Athletic Achievements and the SEC (from 2001-2002)

  • Women's Basketball SEC Tournament Champion and NCAA Elite Eight Appearance
  • Women's Golf Competed in NCAA Championship for the first time in program history
  • Women's Tennis 2002 NCAA Sweet 16
  • Men's Basketball Reached the Second Round of the NIT
  • Men's Tennis Reached the NCAA Second Round
  • Lacrosse NCAA Tournament berth and Inaugural American Lacrosse Conference champion
  • Men's Golf Brandt Snedeker named All-America and competed in NCAA Championship
  • Women's Track & Field Kylene Kownurko won the SEC steeplechase championhip
  • Baseball Earned Top 30 national ranking during the season

SEC (From 2001-2002)

  • National Champions from the SEC in the following sports:
    Women's Gymnastics
    Men's Indoor Track & Field
    Women's Indoor Track & Field
    Men's Outdoor Track & Field
    Women's Outdoor Track & Field
    Women's Swimming & Diving

2001-2002 Conference Vs. Conference Athletics' Success Survey


Rank Conference Points
1. Southeastern 501 (10th time in 11 years)
2. Big 12 372.5
3. Pacific-10 304
4. Big Ten 235
5. Atlantic Coast 225
Rank Conference Points
1. Pacific-10 562.5
2. Southeastern 449
3. Big 12 349.5
4. Atlantic Coast 242
5. Big Ten 190.5



  • 323 acres
  • Peabody campus named a registered National Historic Landmark in 1966
  • Vanderbilt University & Medical Center is the largest private employer in Nashville with approximately 14,500 employees

Faculty and Staff (2001-2002)

  • 1,944 full-time faculty
  • 329 part-time faculty
  • 1,227 clinical faculty
  • 13,154 staff


  • Blair School of Music
  • College of Arts and Science
  • Divinity School
  • Graduate School
  • Law School
  • Owen Graduate School of Management
  • Peabody College
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing

Students (2001-2002 Enrollment)

  • Undergraduate: 6,235
  • Graduate and professional: 4,261
  • TOTAL: 10,496
  • Men: 5,102 (49%)
  • Women: 5,394 (51%)

Regional Breakdown

  • South: 46.6%
  • Midwest: 15.3%
  • Middle States: 9.8%
  • Southwest: 9.0%
  • International: 8.2%
  • West: 7.2%
  • New England: 3.3%
  • Unspecified: 0.5%
  • U.S. Territories: 0.1%
  • Out-of-state students: 84%
  • Students who live in campus housing: 84%
  • Students who live off campus: 16%
  • Average age of full-time students: 19
  • Average age of all undergraduates (full and part time): 20
  • Percentage of undergraduates receiving some sort of financial aid (2000-2001): 57%
  • Freshman retention rate: 92%
  • Four-year graduation rate: 77%
  • Five-year graduation rate: 84%
  • Undergraduate student to faculty ratio: 8:1

Class size

  • Fewer than 20 students: 69% (14th in the nation)
  • 20-50 students: 26%
  • More than 50 students: 5%

329 registered student organizations

  • Sororities: 14
  • Fraternities: 19

Vanderbilt's 323-acre campus has National Arboretum status

Vanderbilt was founded in 1873 with a gift of $1 million from Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt

Founded in 1879, the School of Engineering is the largest and oldest private engineering school in the South.

The 3-mile perimeter of campus is known as the "The Loop"

The Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center was named for the first African-American student admitted to Vanderbilt


"Vanderbilt University holds some surprises for those who've never set foot on campus. Located just off one of Nashville's busiest thoroughfares, the campus is pristine...Vanderbilt itself blends tradition with the concerns of today's world in an educational package that's one of the finest in the south...four stars."
- The Fiske Report

Vanderbilt is ranked 21st among all national universities
- U.S. News and World Report

American Association of Medical Colleges nationwide survey of medical school graduates (1988) 1st - School of Medicine The School of Medicine boasts two Nobel Laureates

