Facts about Vanderbilt

It seems some of you don’t know that much about Vanderbilt University. Whenever I go home, I get conversations like this:

“Yeah, I’m going to Vanderbilt!”
“Wow, that’s great! Where’s that?”
“Ohh, that’s far. So, what’s their mascot/What conference are they in?/Where’s Nashville?”

So it seems that the public needs to be further educated about Vanderbilt. What? You want to know all of the basics? Well, I’m glad you asked! Here we go:

Basic Facts:

Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Colors: Gold (specifically, Vegas Gold) and Black
Mascot: Commodores
Conference: NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference (SEC)
Ranking: National: 17 (US News and World Report); Global: 51 (Times)
Rating: 99/99 (The Princeton Review)
Number of Undergraduate students: ~6,800. Each class usually has no more than 1,600 students.
Founded by: Cornelius Vanderbilt, one of the richest Americans in History. He made his fortune on railways in the 1800s.
Fun Facts:
—The campus is a national arboretum, with over 300 species of trees and shrubs.
—We’re the smallest and only private University in the SEC.
—And ever heard of Anderson Cooper? He’s a direct heir of the Vanderbilt Family, and is the single largest shareholder of the University.

Here are some quick facts on Nashville for those of you who didn’t click on the graciously-provided link above:

State: Tennessee
State Capitol? Yes!
Size: Fourth-largest city in the Southeastern US, at 601,222 (not including municipalities)
Pro Sports Teams: The Tennessee Titans (NFL) and the Nashville Predators (NHL)
Fun Facts:
—Nashville is known as “Music City, USA”
—Nashville has a full-scale replica of the Greek Parthenon in its Centennial Park (Resulting in the nickname “Athens of the South”
—More recording artists chose to record in Nashville than New York City or Hollywood (making it #1 for recording artists).
—It’s known as the Protestant Vatican, as Nashville has over 700 churches, a number of seminaries, and houses the headquarters and meeting places for many national Christian organizations.
—is politically Democratic, and has been since the Reconstruction Era.

There you have it! And remember, the best thing you can do is share the news.


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