42 Facts About Vanderbilt University


Vanderbilt University is a private research university in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Vanderbilt University enrolls approximately 13, 800 students from the US and over 100 foreign countries.

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Vanderbilt University is ranked among the top universities in the United States and is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity".

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Vanderbilt University is a founding member of the Southeastern Conference and has been the conference's only private school since 1966.

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Vanderbilt University has more than 145, 000 alumni, with 40 alumni clubs established worldwide.

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Endowment was eventually increased to $1 million and though Vanderbilt never expressed any desire that the university be named after him, McTyeire and his fellow trustees rechristened the school in his honor.

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Frank Vanderbilt University was "a Confederate sympathizer" during the Civil War.

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Vanderbilt University's son-in-law, Robert A Young, was a Methodist minister who served as the Financial Secretary on the Board of Trust from 1874 to 1882, retiring from the board in 1902.

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Vanderbilt University is the namesake of the annual Cole Lecture; his marble bust and his wife's portrait can be seen in Kirkland Hall.

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Shortly after the war, from 1945 to 1947, researchers at Vanderbilt University conducted an experiment funded by the Rockefeller Foundation where they gave 800 pregnant women radioactive iron without their consent.

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Vanderbilt University was named a Distinguished Alumnus for his achievements.

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In 1964, Vanderbilt held its first IMPACT Symposium, which has since become a university tradition of hosting speakers in a multi-day annual symposium to discuss current events and topics of a controversial nature.

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In March 1978, Vanderbilt University hosted the South African tennis team in Memorial Gymnasium for the Davis Cup.

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In 1979, Vanderbilt acquired Peabody College, then called the "George Peabody College for Teachers", residing on 53 acres adjacent to the university.

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Vanderbilt University was co-founded by Thomas W Beasley, a Vanderbilt Law School alumnus who was honored with a Distinguished Alumnus Award.

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Since then Vanderbilt University has been constructing new buildings and renovating existing structures to support the college system.

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In 2012, Vanderbilt University built Elliston Hall in honor of Elizabeth Boddie Elliston of the Burlington Plantation.

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In 2015, Vanderbilt University opened a new innovation center, the Wond'ry, as part of its Academic Strategic Plan.

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Vanderbilt University lets undergraduates choose among 70 majors, or create their own, in its four undergraduate schools and colleges: the College of Arts and Science, the School of Engineering, Peabody College of Education and Human Development, and Blair School of Music.

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In 2015, Vanderbilt University was ranked fifth overall and fourth among private universities in enrollment of National Merit Scholars.

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In 2013, Vanderbilt University was ranked ninth in the country in funding from the National Institutes of Health.

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In 2010, the Center for Intelligent Mechatronics at Vanderbilt University began testing a powered exoskeleton intended to assist paraplegics, stroke victims and other paralyzed or semi-paralyzed people to walk independently.

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The Vanderbilt University exoskeleton received funding from Parker Hannifin Corporation in 2012 and has since gone to market internationally.

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Vanderbilt University is a discovering institution of Tennessine, atomic number 117 on the periodic table of elements with the symbol Ts, collaborating with the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Moscow Oblast, Russia and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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In 2020, Money's "Best Colleges in America, Ranked by Value" rankings listed Vanderbilt as being the eighth-best value university in the nation.

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In 2016, Vanderbilt University was ranked the third most intense college in the nation by Business Insider.

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Oldest part of the Vanderbilt University campus is known for its abundance of trees and green space, which stand in contrast to the surrounding cityscape of urban Nashville.

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Vanderbilt University was responsible for severing the university's ties with the Methodist Church and relocating the medical school to the main campus.

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Vanderbilt University's Main Building was renamed Kirkland Hall after Kirkland left in 1937.

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Vanderbilt University was responsible for opening the admissions policy to all races.

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Vanderbilt University survived calls for his ouster because of his accommodating stance on desegregation.

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Vanderbilt University was named chancellor suo jure on March 1, 2008, by the university's Board of Trust.

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Until April 2016 Vanderbilt University Medical Center was a component of the university, but is an independent organization.

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One publication, The Vanderbilt University Hustler, was established in 1888 and is the oldest continuously published newspaper in Nashville.

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Vanderbilt University has a large performing arts community spanning every genre of the arts with multiple organizations representing each category.

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Vanderbilt University is a founding and charter member of the Southeastern Conference and for a half-century has been the conference's only private school.

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In bowling, a sport which the NCAA sanctions only for women, Vanderbilt University is a member of the single-sport Southland Bowling League.

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Conversely, Vanderbilt University is the only SEC school not to field teams in softball and volleyball, but has discussed adding either or both sports in the future.

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Vanderbilt University is unique in NCAA Division I in that for several years the athletics department was not administered separately from other aspects of campus life; Vice Chancellor David Williams, who was over intercollegiate athletics, was university counsel and in charge of other aspects of undergraduate campus life such as intramural sports.

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Vanderbilt University was ranked first in most polls for a large portion of the 2007 season, and the team secured the top seed in the 2007 NCAA tournament.

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Journalists who have attended Vanderbilt University include Pulitzer Prize winners Ralph McGill and Wendell Rawls Jr.

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Olympians who attended Vanderbilt University include Jeff Turner, member of the gold medal-winning 1984 United States men's Olympic basketball team, gold medalist Shannon Vreeland in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and rower Peter Sharis in the men's coxless pair event at the 1992 Summer Olympics.

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