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Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship Essay 2015 Form

The Vanderbilt University is offering Merit Scholarships for prospective freshmen students. The scholarships are open to both US and international students.

The Vanderbilt University is a private research university founded in 1873 and located in Nashville, Tennessee. It was named in honour of shipping and rail magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt, who provided the school with its initial $1 million endowments despite having never been to the South.

Applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English are required to submit official scores of one of the following English language proficiency tests: TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic.

Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing the undergraduate programme.

Study Subject: Scholarships are awarded to study the subjects offered by the university.

Scholarship Award:

Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship: Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholars receive full tuition, plus a one-time summer stipend for study abroad, a research or service project, and/or an immersive experience following the sophomore or junior year. Vanderbilt will provide additional need-based financial aid to those Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship recipients whose demonstrated need exceeds the amount of full-tuition. Scholarships are renewed each year as long as the recipient maintains at least a 3.0 GPA. Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholars have the opportunity to participate in a series of programs designed especially for highly talented students.

Ingram Scholarship Program: Ingram Scholars receive full-tuition support each year plus stipends for special summer service projects. Vanderbilt will provide additional need-based financial aid to those Ingram Scholarship recipients whose demonstrated financial need exceeds the amount of full tuition.

Chancellor’s Scholars: Chancellor’s Scholars receive full tuition, plus a one-time summer stipend for study abroad, a research or service project, and/or an immersive experience following the sophomore or junior year. Vanderbilt will provide additional need-based financial aid to those Chancellor’s Scholarship recipients whose demonstrated financial need exceeds the amount of full tuition. Scholarships are renewed each year as long as the recipient maintains at least a 3.0 GPA.

Scholarship can be taken in the USA

Eligibility: The application for the Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship is required; you must apply to be considered. For the Ingram Scholarship Program and Chancellor’s Scholarship, the application is strongly encouraged; preference is given to those who apply. Students who wish to be considered for additional merit scholarships are encouraged to complete the Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship application.

Nationality: The US and international students are eligible for merit scholarships.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must have previous degree.

English Language Requirement: Applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English are required to submit official scores of one of the following English language proficiency tests: TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic. Vanderbilt’s recommended minimum scores are a 100 on the internet-based TOEFL, a 230 on the computer-based TOEFL, a 7.0 on the IELTS, and a 70 on the PTE Academic. The English language proficiency test requirement will be waived if a student has scored above a 600 on the Old SAT Critical Reading (administered prior to March 2016), above a 33 on the New SAT Reading Test (administered March 2016 and later), or above a 26 on the ACT English section.

How to Apply: To be considered for merit scholarships, students must first apply for admission separately by submitting the Common Application, Coalition Application, QuestBridge Application, or the Universal College Application to Vanderbilt. Within two business days of submitting your application for admission to Vanderbilt, you will receive an email from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions explaining how to create your online MyAppVU account. Under the Scholarship Application option in MyAppVU, you will be able to select the signature scholarship(s) to which you wish to apply. Through your MyAppVU portal, you will upload your responses for the scholarship applications as a PDF document and submit online. Once you submit your scholarship application online, you will receive the immediate confirmation indicating the date of submission.

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Application Deadline: Applications for all scholarships must be submitted by December 1, 2017, for prospective freshmen students.

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For other uses, see Vanderbilt (disambiguation).

Vanderbilt University (informally Vandy) is a privateresearch university in Nashville, Tennessee. Founded in 1873, it was named in honor of shipping and rail magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt, who provided the school its initial $1 million endowment despite having never been to the South. Vanderbilt hoped that his gift and the greater work of the university would help to heal the sectional wounds inflicted by the Civil War.[6]

Vanderbilt enrolls approximately 12,600 students from all 50 U.S. states and over 100 foreign countries in four undergraduate and six graduate and professional schools. The university is in the process of converting its residence halls into an academic residential college system.[7][8] Several research centers and institutes are affiliated with the university, including the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies, Freedom ForumFirst Amendment Center, and Dyer Observatory. Vanderbilt University Medical Center, formerly part of the university became a separate institution in 2016. With the exception of the off-campus observatory and the Institute, all of the university's facilities are situated on its 330-acre (1.3 km2) campus in the heart of Nashville, 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from downtown. Despite its urban surroundings, the campus itself is a national arboretum and features over 300 different species of trees and shrubs.

