Vanderbilt’s elegant campus is widely recognized as one of the nation’s most beautiful. Home to forests containing hundreds of species of trees, it has been designated a national arboretum. Although fewer than half Vanderbilt’s students are from the South, alumni like Al Gore, Lamar Alexander, and Rosanne Cash make up a Who’s Who of Southern politics and culture.
The university has a world-class medical school, and its pre-med undergrads receive extra advising, research opportunities, and other assistance, leading to a 67% medical school acceptance rate—about 25 percentage points higher than the national average. Vanderbilt’s liberal arts and humanities programs are also strong. The average non-science, non-business major at Vanderbilt earns about $42,000 within five years, about $4,000 above the average salary reported by graduates with those majors.
The Division I Commodores sports teams also stand out. The baseball squad won the national championship in June 2014, while the football team often gets bowl invitations. Fraternities and sororities play a significant part of the social life on campus, and many students take advantage of Nashville’s vibrant music scene.