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Life at Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University is located within three miles of downtown Nashville, Tennessee.

The 330 acre campus offers the best of an urban location in a park-like setting. The University was founded in 1873 by Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, a New York shipping magnate. Vanderbilt is an independent, privately-funded institution with ten separate schools: The College of Arts and Science, the Graduate School, Schools of Engineering, Divinity, Law, Medicine, Nursing, the Owen Graduate School of Management, George Peabody College, and the Blair School of Music.

The extensive range of curricula attracts a diverse group of students and faculty from all over the U.S. and from more than 90 other countries. There are more than 10,000 students and more than 2,000 full-time faculty members. Approximately 1,000 of these are international students, and the University sponsors more than 500 international scholars per year. Vanderbilt’s international community continues to grow at a healthy pace, exceeding national trends in international educational exchange.

Academic courses are typically taught through combinations of lectures and discussion, depending on the size of the class. It is very important to attend the first day of classes as class requirements, procedures, and books needed for the course will be discussed. Regular class attendance is recommended because classroom discussions and lectures often cover material not included in the readings. Grades may be based on examinations, lectures, classroom discussions, written work, and classroom participation.

All academic work at Vanderbilt is conducted under the Honor System, instituted in 1875. All work submitted by a student is presumed to be the product of that student unless credit is given to another source. Cheating, plagiarizing, or otherwise falsifying results of study is prohibited. The Honor System applies to all academic work, including examinations, papers, reports, and solutions to problems. Any student who violates the Honor System is subject to a hearing before the Honor Council. Students found guilty may receive penalties ranging from failure in the course to expulsion from Vanderbilt.

Student Recreation Center

The Student Recreation Center is a place to work out, learn about wellness, or relax.

Vanderbilt Athletics

Vanderbilt Commodores

Vanderbilt Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students is housed in the Sarratt Center in the center of main campus.  This office coordinates student activities and programs, athletics and recreation, health and wellness, student development, and new student and family programs.  Check out the webpage to get more information about events, activities, and organizations on campus.

Vanderbilt Human Resources


Human Resources departments are available for scholars who are Vanderbilt employees receiving benefits.