The Fugitives and Southern Agrarians were based at the university in the first half of the 20th century and helped revive Southern literature among others.[9][10] The Jean and Alexander Heard Library, the campus library system, contains over 6.2 million items across nine libraries and stands as one of the nation's top research libraries.[11]Vanderbilt Television News Archive holds the most extensive collection of television news coverage in the world, with over 40,000 hours of content.[12] BioVU, Vanderbilt's DNA databank, is one of the largest of its kind in the world, running over 200 ongoing projects and holding over 225,000 samples.[13] Additionally, Vanderbilt's Institute for Space and Defense Electronics, the largest of its type in the world, provides integral support to several companies, agencies, and governmental units, including Boeing, NASA, and the United States Department of Defense.[14]

Vanderbilt has many distinguished alumni, including 21 current and former members of the United States Congress, 12 governors, seven billionaires, three Nobel Prize laureates, two Vice Presidents of the United States, and a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Other notable alumni include Rhodes Scholars, Pulitzer Prize winners, Emmy Award winners, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, heads of state and other leaders in foreign government, academics, musicians, professional athletes, and Olympians.[15][16][17][18] Vanderbilt has more than 139,000 alumni, with 40 alumni clubs established worldwide.[19]

Vanderbilt is a founding member of the Southeastern Conference and has been the conference's only private school for a half-century.[20]


Founding and early years[edit]

In the years prior to the American Civil War of 1861–1865, the Methodist Episcopal Church South had been considering the creation of a regional university for the training of ministers in a location central to its congregations.[21] Following lobbying by Nashville bishop Holland Nimmons McTyeire, the author of an essay about black slavery whose father was "a cotton planter and a slaveholder" in South Carolina,[22] church leaders voted to found "The Central University of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South" in Nashville in 1872.[21][23] However, lack of funds and the ravaged state of the Reconstruction Era South delayed the opening of the college.[21]

The following year, McTyeire stayed at the New York City residence of Cornelius Vanderbilt, whose second wife was Frank Armstrong Crawford Vanderbilt (1839–1885), a cousin of McTyeire's wife, Amelia Townsend McTyeire (1827–1891); both women were from Mobile, Alabama.[24][25][26] The McTyeires had met at St. Francis Street Methodist Church in Mobile.[24] Cornelius Vanderbilt, who was the wealthiest man in the United States at the time, was considering philanthropy as he was at an advanced age. He had been planning to establish a university on Staten Island, New York, in honor of his mother.[21] However, McTyeire convinced him to donate $500,000 to endow Central University in order to "contribute to strengthening the ties which should exist between all sections of our common country."[21][27]

The endowment was eventually increased to $1 million (roughly $19,973,867 in 2015 dollars[28]) and would be only one of two philanthropic causes financially supported by Vanderbilt. Though he never expressed any desire that the university be named after himself,[21] McTyeire and his fellow trustees rechristened the school in his honor. Vanderbilt died in 1877 without seeing the school named after him.[21][29] They acquired land formerly owned by Texas Senator John Boyd (who chose to patronize the establishment of Trinity University, a Presbyterian university in San Antonio, Texas instead), later inherited by his granddaughter and her husband, Confederate CongressmanHenry S. Foote, who had built Old Central, a house still standing on campus.[30]

One of the founding trustees, Hezekiah William Foote, was a Confederate veteran and the owner of four plantations in Mississippi, including Mount Holly.[31] The Treasurer of the Board of Trust from 1872 to 1875, Alexander Little Page Green, whose portrait hangs in Kirkland Hall,[32] was a Methodist preacher and a former slave owner.[33][34] His 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.[35]

