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Wonder Endlessly

“Nashville provides students with all the amenities offered in a normal city, but with a comfortable and laid back atmosphere.”

~ Kendall Peck ‘12

For centuries, Nashville has drawn people from all walks of life with its generous hospitality and endless diversity. It’s true that this city has never been short of musicians and songwriters, but of the more than two hundred places to see a live show in town, less than one-third play strictly country.

A grand symphony hall shares a downtown street with the Country Music Hall of Fame. Art galleries showcase exhibitions from Cairo, Paris, and beyond. NFL and NHL teams play within the shadow of downtown skyscrapers. And while Nashville has never been a city to shy away from the spotlight, it is filled with quiet getaways and spectacular natural beauty.

As an educational, publishing, and health care hub and a major relocation destination for national and international companies, Nashville’s easygoing atmosphere has made it easy for people throughout history to find a place to call home.

"I really like Nashville, it’s slow-paced but not too slow. I’m from up north, I’m a city girl. Being here in Nashville, I feel that it’s more relaxed. I just really love the atmosphere."

–Sam Lacey, ’11 Chicago, IL

Relocate America, 2010
“Top 100 Places to Live in America”

US News Travel, 2010
“Best Affordable U.S. Destinations”

Black Enterprise, 2009
“Best Cities for African Americans”

Travel+Leisure, 2009
“America’s Friendliest City”

MSN Travel, 2009
“America’s Coolest Cities”

Forbes, 2009
“Best Places for Business and Careers”


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