Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt founded Vanderbilt University in the spring of 1873.
Vanderbilt offers undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, music, education and human development, as well as a full range of graduate and professional degrees.
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Vanderbilt University’s Jean and Alexander Heard Library system is among the top research libraries in the nation, and one of the most important in the Southeast. Home to more than 8 million items, the library holds more than 4.5 million volumes, as well as locally created digital collections holding 1.5 million items, and provides access to well over 1 million electronic .
Located a mile and a half southwest of downtown Nashville, Vanderbilt is home to more than 300 tree and shrub varieties and was designated an arboretum in 1988. The oldest building on the original campus was constructed around 1859.
The Peabody section of campus has been a registered National Historic Landmark since 1966. Major off-campus facilities include the Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks.
Vanderbilt University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award bachelors, masters, professional, and doctoral degrees.
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