Vanderbilt University is a private research university in Nashville, Tennessee. The school was founded in 1873 and is named after Cornelius Vanderbilt, who donated $1 million to its establishment.
Vanderbilt enrolls around 12,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries each year.
It boasts five Nobel Prize winners among its alumni: Martin Rodbell (Medicine), Charles Townes (Physics), George Snell (Physiology/Medicine), James D Watson (Physiology/Medicine) and Edwin G Morgan (Literature). In addition to these luminaries, it has produced many business leaders including FedEx founder Fred Smith and Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent.
The university's academic offerings have been ranked among the best in America by U.S News & World Report for 24 consecutive years – earning it a place among top ten national universities every year since 2002 – while the Princeton Review has ranked it as one of America's best colleges since 2006.
In addition to offering its students an outstanding education, Vanderbilt University also has many other perks. Its campus is located in Nashville, Tennessee's capital city, which is home to over 600,000 people and is known for its great food scene. The university also has a diverse student body with more than 50% of undergraduates coming from outside Tennessee.
Nashville has a vibrant nightlife and diverse food scene that attracts young people from around the country. Most students live on campus, but there are some who choose to live off campus housing as well.