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.
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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