U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges Rankings 12th

  • Biomedical Engineering Specialty 16th
  • Research-oriented Medical Schools 5th
  • Graduate Schools of Education (Peabody College) 26th
  • Graduate Business Schools (Owen Graduate School of Management) 17th
  • Law Schools 27th
  • Graduate Schools of Nursing

The National Jurist (survey of law students) 4th Law School

Ruggs Recommendations on Colleges (high school guidance counselors) - #1 Peabody College

Wall Street Journal rankings of Business Schools in the World 16th - Owen Graduate School of Business

National Research Council survey of graduate programs Pharmacology Ph.D. program

  • 6th - Faculty quality
  • 3rd - Program effectiveness

Religion Ph.D. program

  • 7th - Faculty quality
  • 8th - Program effectiveness

Business Week

  • 22nd -- Graduate Business Schools -- Owen Graduate School of Management
  • 17th -- Executive MBA program -- Owen Graduate School of Management

Financial Times

  • 24th -- Graduate Business Schools -- Owen Graduate School of Management

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

  • Two Nobel Laureates have been faculty members
  • Consistently ranks in the top 25 in receipt of competitive funding from the National Institutes of Health
  • Pharmacology, biochemistry, molecular physiology and biophysics and cell biology departments rank in the top 10 in the nation in terms of competitive NIH funding
  • The Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center is a comprehensive cancer center as designated by the National Cancer Institute -- one of 39 such centers in the United States and the only one of its kind in Tennessee

Internet access available for all students? YES

E-mail accounts available for all students? YES

Everyone who lives on campus has their own ResNet data port to connect to the Internet.

The connection on campus is at least 100 times faster than any traditional modem connection. It will not tie up your phone line and you will never experience a busy signal.

"Vanderbilt is one of the hottest schools in America."
- MSNBC.com

At Vanderbilt University, student-athletes receive the best of both worlds-they compete in one of the finest athletic conferences in the nation and in the classrooms of one of the most prestigious colleges in America.

Stratton Foster Academic Center
The Stratton Foster Academic Center serves as the headquarters for the Vanderbilt academic support system. The Center is responsible for overseeing the education development and the progress towards graduation for all student-athletes. Vanderbilt consistently has the highest graduation percentage in the SEC.

NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships
There are several post-graduate scholarships and internships available from the NCAA, which several Vanderbilt student-athletes have received in the past.

Verizon Academic All-America®
Vanderbilt boasts 44 Verizon Academic All-American® selections and two Verizon Academic All-Americans® of the Year. In 2002, women's basketball's Zuzi Klimesova received the honor for the second consecutive year. Commodore alumnus John Hall, pictured with broadcaster Dick Enberg, was inducted into the organization's Hall of Fame in 2001.

Endowed Scholarships
Vanderbilt is fortunate to have a number of loyal and generous supporters who have endowed 29 athletic scholarships, including one funded by employees of the Vanderbilt Athletic Department. They are annually awarded to student-athletes named by the Vanderbilt Director of Athletics and coaches.

Community Involvement
Vanderbilt student-athletes have volunteered countless hours to the Vanderbilt campus and the Nashville community. Some organizations benefiting from Vanderbilt's volunteers are: Adopt-A-School Program, Ronald McDonald House, D.A.R.E., Big Brothers and Big Sisters and Special Olympics. Student-Athlete Advisory Board

The Student-Athlete Advisory Board
(SAAB) consists of one representative from every varsity team. The board meets monthly to communicate with the administration on issues affecting all student-athletes.

Academic Support Program
The Academic Support Program assists student-athletes in reaching their full potential both in and out of the classroom. Some of the components include the availability of a professional tutoring staff, constant monitoring of the student-athlete's progress, and development of a balanced individual time schedule that incorporates the student-athlete's commitments in the classroom, on the field, and within his or her social realm.

Tolbert Cup
The Tolbert Cup is awarded to the Vanderbilt team that excels in community service, academic excellence, team winning percentage, and individual accolades. It is named in honor of Ryan Tolbert, Vanderbilt's first NCAA National Champion (400m Hurdles).

