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Why Vanderbilt?


Founded in 1873 with a $1 million gift from “Commodore” Cornelius Vanderbilt to establish an institution that would “contribute to strengthening the ties that should exist between all sections of our common country,” Vanderbilt today is a globally renowned research university. Its ten schools reside on a parklike campus set in the urban heart of Nashville, Tennessee, providing a collaborative atmosphere of discovery that drives positive change in the world.


All rankings from most recent U.S. News & World Report listing unless otherwise stated

Vanderbilt University

  • #14 – National Universities
  • #7 – Best Value Schools
  • #10 – World’s Most Innovative Universities (Reuters, 2018)
  • #1 – Great Financial Aid (Princeton Review, 2019)
  • #3 – Best Quality of Life, Happiest Students (Princeton Review, 2019)

Law School

  • #18 – Best Law Schools

Owen Graduate School of Management

  • #21 (Bloomberg, 2018)
  • #29 – Best Graduate Business Schools
  • #2 – Best Professors (Princeton Review, 2019)

Peabody College of education and human development

  • #6 – Best Graduate Schools of Education
  • #1 – Educational Administration & Supervision
  • #1 – Special Education

School of Medicine

  • #10 – Internal Medicine
  • #16 – Research

School of Nursing

  • #8 – Master’s Programs

Our City: Nashville

Vanderbilt is located in the heart of Nashville, home to a diverse population of 1.6 million and marked by its unique blend of cosmopolitan flair and small town appeal. Nashville is an important political, cultural and commercial hub in the South, and is often referred to as Music City because of its rich musical history and wide array of live performances in every conceivable genre.

From serving as home to the nation’s largest Kurdish population to being named America’s friendliest city for three years in a row, Nashville is a metropolitan place that proudly exudes all of the charm and hospitality one expects from a Southern capital.

From the Media

“Nashville’s Latest Big Hit Could Be The City Itself”

“Whatever the exact ingredients, Nashville hit on a winning recipe.”

New York Times

From the Students

“It’s the perfect place to study as a graduate student. Small enough to not get too distracted, but big enough that there’s something out there for everyone.”

—Peabody graduate student

“I am a firm believer in the power of diversity, and that is an essential characteristic of Nashville.”

—Owen graduate student