Vanderbilt University


Cornelius Vanderbilt had a vision of a place that would "contribute to strengthening the ties that should exist between all sections of our common country" when he gave $1 million to create a university in 1873. Today, that vision has been realized in Vanderbilt, an internationally recognized research university in Nashville, Tenn., with strong partnerships among its 10 schools, neighboring institutions and the community.

Consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 20 universities, Vanderbilt offers undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, music, education and human development, as well as a full range of graduate and professional degrees. The combination of cutting edge research, liberal arts, nationally recognized schools of business and divinity and a distinguished medical center creates an invigorating atmosphere where students tailor their education to meet their goals and researchers collaborate to solve complex questions affecting our health, culture and society.

  • Vanderbilt Views

    See the many views from Vanderbilt

  • Post transplant baby a miracle

    Traditionally, women who have undergone transplants are not encouraged to have children because of the associated risks to the mother and baby during the pregnancy. But Heidi Schaefer, M.D., a Vanderbilt nephrologist, said it is time to rethink the possibility of childbirth after transplant.

  • New website showcases discovery

    The latest news about discoveries by Vanderbilt researchers is now available on a new online news channel, Research News @ Vanderbilt.

  • Popular course mobilizes students

    In recent weeks, things have changed for the better in the Edgehill community, a neighborhood located a few blocks from the Vanderbilt campus. Healthy food is now more readily available to Edgehill’s low-income residents, thanks to an innovative “mobile grocery store” developed by second-year medical student Ravi Patel and initially inspired by his experience in an undergraduate Human and Organizational Development class.

  • Quick Facts About Vanderbilt

    An independent, privately supported university, Vanderbilt is the largest private employer in Middle Tennessee and the second largest private employer based in the state.

  • Explore Nashville

    Vanderbilt’s hometown of Nashville is a vibrant, engaging city known proudly as "Music City, U.S.A." Located a little more than a mile from downtown, the university’s students, faculty, staff and visitors frequently cite Nashville as one of the perks of Vanderbilt. 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.

  • Recovery Act at Work at Vanderbilt

    Research at Vanderbilt University has been given a big boost in 2009 and 2010, thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Signed into law by President Obama on Feb. 17, 2009, the so-called Recovery Act committed $787 billion in federal funds to help stimulate the national economy. Over $20 billion was provided for “the support and advancement of scientific research.” As of March 31, 2010, scientists at Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center had received 211 Recovery Act grants totaling over $99.6 million from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Health Resources and Services Administration and Federal Work Study to support new and existing projects, buy major equipment and hire additional personnel. The goal is to accelerate the pace and achievement of research that will profoundly impact the lives and health of Americans and people around the world.

  • The Peabody Difference

    We study people— how they learn and how they lead. Our work spans the broadest aspects of education and human development. Our results effect change in policy, institutions, and people’s lives.