Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt is a hot school known for its rigorous academics, popular social life and it’s beautiful campus. Located just over a mile from downtown Nashville, which in the last few years is shedding its “Music City, U.S.A.” image and emerging as a hip, young, creative city with a dynamic food scene.

Visitor Information: Tour Vandy

Stay: Directly across from campus check in to the Loews Vanderbilt, renovated and redesigned in 2013. The Hutton just down the street is a modern, contemporary boutique hotel with friendly service. Located downtown, just down the street from legendary Music Row, check in to Nashville’s grand dame, The Hermitage Hotel.  

Coffee: Close to the Commons (the freshman campus) in Hillsboro Village, everyone goes to Fido—for the coffee, the funky vibe and great food at breakfast and lunch.

Breakfast: Right next to main campus, head to Bread and Co for either breakfast or lunch. On South 12th (a short drive) the Frothy Monkey is a popular spot. Tavern consistently ranks as one of Nashville’s top brunches if you’re visiting on a weekend.

Any Time Of Day: Pinewood Social is more than a restaurant, it’s a “social gathering place”, and it’s very cool. Open at 7 am for coffee and breakfast, switching to lunch and dinner later in the day, it’s a "wow" space that was once an office park. There are six reclaimed wood bowling lanes, and two dipping pools.

Lunch: A New Yorker at Vandy told us that Desano's has pizza as good as anywhere back home. Burger Up over on hip South 12th, has upscale burgers and salads and we hear they make a mean Moscow Mule!  After your burger try a fruit or vegetable popsicle at Las Paletas. You have to have fried chicken at least once while you’re in Nashville, and right near campus is one of the best—Hattie B’s Hot Chicken. Don’t worry when you see the line, it moves fast.



Casual: Urban Grub takes reservations at 5, 6:30 and 8:30PM for it’s tasty twist of Southern food with a Latin flavor. Housed in a former shipping container in the hip Gulch neighborhood of Nashville, The 404 Kitchen offers a modern take on classic European cuisine.


A Step Up: The Gulch’s McGavock Street, commonly referred to as M Street, is home to Virago, Moto, and Kayne Prime—all spots Vandy students rush to take their parents when in town. Foodies will be thrilled as Nashville has a hot restaurant scene. Try and snag a reservation at James Beard award nominee Bastion or  Rolf and Daughters, City House, Husk or The Catbird Seat.

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Nashville Classics: It would be a shame to spend time in Nashville and not visit Arnold’s Country Kitchen, the city’s legendary Meat and Three. The cafeteria-style line may be long, but it moves fast and it’s worth the wait for roast beef served with your choice of three sides such as: mac and cheese, black eyed peas, stewed okra or fried green tomatoes. Dating back to 1945, Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, located in East Nashville is widely considered to be the king of Nashville’s iconic dish. Fans speak of pit master Pat Martin in hushed tones, his eatery, Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint is famous for his whole hog barbecue.  With two locations now in Nashville, you no longer have to drive the 30 minutes to the original location in Nolensville.

Late Night Snack: Tavern has great s’mores that you roast yourself and “go great with champagne!” Café Coco, a funky coffeehouse open 24/7 features live music, munchies & outdoor seating.

Local Attractions: Centennial Park, right across from Vanderbilt, has a full-scale replica of Greece’s Parthenon. Sure, downtown Nashville is touristy, but if you’ve never been it’s a lot of fun, especially if you’re a fan of Country Music. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, an interactive, intriguing museum, then tour The Ryman, one of our country’s best music venues.  (The Ryman has been home at times to the famous Grand Ole Opry radio show.) Make sure to stop at Robert’s Western World on Broadway, everyone’s favorite for live music and honky-tonk dancing.

Worth the Drive: Spend an afternoon in the charming town of Franklin, just thirty miles outside of Nashville. Stroll the sweet main street weaving in and out of the authentic, local boutiques and eat lunch at Puckett’s Grocery or 55 South. Travel back in time to the civil war with a tour at Carnton Plantation before heading back to town.


Everyone is happy to be here and excited to learn and meet new people. It’s the perfect mix of Southern school spirit and academic focus. Nashville is an incredibly friendly and booming city with something for everyone.
— Grant
It is the perfect balance of everything! everyone is so hardworking and cares about doing well but also wants to have such a good time with friends on the weekends!! There’s bars, frats, tailgates, sororities, school spirit, good weather, NASHVILLE!!!!!
— Flora





Mr. Commodore

School Colors

Black & Gold

Acceptance Rate

8.80% (2016)

Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Early Decision I & Early Decision II








Admissions Office

2305 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203-1727

(p) (615) 322-2561
(f) (615) 343-7765

John Gaines, Director of Admissions

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division I

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Fred Thompson
Amy Grant
Robert Penn Warren


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