Vanderbilt University is a private research university at Nashville, Tennessee. It was established in 1873, with over 6,500 undergraduates. It has a gorgeous campus that doubles as a national arboretum, with over 300 species of trees and shrubs. The campus has beautiful buildings that make you feel like you’re stepping into another world. Freshmen are required to live in the Commons, which offers them a very unique and close knit living arrangement, contributing very much to the feeling of community. There are also tons of student organizations, free campus events to attend, and nearly 40% of the student body is involved in Greek life. The ‘Dores have the best tailgates, and are happy to cheer on their baseball, football and women’s tennis team! Campus dining offers tasteful options, and the Taste of Nashville allows students to use their meal money in select off-campus restaurants. The surrounding city, the Music City of the country, has incredible southern cuisine, live music and entertainment. Notable alumni include Al Gore, Muhammad Yunus and James Patterson. Vanderbilt, with its charming campus, southern hospitality and flexible course offerings, makes for an amazing social and academic environment.