The first building, Main Building, later known as Kirkland Hall, was designed by William Crawford Smith, a Confederate veteran who also designed The Parthenon; its construction began in 1874.[35][36] In the fall of 1875, about 200 students enrolled at Vanderbilt, and in October the university was dedicated.[21] Bishop McTyeire was named Chairman of the Board of Trust for life by Vanderbilt as a stipulation of his endowment.[21] McTyeire named Landon Garland (1810–1895), his mentor from Randolph-Macon College in Virginia and then-Chancellor of the University of Mississippi, as chancellor. Garland shaped the school's structure and hired the school's faculty, many of whom were renowned scholars in their respective fields.[27] However, most of this faculty left after disputes with Bishop McTyeire, including over pay rates.[21] When the first fraternity chapter, Phi Delta Theta, was established on campus in 1876, it was shut down by the faculty, only to be reestablished as a secret society in 1877.[37] Meanwhile, Old Gym, designed by Dutch-born architect Peter J. Williamson, was built in 1879–1880.[36] By 1883, the Board of Trust passed a resolution allowing fraternities on campus, and more chapters were established in 1884.[37]

Split with the Methodist Church[edit]

During the first 40 years, the Board of Trust, and therefore the university, was under the control of the General Conference (the governing body) of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.[21] Tension grew between the university administration and the Conference over the future of the school, particularly over the methods by which members of the Vanderbilt Board of Trust would be chosen, and the extent that non-Methodists could teach at the school.[21]

Conflicts escalated after James H. Kirkland was appointed chancellor in 1893.[21] Then the Southern Methodist Church congregations raised just $50,000 in a campaign to raise $300,000.[21]

After the Tennessee Centennial Exposition of 1897, a statue of Cornelius Vanderbilt, designed by Italian sculptor Giuseppe Moretti,[38] was moved from the grounds of the Parthenon to the Vanderbilt campus.[39]

In 1905, Kirkland Hall burnt down, only to be rebuilt shortly after.[36] Meanwhile, the Board of Trust voted to limit Methodist representation on the board to just five bishops.[21] Former faculty member and bishop Elijah Hoss led a group attempting to assert Methodist control.[21] In 1910, the board refused to seat three Methodist bishops.[21] The Methodist Church took the issue to court and won at the local level. On March 21, 1914, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that the Commodore, and not the Methodist Church, was the university's founder and that the board could therefore seat whomever it wished.[21] The General Conference in 1914 voted 151 to 140 to sever its ties with Vanderbilt; it also voted to establish a new university, Southern Methodist University, and to greatly expand Emory University.[21][40]

Colonel Edmund William Cole, the treasurer of the board of trust, was a Confederate veteran and a railroad executive.[41][42] He is the namesake of the annual Cole Lecture; his marble bust and his wife's portrait can be seen in Kirkland Hall.[42][43] His son, Whitefoord Russell Cole, who was the chairman of the board of trust from 1915 to 1934, defended chancellor Kirkland's decision to split with the Methodist Church.[44][45] His portrait hangs in Kirkland Hall, and he is the namesake of Cole Hall, completed in 1949.[45]

1920s through World War II[edit]

In the 1920s and 1930s, Vanderbilt University hosted two partly overlapping groups of scholars who had a large impact on American thought and letters: the Fugitives and the Agrarians.[21] Meanwhile, Frank C. Rand, who served as the President and later Chairman of the International Shoe Company, donated US$150,000 to the university in 1925;[46] Rand Hall was subsequently named for him.

In 1933, the United Daughters of the Confederacy donated $50,000 (roughly $925,166 in 2015 dollars[28]) for the construction of Confederate Memorial Hall, designed by architect Henry C. Hibbs.[47] It was completed in 1935.[47]

In the 1930s, Ernest William Goodpasture and his colleagues in the School of Medicine invented methods for cultivating viruses and rickettsiae in fertilized chicken eggs.[48] This work made possible the production of vaccines against chicken pox, smallpox, yellow fever, typhus, Rocky mountain spotted fever and other diseases caused by agents that only propagate in living cells.[48]Alfred Blalock, Professor of Surgery, and his assistant Vivian Thomas identified a decrease in blood volume and fluid loss outside the vascular bed as a key factor in traumatic shock and pioneered the use of replacement fluids for its treatment.[49] This treatment saved countless lives in World War II,[49] during which Vanderbilt was one of 131 colleges and universities nationally that took part in the V-12 Navy College Training Program which offered students a path to a Navy commission.[50]

