salutorians 123 class presidents 90 all-state musicians 57
student body presidents 27 cheerleading captains 16 drum majors
6 pilots 3 playwrights and 2 bagpipers
2001 class had an average high school GPA of 3.6.
- Vanderbilt University is located just 5 minutes
from downtown Nashville where the historic riverfront
districts boasts a lively nightlife, with restaurants
and coffee houses.
- Vanderbilt offers degrees in liberal arts and science,
education and human development, engineering, music,
law, management, divinity, nursing, and medicine through
its ten schools
minority enrollment in the 2002 freshman class is the most
in university history. The African- American enrollment also
is at its highest level with the 2002 freshman class.
of the freshman class came from public schools.
Vanderbilt - A World Class Education
U.S. News & World Report Findings: Vanderbilt ranked 21st
among America’s best national universities in 2002. Vanderbilt
Law School ranks 17th in the nation.
School of Engineering has the 12th ranked undergraduate biomedical
engineering program in the nation.
Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University
was ranked 17th in the nation by Business Week for its Executive
of Vanderbilt’s more than 1,700 full-time and 300 part-time
faculty members hold Ph.D.s or other terminal degrees.
eight consecutive years, Vanderbilt’s Peabody College has
been ranked as the #1 school of education by Ruggs Recommendations
a student-faculty ratio of 9:1, Vanderbilt University provides
its students with a highly personalized and interactive learning
Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, dedicated in
1984, was named in honor of the first African-American student
admitted to Vanderbilt in 1954.
has 6,037 undergraduate students and 4,157 graduate and professional
students – 49 percent men and 51 percent women.
percent of the School of Engineering graduates who sought
employment had jobs within six months of graduation.
- 70% of classes at Vanderbilt University enroll under
- Vanderbilt's student/faculty ratio is 9:1; lowest
in the SEC.
Vanderbilt student-athlete is supported by the Stratton-Foster
Academic Center in McGugin Center. The bi-level facility contains
four tutorial rooms, a computer complex, reading zone and
numerous private areas.
2001, the Vanderbilt football program was recognized by the
College Football Association for its 100% graduation rate.
Vanderbilt was one of two programs honored, sharing the award
with Notre Dame. It was the second time in five years for
Vanderbilt to receive the recognition.
is the leader among SEC members in the following rates:
• Team graduation rates;
• Graduation rates of minority students on team - 83% of African
American players on the Vanderbilt squad received their degrees,
according to the most current statistics.
the last 15 years, Vanderbilt’s football program has been
recognized by the College Football Coaches Association for
graduating at least 70% of its players.
of all Vanderbilt studentathletes who complete their playing
eligibility earn an undergraduate degree.
2001, 30 members of the Vanderbilt football team were selected
to the All-SEC Academic Honor Roll. The total established
new SEC and Vanderbilt records.
“Through the combination of career development
and community service, our goal is to produce wellrounded
young men and women who will represent Vanderbilt University
Director of Student Services
The six aims of CHAMPS/Life Skills:
• Academic Excellence
• Athletic Excellence
• Community Service
• Career Development
• Personal Development
Vanderbilt players help contribute to a better community
surrounding the Vanderbilt campus by getting involved in numerous
Nashville-area projects and efforts.
The program, known as CHAMPS/Life Skills, brings players
together with young kids in various settings, from tutoring
elementary students at local schools to visiting ailing youngsters
at Vanderbilt University Children’s Hospital.
Even with their busy schedules, Commodore student-athletes
are among the most actively involved Vanderbilt students when
it comes to community service. Whether it’s reading stories
at an elementary school, working with disabled children, speaking
to groups, serving food at one of several public kitchens
in the Nashville area or hosting a Christmas party for disadvantaged
local children, Commodores are working to make Nashville a
What the Players are Saying ...
Senior Safety from Englewood, Colorado
"Triumph, adversity, loss and education all come together
to create my experience at Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt
has afforded me the opportunity to compete in the most competitive
environment on and off the field. I have been the beneficiary
of Nashville’s southern hospitality and gained a greater sense
of self via the world of academia. Above all, I have forged
relationships that have and will continue to shape my life.
My journey at Vanderbilt is not quite finished, as there are
still several goals that remain unattained, but the end nears
and still no regrets have surfaced. The only hope I have is
that during my time here I have been able to add something
to this university because it has definitely enriched my life."
Senior Cornerback from Memphis, Tennessee
"You have the best of both worlds at Vanderbilt. I chose
Vanderbilt because of the opportunity to get a great education
and play in the best conference in America. I also choose
to attend Vanderbilt because of the reputation of producing
great defensive players. They have always put defensive players
in the NFL and I wanted to be a part of that because it has
been a dream of mine to play at the next level. I feel extremely
blessed with my time at Vanderbilt and plan to complete my
degree this December. "
Senior Wide Receiver from Cincinnati, Ohio
“It was the challenge that lead me to Vanderbilt. I wanted
a school that would challenge me the most. I could have gone
to many Top 25 football programs, but I did not want a 8-3
season to be disappointment. I wanted a place where I had
to earn my success and be part of a group that did something
special. Accompanied with the university’s strong academic
hold and the variety of activities in and around Nashville,
Vanderbilt’s football program provided me with an opportunity
I could not pass up. I wanted to lead the Commodores to a
success they could have only dreamed of."
