Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN is a high ranking university known for it's medical programs.

Jessica Walker Boehm
On Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 23:55
Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN

A private higher education institution in Nashville, TN, Vanderbilt University was founded in 1873, when Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt offered a donation of $1 million to establish and build the school.

Vanderbilt University began under the observation of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, as Methodist Bishop Holland N. McTyeire chose the site for the campus, supervised the construction efforts and assisted in selecting faculty and putting curriculum and policies in place.

In 1914, the university broke away from their religious ties, and between the years of 1937 and 1946, the coalition of Vanderbilt, Peabody College and Scarritt College was created.

As the school grew, it began to receive national recognition; in 1963, Vanderbilt was ranked in the top 20 private universities in the country for the first time.

Now, Vanderbilt University consistently receives high marks on a national level, with its programs and disciplines ranking in the top 10 in publications such as U.S. News & World Report.

In addition, the school is Middle Tennessee's largest private employer and the second largest private employer based in the state, and educates approximately 6,500 undergraduates and 5,300 graduate and professional students each year. The university offers 10 schools, a medical center, a public policy center and The Freedom Forum First Amendment Center.

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Jessica Walker Boehm is a journalism graduate of Belmont University and has been a regular contributor to since 2010.