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Vanderbilt University

History

  • Vanderbilt University (Vandy) was founded in 1879 when Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt endowed $1 million, in the spring of 1873, to Methodist Bishop Holland N. McTyeire of Nashville.
  • This bishop had won the commodore's admiration and support for the project of building a university in the South that would "contribute to strengthening the ties which should exist between all sections of our common country”.
  • From the outset, Vanderbilt met two definitions of a university: It offered work in the liberal arts and sciences beyond the baccalaureate degree and it embraced several professional schools in addition to its college. 
  • Vanderbilt's student population has doubled itself every 25 years during the first century of the university's history: 307 in the autumn of 1875; 754 in 1900; 1,377 in 1925; 3,529 in 1950; 7,034 in 1975. In the autumn of 1999 the student population was 10,127.
  • The combination of cutting-edge research, liberal arts and a distinguished medical centre 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.

Address

2201 West End Ave , Nashville , TN 37235 , United States