Senior Linebacker from Nashville, Tennessee
“Growing up in the shadow of Vanderbilt’s stadium, I have
always been a fan of the Dores and came to all the games as
a kid. When the time came to choose a college, I was torn
between the desire to get a great education and the potential
of playing big-time football. Vanderbilt was one of the few
schools that offered me this unique combination. Having always
been a fan, there was nothing left to my decision. While it
has been a tremendous challenge lining up against some of
the best students in the country Monday through Friday, and
against the best football players in the country on Saturday,
I wouldn’t trade a moment of it for anything. Every week offers
a new challenge in one of the best college football environments
around, and through it all, I am earning my degree from one
the top-tiered schools in the country. “
Junior Running Back from Birmingham,Alabama
“When it was time to finally make a decision about where
I would play college ball and further my education, it basically
all came down to two main things I wanted. One, I chose Vanderbilt
over the other schools that I was considering because I wanted
the best blend of athletics and academics available. Overall,
Vandy just presented the best mix of what I was looking for.
And with Nashville being only about two hours away from my
hometown, Vandy was a perfect fit for the other thing that
was important to me. I didn’t want to go too far away from
home so that my parents and grandparents would be able to
come to all of my games.”
Senior Tight End, Pittsburgh, Penn.
“When I chose Vanderbilt, I knew it was going to be the place
where I would, for the first time, grow and mature away from
family and friends. Initially, the deep academic traditions
and the allure of proving myself amidst the formidable athleticism
of the SEC drew me to Vanderbilt. With each passing year,
however, I increasingly appreciated the privilege of competing,
learning, and living in the city of Nashville as well as making
friends with people from across the country.”
Path to the Pros
|In 2001, Vanderbilt was
the coleader among SEC schools with the most linebackers
active in the NFL (5).
“At Vanderbilt, you get the best of both worlds - a great
academic institution and the opportunity to compete at the
highest levels of college football.”
- Jamie Duncan
Currently, six former Commodore linebackers are on active
NFL rosters -
Duncan - St. Louis Rams
Winborn - San Francisco 49ers
Quarles - Tampa Bay Bucs
Stewart - Atlanta Falcons
Bradford - Tennessee Titans
Morrow - Tennessee Titans
“It was a great character builder, on and off the field.
I definitely was more prepared for the next level after my
time at Vanderbilt.”
- Corey Chavous
In 2001, five former Commodore DBs were on active NFL rosters
Corey Chavous - Minnesota Vikings
Corey Harris - Detroit Lions
Ainsley Battles - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jimmy Williams - San Francisco 49ers
Fred Vinson - Carolina Panthers
Vanderbilt and the...
|“Top to bottom, the SEC
is the strongest league, thanks to the overall athleticism
on each team. Simply put, the SEC has the best collection
of athletes in any league outside the NFL.” The Sporting
For 21 straight seasons, the SEC has led the nation in total
attendance with 5.1 million fans attending SEC games in 2001
Eight SEC schools were ranked in the Top 16 in total attendance
The SEC was the first conference to have a championship game
The SEC was the first conference to have seven postseason
The SEC Championship game in 2001 was the highest rated television
game of the regular season in college football
The 12 teams of the SEC have appeared in 317 postseason bowl
games, the most of any conference in the nation
In 2001, the SEC had 206 players on NFL rosters, which was
tops among college football conferences
In 2001, five SEC players were selected in the first round
of the NFL Draft. In 2002, six SEC players were selected in
the first round of the NFL Draft.
The SEC led the nation in players drafted in 2002 with 47.
Since 1998, 34 SEC players have been chosen in the first round
of NFL Draft.
In the last five seasons, the SEC has had more teams ranked
in the final Associated Press poll than any other conference
in the nation.
CBS Sports provides exclusive national network broadcasts
of SEC football home games throughout the 2008 season.
The SEC distributed about $95.7 million to the league’s 12
institutions in the revenue sharing plans for the 2001-2002
fiscal year. This is the highest total ever distributed in
SEC history and was a 22 percent increase from the 2000-2001
fiscal year. The average amount distributed to each school
was $7.9 million.
SEC vs. SEC games are the most competitve in the nation. In
49 SEC vs. SEC games last season, the average scoring margin
was just 14.51 points per game.
