Vanderbilt University

2201 West End Ave, Nashville, United States


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About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University is a private research university based in Nashville, Tennessee. It is named in honor of Cornelius Vanderbilt who gave the school its initial funding of $1 million. Founded in 1873, Vanderbilt University sits on a 330-acre land situated in the heart of Nashville, approximately 1.5 miles from downtown.


The university's vibrant urban surrounding nestle the campus which is considered a national arboretum with more than 300 unique species of trees and shrubs. Vanderbilt University is a founding member of the Southeastern Conference and has been the only private school in the Conference for a half-century.


Vandy (as also referred to informally), has produced distinguished alumni including three Nobel Prize laureates, 12 governors, 21 current and former members of the United States Congress, seven billionaires, Emmy Award winners, Pulitzer Prize winners, Rhodes Scholars, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, heads of state and other notable leaders in foreign government, Olympians, and professional athletes.


Vanderbilt University's DNA databank, BioVU, is one of the biggest of its type in the world, and operates more than 200 ongoing projects and holds over 225,000 samples. Vanderbilt is also home to the Institute for Space and Defence Electronics, the largest of its kind in the world. The institute offers integral support to some of the biggest agencies, companies, and governmental units including NASA, Boeing, and the United States Department of Defence.

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