About Vanderbilt University:

Vanderbilt University (informally Vandy) is a private research university in Nashville, Tennessee. Founded in 1873, it was named in honor of shipping and rail magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt, who provided the school its initial $1 million endowment despite having never been to the South. Vanderbilt hoped that his gift and the greater work of the university would help to heal the sectional wounds inflicted by the Civil War. Vanderbilt enrolls approximately 12,600 students from all 50 U.S. states and over 100 foreign countries in four undergraduate and six graduate and professional schools. The university is in the process of converting its residence halls into an academic residential college system. Several research centers and institutes are affiliated with the university, including the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies, Freedom Forum First Amendment Center, and Dyer Observatory. Vanderbilt University Medical Center, formerly part of the university became a separate institution in 2016. With the exception of the off-campus observatory and the Institute, all of the university's facilities are situated on its 330-acre (1.3 km2) campus in the heart of Nashville, 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from downtown. Despite its urban surroundings, the campus itself is a national arboretum and features over 300 different species of trees and shrubs. The Fugitives and Southern Agrarians were based at the university in the first half of the 20th century and helped revive Southern literature among others. The Jean and Alexander Heard Library, the campus library system, contains over 6.2 million items across nine libraries and stands as one of the nation's top research libraries. Vanderbilt Television News Archive holds the most extensive collection of television news coverage in the world, with over 40,000 hours of content. BioVU, Vanderbilt's DNA databank, is one of the largest of its kind in the world, running over 200 ongoing projects and holding over 225,000 samples. Additionally, Vanderbilt's Institute for Space and Defense Electronics, the largest of its type in the world, provides integral support to several companies, agencies, and governmental units, including Boeing, NASA, and the United States Department of Defense.



World University Rankings

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
World University Rankings 45 46 57 48 48 50 54 54 56 59 65 67 67

ByField

Field 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Agriculture 267 269 258 - 249 - - - - 351-400 401-450 401-450
Engineering 174 179 173 231 206 215 222 212 212 242 248 215
Life Sciences 37 38 38 40 39 40 41 42 46 46 46 46
Medicine 27 33 31 27 29 29 32 30 30 30 33 33
Natural Sciences 147 152 167 228 183 173 173 180 173 217 232 228
Social Sciences 31 41 50 49 48 53 51 45 53 52 61 66

BySubject

Subject 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Agricultural Sciences - 199 249 252 174 214 255 296 301-350 401-450
Biology & Biochemistry - - - - - - - - - 43
Chemical Engineering - - - - - - - - 451-500 451-500
Chemistry 229 234 245 241 219 212 225 267 250 252
Civil Engineering - - - - - - - - 451-500 451-500
Clinical Medicine - - - - - - - - - 32
Computer Science 130 89 74 83 72 54 71 79 128 160
Economics & Business - - - - - - - - - 229
Electrical Engineering 60 146 121 156 167 173 186 221 228 210
Environment / Ecology - - - - - - - - - -
Geosciences - - - - - - - - - -
Immunology - - - - - - - - - 48
Materials Science 262 293 290 232 213 204 188 221 224 199
Mathematics 109 113 92 132 196 135 146 178 153 205
Mechanical Engineering 200 218 213 228 189 159 173 171 131 176
Microbiology - - - - - - - - - 68
Molecular Biology & Genetics - - - - - - - - - 41
Neuroscience & Behavior - - - - - - - - - 53
Pharmacology & Toxicolog - - 14 13 16 29 33 32 39 52
Physics 124 216 149 147 158 141 146 187 202 236
Plant & Animal Science - - - - - - - - 351-400 351-400
Psychiatry / Psychology - - - - - - - - - 42
Social Sciences, General - - - - - - - - - 55
Space Science - - - - - - - - - 141