History of the SEC: a Timeline
The 13 members of the Southern Conference west and south of
the Appalachian Mountains reorganize to form the Southeastern
Conference. In 1940, Martin S. Conner, former Mississippi
Governor, is named first SEC commissioner.
The first SEC champions were crowned in four sports (baseball,
men’s basketball, football and men’s outdoor track). The league’s
inaugural championship was a basketball tournament.
Bernie Moore becomes the SEC’s second full-time commissioner
and moves the league offices to Birmingham, Alabama.
A.M. “Tonto” Coleman becomes the SEC’s third commissioner.
Under Coleman, the SEC admits its first black athlete, Kentucky
football player Nat Northington.
As the SEC’s fourth commissioner, Dr. H. Boyd McWhorter makes
a formal agreement to send its football champion to the Sugar
Bowl. Also, under his leadership, the SEC Men’s Basketball
Tournament is reborn in 1979 after being discontinued in 1952.
The Southeastern Conference sponsors its first women’s championships
in basketball, tennis and volleyball.
Dr. Harvey Schiller, as the league’s fifth commissioner, establishes
the SEC as a leader in the areas of athletic scholarship and
Under the league’s sixth and current commissioner, Roy Kramer,
the SEC welcomes the University of Arkansas and the University
of South Carolina as its newest members.
The SEC reaches multi-year extensions with its television
partners - CBS Sports, ESPN and Jefferson-Pilot - to televise
SEC sports through the 2008-2009 academic year.
Vanderbilt and the Media
COMMODORES ON TELEVISION
|Vanderbilt has played
on national television each of the last three seasons.
The Commodores appear regularly regional broadcasts through
Service- Education- Commitment
The SEC honors two student-athletes each year with a $5,000
scholarship for outstanding community service.
The SEC selects a Good Works Team in football, men’s and
women’s basketball, and a men’s and women’s at-large team.
The teams are composed of student-athletes from each school
who have shown a commitment to community service.
The 12-member institutions provide nearly $45 million in
scholarships for more than 4,000 student-athletes each year.
The SEC was the first conference in the nation to assemble
a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Two representatives
from each SEC school are selected to serve on the committee,
which meets twice a year to discuss issues of concern to the
The SEC enjoys a partnership with nine Special Olympics state
organizations in the SEC region. The partnership gives SEC
student-athletes additional rewarding opportunities to help
others in their communities.
Nashville is a Sportstown!
“The 18th Best Sports City in America”
- The Sporting News
The Tennessee Titans’ home stadium sits only three
miles from Vanderbilt, located downtown on the Cumberland
River. The Commodores will host Tennessee in the state-ofthe-
art facility this November.
The Nashville Predators, one of the National Hockey League’s
most exciting and innovative franchises, calls Gaylord Entertainment
Center home. The 19,000-seat venue is 2.5 miles from the Vanderbilt
Nashville hosts NCAA and SEC basketball tournaments at Gaylord
Entertainment Center and the Music City Bowl.
More than just Music City
Largest and most diverse city that serves as home to a Southeastern
State capital, entertainment and financial hub of Tennessee.
Home to the South’s sixth busiest and most convenient
airport. The Nashville International Airport, with nearly
9 million annual passengers travelling on 16 major airlines
to more than 90 destinations in North America, is located
just 15 minutes from the Vanderbilt campus.
Vanderbilt campus is located just five minutes from downtown
Nashville, where the historic riverfront district boasts a
lively nightlife, with restaurants, coffee houses and nightclubs.
Home to nine colleges and universities.
“Hot Jobs, Cool Communities” recipient by Next Generation
According to 2001 Nielsen Media Research, Nashville is “30th
largest metro market in America” and fourth largest in states
housing SEC schools.”
What others are saying about Nashville...
Over 10 million tourists visited Nashville last year.
Three interstate highways - 65, 40 and 24 - converge
in Nashville, allowing easy automobile access from all
A leader in the South in the way of music, entertainment,
dining, recreation and history.
“Nashville is the friendliest city in the United States”
- NBC's Dateline based on Fresno State study
“One of the 25 Cities Likely to have highest job growth”
- Fortune Magazine
“One of the 30 Best Cities for Young People”
- Reality Times.com
Nashville’s newest concert venue, Ingram Performing
Arts Center, is located on the Vanderbilt campus.
The city is home to several museums, including the recently
opened Frist Center for the Visual Arts, and an active
arts community, including nationally recognized theatre
and orchestra ensembles.
From the dance clubs and free Dancing in the District concerts
downtown to performances in small locations next to the Vanderbilt
campus, Nashville has an unmatched array of entertainment
choices for a city of its size.
Music City is much more than the Grand Ole Opry. Venues ranging
from spacious, such as AmSouth Amphitheater and Gaylord Entertainment
Center, to quaint spots like Exit Inn and Belcourt Theatre
near the campus, boast a collection of blues, jazz, alternative,
rock and bluegrass unrivaled by a city of its size in America.