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[51][52][53] without their consent.[52][53] In a lawsuit the women received US$9.1 million from Vanderbilt University and US$900,000 from the Rockefeller Foundation in 1998.[52]

1950s and 1960s[edit]

In 1953, the School of Religion admitted the first African-American student to the university.[54] In 1960, the School of Religion expelled a student who was one of the leaders of the emerging civil rights movement, James Lawson.[55]James Geddes Stahlman, a Vanderbilt trustee who owned the Nashville Banner, published misleading stories which suggested Lawson had incited others to "violate the law" and led to his expulsion.[55] Dean J. Robert Nelson resigned in protest.[56] Nevertheless, Chancellor Harvie Branscomb enforced the decision, and remained unapologetic as late as 1980.[55] The school was placed on probation for a year by the American Association of Theological Schools, and the power of trustees was curtailed.[55] The university took Stahlman's $5 million donation in 1972-1973,[57] and named a professorship in his honor.[58] In 2005, Lawson was re-hired as a Distinguished University Professor for the 2006–2007 academic year, and named a Distinguished Alumnus for his achievements.[59]

The Vanderbilt Board of Trust in May 1962 voted to accept African Americans in all schools, and the first black undergraduates entered the school in the fall of 1964.[54] The university drew national attention in 1966 when it recruited Perry Wallace, the first African American to play varsity basketball in the Southeastern Conference (SEC).[60] Wallace, from Nashville, played varsity basketball for Vanderbilt from 1967 to 1970, and faced considerable opposition from segregationists when playing at other SEC venues.[61] In 2004, a student-led drive to retire Wallace's jersey finally succeeded.[61][a]

1970s to present[edit]

In 1979, Vanderbilt acquired Peabody College, then called the "George Peabody College for Teachers", residing on 53 acres adjacent to the university.[65] In the early 1980s, Vanderbilt University was a financial backer of the Corrections Corporation of America prior to its IPO.[66][67]

In 2001, the university determined to remodel the undergraduate experience by creating an academic residential college system. Since then Vanderbilt has been constructing new buildings and renovating existing structures to support the college system.[68][69]

In 2002, the university decided to rename Confederate Memorial Hall, a residence hall on the Peabody campus to Memorial Hall.[70] Nationwide attention resulted, in part due to a lawsuit by the Tennessee chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.[71] The Davidson County Chancery Court dismissed the lawsuit in 2003, but the Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled in May 2005 that the university must pay damages based on the present value of the United Daughters of the Confederacy's contribution if the inscription bearing the name "Confederate Memorial Hall" was removed from the building or altered.[72] The Court of Appeals' decision has been critiqued by legal scholars.[73] In late July 2005, the university announced that although it had officially renamed the building, and all university publications and offices will refer to it solely as Memorial Hall, the university would neither appeal the matter further, nor remove the inscription and pay damages.[74] In August 2016, the university agreed to remove the word "Confederate" from the building after "anonymous donors" donated $1.2 million to repay the United Daughters of the Confederacy.[75]

In 2009, Vanderbilt instituted a no-loan policy. The policy states that any student granted admission and a need-based aid package will have an award that includes no student loans.[76] Following this, in 2015, Vanderbilt implemented Opportunity Vanderbilt, which committed the University to need-blind admissions, meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need of admitted students, and including only grants in awards.[77]

In 2011, the Oakland Institute exposed a university investment in EMVest Asset Management, a private equity firm "accused of 'land grabbing,' or taking over agricultural land used by local communities through exploitative practices for large-scale commercial export farming in five sub-Saharan African countries.[78] The revelation led to student protests in 2012.[78][79] By 2013, Vanderbilt administrators had divested from EMVest.[78]