Career Playbook
The Career Playbook is a compilation of each graduating senior's resume that is mailed to over 100 leading businesses. The resumes are extensive and include a letter of reference from Director of Athletics Todd Turner and local business leaders that have interacted with the student-athletes.

Career Development
The Vanderbilt athletic department works with the campus Career Center in a cooperative effort to prepare students for rewarding careers and productive lifestyles after their time at Vanderbilt. Among the programs offered are: Career Testing, Campus Interviews, Career Exploration & Counseling, Job Search Skills, Internships/Summer Job Programs, and Job Placement.

Student-Athlete Employment Program
Vanderbilt has established a year-round Student-Athlete Employment Program that serves as a means to provide financial resources in the form of employment opportunities for eligible student-athletes. This also gives them some 'real-world' experiences as well as career exploration.

The Vanderbilt student-athletes receive support from more than 40 staff members, tutors and counselors.

average: B=3.0
3.1 - student body
2.9 - student-athletes

80 - VU's SEC-leading graduation percentage of all student-athletes based on the numbers compiled by the NCAA

53 - The percentage of student-athletes who recorded a 3.0 GPA or higher last year

163 - Number of student-athletes who earned a 3.0 GPA or higher last year

2.92 - Current average GPA of all Vanderbilt student-athletes

90 - Student-athletes who made the Dean's List last year

1 - Ranking for Vanderbilt in the SEC for overall graduation percentage of all student-athletes, based on the numbers compiled by the NCAA

SEC 2000 Graduation Rate of School Student-Athletes
Vanderbilt 80%
South Carolina 62%
Alabama 62%
Auburn 61%
Georgia 58%
Ole Miss 58%
Kentucky 54%
Mississippi State 54%
Florida 52%
Tennessee 50%
LSU 45%
Arkansas 39%

"Students at Vanderbilt claim the best of both worlds: top notch academics (evidenced by the fact that nearly half of the school's graduates proceed to graduate school) and a friendly, laid-back atmosphere."
- The Princeton Review

Strength and Conditioning
The goal of the Vanderbilt Strength and Conditioning staff is to help individuals improve their athletic performance and minimize the potential for injury. They create workouts not only specific to the sport but to the individual athletes as well. The staff also creates year-long workout programs tailored around a student-athlete's class schedule. This allows for a great deal of one-on-one supervision.

Sports Medicine
Thanks to a joint venture between the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Vanderbilt athletic department, every Commodore athlete receives first-rate treatment in the McGugin Center athletic complex. The newly designed 4,300-square foot facility houses a rehabilitation pool, a staff of 20 trainers & doctors, and separate areas for taping & treatment/rehabilitation.

Hendrix Room
Majid (Magic) Noori might be the most publicized chef in all of athletics, and is definitely tops when the subject is collegiate training tables. He has been recognized nationally by ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated for Women, and CBS This Morning. Sports Illustrated recognized his Hendrix Room athletic dining facility as the nation's best twice in the last 10 years.

CHAMPS/Life Skills
The CHAMPS/Life Skills Program (Challenging Athletes Minds for Personal Success) represents the comprehensive commitment by Vanderbilt's athletic department to foster the total growth and development of the student-athletes. The program includes a number of projects and workshops that aid student-athletes in day-to-day living situations, handling stress, preparing for post-college life, and several community service projects such as the Vanderbilt Kids Zone.


