In 1873, Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt endowed Vanderbilt University in the hope that it would "strengthen the ties which should exist between all sections of our common country." Today, Vanderbilt is a highly selective, medium-sized university with a total enrollment of 12,795. In line with the Commodore's dream, students join the campus from all over the country and around the world.
Vanderbilt has 6,835 undergraduates, and entering students are required to live on campus for four years. On-campus residence halls are shared by students in all four undergraduate schools. The university has a strong sense of community, and the housing staff works with the Vanderbilt Student Government to organize social, cultural, and educational events on campus. On-campus housing options include traditional single and double rooms, apartments, townhouses, and suites. About 42 percent of undergraduates participate in Greek life, and though fraternities and sororities do not have residential houses, Greek organizations play an active role in undergraduate life.
First-year students live on The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, a living-learning residential community comprised of 10 residence houses, The Commons Center, and the Dean of Commons residence. A faculty member lives in each of the residence houses, serving as a mentor to students and working with elected students from the house to design programming throughout the year. The Commons Center includes dining facilities, a fitness center, post office, mini-market, and a coffee bar open 24 hours a day. Students also frequent the Sarratt Student Center which houses recreational facilities such as a movie theater, a ticket box office, a pub, student organization offices, meeting rooms, an art gallery, and facilities for the student produced radio station and newspapers. Other student facilities include a state-of-the-art recreation center with new additions that include a 120-yard indoor practice field, an 8-lane running track, expanded weight training and cardio fitness areas, and a four-lane bowling center and Warren and Moore Colleges, Vanderbilt's newest housing option for sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.
Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety
The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security