In 2015, Vanderbilt opened a new innovation center, the Wond'ry, as part of its Academic Strategic Plan.[80] The three-story, 13,000-square foot building is meant to serve as an interdisciplinary hub of knowledge for the Vanderbilt community, serving as the location of hackathons, partnerships with the Nashville Entrepreneurship Center, and several social venture programs.[81]

Organization and administration[edit]

Vanderbilt University, as a private corporation, is wholly governed by an independent, self-perpetuating Board of Trust. The board comprises 45 regular members (plus any number of trustees emeriti) and the chancellor, the university's chief executive officer.[82] Each trustee serves a five-year term (except for four recently graduated alumni, who serve two two-year terms). Bruce R. Evans is the board's chairman.[83]

Nicholas S. Zeppos currently serves as chancellor of Vanderbilt University. He was appointed interim chancellor after the departure of Gordon Gee, who left to reassume the presidency of Ohio State University on August 1, 2007,[84] and was named chancellor in his own right on March 1, 2008.[85]

Administration history[edit]

Since the opening of the university in 1875, only eight individuals have served as chancellors.[86] Landon Garland was the university's first chancellor, serving from 1875 to 1893.[86] Garland organized the university and hired its first faculty. Garland Hall, an academic building on campus, is named in his honor.[86]

The next chancellor was James Kirkland—serving from 1893 to 1937, he had the longest tenure of any Vanderbilt chancellor.[86] He was responsible for severing the university's ties with the Methodist Church and relocating the medical school to the main campus.[86] Vanderbilt's Main Building was renamed Kirkland Hall after Kirkland left in 1937.[86]

The longest-tenured chancellor was followed by one of the shortest-tenured.[86]Oliver Carmichael served Vanderbilt for just nine years, 1937 to 1946.[86] Carmichael developed the graduate school, and established the Joint University Libraries for Vanderbilt, Peabody, and Scarritt College.[86] Carmichael Towers, a set of high-rise dormitories on the northern edge of campus, were named for Chancellor Carmichael.[86]

Carmichael's successor was Harvie Branscomb.[86] Branscomb presided over a period of major growth and improvement at the university that lasted from 1946 until 1963.[86] He was responsible for opening the admissions policy to all races.[86] Branscomb Quadrangle is a residence hall complex named for the chancellor.[86]

Alexander Heard, for whom the campus's 10-library system (with 3.3 million total volumes) is named, served as chancellor from 1963 to 1982.[86] During his 20-year tenure, the Owen Graduate School of Management was founded, and Vanderbilt's merger with Peabody College was negotiated.[86] He also survived calls for his ouster because of his accommodating stance on desegregation.[86]

Joe B. Wyatt was the chancellor who served immediately after Heard, from 1982 until 2000.[86] Wyatt oversaw a great increase in the university's endowment, an increase in student diversity, and the renovation of many campus buildings.[86] Wyatt placed great emphasis on improving the quality of faculty and instruction, and during his tenure Vanderbilt rose to the top 25 in the U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings for the first time.[87] The Wyatt Center on Peabody's campus is named for Wyatt and his wife.

Gee was appointed chancellor by the Board of Trust in February 2000.[86] After allegations of lavish spending in 2005, the Board of Trust established a committee to monitor his personal spending more closely.[88]

After Gordon Gee's departure in 2007, Zeppos was named interim chancellor.[89] He was named chancellor suo jure on March 1, 2008, by the university's Board of Trust.[90]

Medical Center[edit]

Until April 2016 Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) was a component of the university, but is now an independent organization. The Medical Center continues to cooperate with the university and many clinical staff serve as faculty members at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.[91] As of April 2016, VUMC comprised the following units: Vanderbilt University Hospital, Monroe Carell, Jr., Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital, Vanderbilt Clinic, Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center, Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital, Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt Sports Medicine, Dayani Human Performance Center, Vanderbilt Page Campbell and Heart Institute.[92]

Before splitting with VUMC, Vanderbilt was the largest private employer in Middle Tennessee and the second largest in the state with over 23,000 employees.[93][94] Approximately 74% of the university's faculty and staff were employed by the Medical Center.[6] In 2008, the medical center was placed on the Honor Roll of U.S. News & World Report's annual rating of the nation's best hospitals, ranking 15th overall in the country.[95]