Forbes Magazine listed Nashville among the Top 40 cities for singles * nightlife * culture * job growth

One of the 15 Best Sports Cities in America
- Sporting News, 2000

One of the 30 "Best Cities for Young People"
- Realty Times.com, 1999

One of the Top 5 "Most Efficient Cities in the U.S."
- Reason Public Policy Institute, 2001

One of the 15 Best U.S. Cities for work and Family
- Forbes Magazine

One of the 25 cities that are likely to have the country's highest job growth rate over the coming five years
- Forbes Magazine

Ranked 3rd among the "Top 100 Most Logistics Friendly Cities"
- Expansion Management Magazine, 2001

Listed as one of the top 15 cities with "Hot Jobs & Cool Communities"
- Next Generation Consulting, 2001

One of the "Top 25 Most Wired Cities in the United States"
- Nielson/NetRatings, 2001

One of the "Top 30 Hottest Spots for Jobs"
- Graduating Engineer & Computer Careers, 2001

Major Nashville Headquarters & Facilities

  • Aladdin Industries (HQ)
  • BellSouth
  • Bridgestone/Firestone USA (HQ)
  • Caterpillar Finacial (HQ)
  • Cracker Barrel (HQ)
  • Dell Computer Corporation
  • Dollar General (HQ)
  • Gaylord Entertainment Company (HQ)
  • HCA (HQ)
  • Ingram Industries
  • Lifeway Christian Resources
  • Nissan Motor Manufacturing USA
  • Saturn Corporation

The Nashville International Airport is home to 17 airlines that service 86 markets

Nashville consistently ranks among the lowest for cost-of-living in comparable cities across the nation

Overall cost of living is 93.7 percent of the national average

50 percent of the U.S. population is within a 650-mile radius by way of three major U.S. interstates

The Southeastern Conference's Showcase City

Frist Center for the Visual Arts
The Frist Center is Nashville's latest addition to the fine arts scene. The 125,000-square foot facility was made possible by a $50 million public-private partnership to enrich Nashville's ever-growing need for the fine arts. The Frist Center serves as a "window to the world" by presenting a wide range of visual arts exhibitions. Previous art exhibits have included the works of Claude Monet, Winslow Homer, Georgia O'Keffe, Pablo Picasso and Vanderbilt Professor Michael Aurbach.

Gaylord Entertainment Center
The NHL's Nashville Predators call the GEC home. The GEC, with a capacity of 20,000, is a former and future site of the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournament, including the first and second rounds of the 2003 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. The GEC is only a few blocks away from the bustling 2nd Avenue District and one mile from campus. In addition to sporting events it is also a very popular site for concerts from artists such as the Backstreet Boys, Janet Jackson and Tom Petty.

Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC)
TPAC puts on over 500 concerts including, Broadway musicals, and special events throughout the year that consistently sell out. TPAC is one of Nashville's largest live theater venues. TPAC hosts a wide range of shows every year, including: musicals Phantom of the Opera, RENT, Riverdance, and CATS; performances from the Nashville Ballet, Nashville Symphony, Jerry Seinfeld and Robin Williams; and concerts by world famous performers.

Adelphia Coliseum/Tennessee Titans
Adelphia Coliseum is home to the NFL's Tennessee Titans. The Titans franchise has captured two AFC Central titles since moving to Nashville and played in Super Bowl XXXIV in just their second season in the Music City. Adelphia Coliseum also is home to the Music City Bowl and major concerts. The Vanderbilt football team also has called Adelphia home with the 2000 and 2002 Vanderbilt-Tennessee football games being played there.

AmSouth Amphitheater
AmSouth Amphitheater is a very popular spot especially during summers for its outdoor atmosphere and concert lineups. It can seat about 12,000. Acts such as Britney Spears, Dave Matthews, Kid Rock, Counting Crows, James Taylor and Aerosmith have graced its stage.

Second Avenue
Buffalo Billiards, Havana Lounge, Big River Grill and Brew Works, Mulligan's Irish Pub and Restaurant, Hard Rock Cafe, Hooters, Wildhorse Saloon, Banana Joe's Dance Club, Graham Central Station, and many others.

From 2000 Census Population:
569,891 Growth: +11.6% since 1990

Nashville Average Temps
Spring 70/47
Summer 88/67
Fall 71/49
Winter 49/29
Year 70/48




Vanderbilt Athletic Department
2601 Jess Neely Drive
Nashville, TN 37212
615-322-GOLD (4653)