Students and faculty[edit]


As of 2017, Vanderbilt had an enrollment of 6,885 undergraduate and 5,707 graduate and professional students, for a total of 12,592 students.[4] Students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries attend Vanderbilt, with 65% of the total student body coming from outside the South and 8% from outside of the United States.[4] Moreover, 47.4% of the class of 2021 classified as Caucasian, 10.4% Hispanic/Latino, 10.7% Black or African American, 14.1% Asian, and 5.3% other/two or more races; 7.6% of the class is international.[11] As of 2017, the incoming class was 49% male and 51% female[4] In 2017, Vanderbilt accepted 10.9% of its 31,462 freshman applicants, making it one of the most selective universities in the country.[96]

Vanderbilt lets undergraduates choose between 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.[6] The university also has six graduate and professional schools, including the Divinity School, Graduate School, Law School, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and Owen Graduate School of Management.[6] As of 2018, Vanderbilt has a student-to-faculty ratio of 7:1.[19]

The university's undergraduate programs are highly selective: in 2017, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions accepted 8.6% of its 27,841 Regular Decision applicants, thus making Vanderbilt one of the most selective universities in the United States and the most selective university in the state of Tennessee.[97][98] In 2015, Vanderbilt was ranked fifth overall and fourth among private universities in enrollment of National Merit Scholars, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation's annual report.[99] In its most recent annual comparison of admissions selectivity, The Princeton Review gave Vanderbilt a rating of 99 out of 99.[100] The class of 2021 included 226 National Merit Scholars and had standardized test scores that were well above average: the interquartile range (25th percentile – 75th percentile) of SAT scores was 700-760 for Reading and Writing and 700-790 for Math, while the interquartile range of ACT scores was 32–35.[101] For students of the class of 2016 whose schools reported exact class rankings, 96.21% ranked in the top 10% of their class, with an average rank of 3.39%.[102]


Vanderbilt investigators work in a broad range of disciplines, and the university consistently ranks among the top 20 research institutions in the United States.[103][104] In 2013, Vanderbilt University was ranked 9th in the country in funding from the National Institutes of Health.[105] Its Institute for Space and Defense Electronics, housed in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, includes the largest academic facility in the world involved in radiation-effects research.[106]

Among its more unusual activities, the university has institutes devoted to the study of coffee and of bridge.[107] Indeed, the modern form of the latter was developed by Harold Stirling Vanderbilt, a former president of the university's Board of Trust and a great-grandson of the Commodore.[107] In addition, in mid-2004 it was announced that Vanderbilt's chemical biology research may have serendipitously opened the door to the breeding of a blue rose, something that has long been coveted by horticulturalists and rose lovers.[108]

Vanderbilt scholars have played a role in the development of writing. The Fugitives and Southern Agrarians were based at the university in the first half of the 20th century and helped revive Southern literature among others.[109][110]

Vanderbilt's research record is blemished, however, by a study university researchers, in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Health, conducted on ironmetabolism during pregnancy in the 1940s.[111] Between 1945 and 1949, over 800 pregnant women were given radioactive iron. Standards of informed consent for research subjects were not rigorously enforced at that time,[b] and many of the women were not informed of the potential risks. The injections were later suspected to have caused cancer in at least three of the children who were born to these mothers.[112] In 1998, the university settled a class action lawsuit with the mothers and surviving children for $10.3 million.[113]

The university is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral University with Highest Research Activity.[114] The university has a comprehensive graduate program, offering doctoral programs in sciences, engineering, mathematics, humanities, social sciences, and religion, along with professional degrees in medicine, business, law, nursing, and education.[115]

Vanderbilt is a member of the SEC Academic Consortium. Now renamed the SECU, the initiative was a collaborative endeavor designed to promote research, scholarship, and achievement among the member universities in the Southeastern Conference. The SECU's goals include highlighting the endeavors and achievements of SEC faculty, students, and universities and advancing the academic reputation of SEC universities.[116][117]

In 2013, Vanderbilt University participated in the SEC Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia, which was organized and led by the University of Georgia and its Bioenergy Systems Research Institute. The topic of the symposium was titled "The Impact of the Southeast in the World's Renewable Energy Future".[118]


Vanderbilt is ranked the 108th best university in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings,[119] and 52nd in the United States by the Academic Ranking of World Universities.[120]U.S. News & World Report ranks it the 14th best university nationally,[121] and Reuters ranked it the 10th most innovative university in the world.[122]

National program rankings[132]
Biological Sciences26
Clinical Psychology16
Computer Science56
Medicine: Primary Care27
Medicine: Research14
Nursing: Doctorate11
Nursing: Master's15
Political Science24
Public Affairs63
Speech–Language Pathology1
Global program rankings[133]
Arts & Humanities131
Biology & Biochemistry52
Clinical Medicine26
Economics & Business170
Materials Science308
Molecular Biology & Genetics55
Neuroscience & Behavior63
Pharmacology & Toxicology22
Social Sciences & Public Health48
Space Science178

In its 2018 edition, U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanderbilt 14th among all national universities.[134] In the same publication's graduate program rankings, the Peabody College of Education was ranked third in the nation among schools of education,[135] and the Vanderbilt Law School was listed at 16th, the School of Medicine was listed at 15th among research-oriented medical schools, the School of Nursing was listed at 15th, the School of Engineering was listed at 34th, and the Owen Graduate School of Management was listed at 25th among business schools.[136] Additionally, U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanderbilt first in the nation in the fields of special education, educational administration, and audiology.[136] In 2014, the Owen Graduate School of Management was ranked 30th by Bloomberg Businessweek among full-time MBA programs.[137]

The Academic Ranking of World Universities ranks Vanderbilt as the 60th-best university in the world. Additionally the ARWU Field rankings in 2015 placed Vanderbilt as 18th best in the world for Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy, and 21st in Social Sciences.[138] In the Times Higher Education 2016 World University Rankings, Vanderbilt is 87th. The 2017/2018 QS World University Rankings ranked Vanderbilt 212th in the world. Human Resources & Labor Review, a national human competitiveness index & analysis, ranked the university as one of 50 Best World Universities in 2011.[139] The 2007 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index, a measure of the scholarly output of the faculty of nearly 7,300 doctoral programs around the United States, ranked Vanderbilt 8th among large research universities, and 1st in the areas of comparative literature, educational leadership, pharmacology, Portuguese, Spanish, and special education.[140]Poets & Writers ranked Vanderbilt's English Department's MFA Program in Creative Writing 18th among the top 50 writing programs in the United States in 2010 and 14th in the United States in 2011.[141]Fortune magazine ranked Vanderbilt among the top 100 places to work in the United States, the only university on their list[142] In 2017, Money ranked Vanderbilt the 15th best college in the nation among national universities, liberal arts colleges, and service academies[143]

Vanderbilt does well in non-academic rankings as well. In 2017 alone, the university was ranked #1 for happiest students, #2 for quality of life, #5 for most beautiful campus, and #5 for best-run college according to Princeton Review.[144]

In 2016, Vanderbilt was ranked the third most intense college in the nation by Business Insider.[145]

Campus layout[edit]

The Vanderbilt campus is located approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) southwest of downtown in the West End neighborhood of midtown Nashville. It has an area of 330 acres (1.3 km2), though this figure includes large tracts of sparsely used land in the southwest part of the main campus, as well as the Medical Center.[146]

Main Campus, looking toward West End Avenue
Old Mechanical, now part of The Owen Graduate School of Management
Vanderbilt University police car.
After a fire, Old Main hall was rebuilt with one tower and renamed Kirkland Hall. It is currently home to Vanderbilt's administration.
The entrance of Vanderbilt Medical School
Benson Science Hall, one of the first campus buildings, houses the English and history departments.
Peabody Library, Vanderbilt University
Built in 1880 with funding from William Henry Vanderbilt, The Old Gym now houses the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Vanderbilt's campus is a designated national arboretum.

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