Vanderbilt University Photo Tour

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Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

Located in Nashville, Tennessee, Vanderbilt University is a highly recognized and prestigious institution. U.S. News & World Report gives Vanderbilt high marks for its overall quality and its value. With 10 graduate and undergraduate schools and colleges, Vanderbilt offers a broad range of bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. As a residential university with roughly 13,000 students, it's no surprise that Vanderbilt has 37 residence halls and apartments, as well as 26 fraternity and sorority houses. The campus is home to some beautiful architecture and flora, as shown here by the Benson Old Central Building. One of the oldest buildings on campus, Benson Old Central houses the English and History departments.

If you want to know more about Vanderbilt, check out the school's admissions profile here on About.com, and the official Vanderbilt website.

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Student Life Center

Student Life Center at Vanderbilt University
Student Life Center at Vanderbilt University (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

Anyone interested in joining one of the 300+ student clubs and organizations on campus should stop by the Student Life Center. There you will also find the Health Professions Advisory Office, the Office of Study Abroad programs, Office of International Services, the Career Center, International Student and Scholar Services, and the Office of Honor Scholarships and ENGAGE, as well as a 9000-square-foot ballroom.

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Studio Arts Center

Studio Arts Center at Vanderbilt University
Studio Arts Center at Vanderbilt University (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

Whether you prefer painting, ceramics, or computer arts, you'll find a great studio in the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center. Built in 2005, this building provides creative space for artists in a variety of media. It also contains research areas, faculty offices, and indoor and outdoor gallery space.

To get a peek at the kinds of art that decorate the Vanderbilt campus, take a look at the website for the Vanderbilt Outdoor Sculpture Tour.

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Vanderbilt Law School

Vanderbilt Law School
Vanderbilt Law School (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

The Vanderbilt Law School awards degrees at the master, JD and PhD levels. The law building houses classrooms, study areas, a café and lounge, computer lab, auditorium, and trial courtroom with high-tech electronics. Not to mention, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Vanderbilt 16th for Law Schools.

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Keck Free-Electron Laser Center

Keck Free-Electron Laser Center at Vanderbilt
Keck Free-Electron Laser Center at Vanderbilt (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

Vanderbilt's W. M. Keck Free-Electron Laser Center holds a rare and exceptional tool for scientific research -- a free-electron laser. This laser is a state-of-the-art tool that can make laser beams at a wide range of frequencies and power intensities. There are only a few such lasers presently owned and operated by US universities.

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McTyeire International House

McTyeire International House at Vanderbilt University
McTyeire International House at Vanderbilt University (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

Many students from both inside and outside the country call the McTyeire International House their home. The building is designed to help students learn foreign languages through daily contact with international students and faculty. Constructed in 1940, the gothic-style house also has an expanded dining room and a language library.

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Delta Delta Delta sorority house

Delta Delta Delta Sorority at Vanderbilt University
Delta Delta Delta Sorority at Vanderbilt University (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

The Delta Delta Delta sorority house is one of the 26 Greek houses on campus. Vanderbilt boasts a total of 34 fraternities and sororities, with about 42% of undergraduates participating in Greek Life. The Greek population at Vanderbilt often takes part in community service and other social activities.

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Furman Hall

Furman Hall at Vanderbilt University
Furman Hall at Vanderbilt University (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

The gothic-style Furman Hall opened in 1907 as a chemistry and pharmacy building, but was later remodeled for humanities classrooms. Furman now maintains programs for classical studies, philosophy, foreign languages, and Women's Studies. There is currently a construction plan for Furman Hall to update its classrooms and labs.

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Buttrick Hall

Buttrick Hall at Vanderbilt University
Buttrick Hall at Vanderbilt University (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

The 90,000-square-foot Buttrick Hall has a little bit of everything: classrooms, offices, lecture rooms and even conference space. Buttrick has recently made a shift from halogen light bulbs to LED bulbs, which not only use less power for the university but are better for the environment, reducing Vanderbilt's greenhouse gas emissions by 34 metric tons per year.

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School of Engineering

Vanderbilt School of Engineering
Vanderbilt School of Engineering (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

Vanderbilt University offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in engineering. The School of Engineering ranks well in U.S. News & World Report, and the school's roughly 1,300 students can choose from a wide range of engineering fields: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, and for the student interested in a more interdisciplinary education, General Engineering.

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Calhoun Hall

Calhoun Hall at Vanderbilt University
Calhoun Hall at Vanderbilt University (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

Vanderbilt's programs for Economics, Political Science, and Communications Studies are located in Calhoun Hall. In addition, the university has put plans in place to renovate Calhoun to add departmental offices for Health, Society, and Medicine. The building was constructed in 1928 and expanded in 1993, and remains another example of the gothic-style architecture of the older Vanderbilt structures.

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Kirkland Hall

Kirkland Hall at Vanderbilt University
Kirkland Hall at Vanderbilt University (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

Kirkland Hall has been around since Vanderbilt opened in 1875. Originally the Old Main building, Kirkland Hall has been though a fire, rebuilding, and renovation. Currently, Kirkland holds offices for general officers, the deans of the College of Arts and Science and Graduate School, administrators, and the chancellor. It also has a 2,000-lb. bronze bell, paid for by the schoolchildren of Nashville who raised money to replace the original bell which was lost by the fire.

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Tolman Hall

Tolman Hall at Vanderbilt University
Tolman Hall at Vanderbilt University (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

Constructed not long after World War II, Tolman Hall is one of the 37 residence halls and apartments on campus. Tolman is an upperclassman residence hall and has been recently renovated. It supports 102 students in single and double rooms. The building also houses a faculty apartment.

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West Hall

West Hall at Vanderbilt University
West Hall at Vanderbilt University (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

The Wyatt Center features two dormitory wings, West Hall and East hall. Though they were both built in the 1920's, they underwent renovation in 1987. West Hall includes a multi-purpose room, a kitchen, and a laundry/study area.

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Carmichael Towers

Carmichael Towers at Vanderbilt University
Carmichael Towers at Vanderbilt University (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

Vanderbilt's tallest buildings are the Carmichael Towers, two high-rise residence halls. The Towers accommodate a staggering 1,200 undergraduate students. With these on campus, it's no wonder that Vanderbilt has the capacity to house a total of almost 5,500 students. The Towers have fourteen floors and contain mostly suite-style rooms.

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Rand Hall

Rand Hall at Vanderbilt University
Rand Hall at Vanderbilt University (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

Rand Hall serves as a meeting place for the students and faculty of Vanderbilt. It also holds the university bookstore, the Two Avenues Marketplace, and the Station B Post Office. Rand has recently reopened after closing for seven months for major renovations, and it now has a new dining area called the Pi and Leaf and Re(cycle), a student-run bike rental and maintenance shop.

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Sarratt Student Center

Sarratt Student Center at Vanderbilt University
Sarratt Student Center at Vanderbilt University (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

Right next to Rand Hall is the Sarratt Student Center, which is home to a mixture of different restaurants, facilities, and entertainment spots. There's the Sarrat Gallery, the Baseball Glove Lounge, the Sarratt Art Studios, the Pub Restaurant, the Sarratt Cinema, and offices for Vanderbilt Student Communications. Like many buildings on campus, Sarratt has recently gone through renovation.

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Neely Auditorium

Neely Auditorium at Vanderbilt University
Neely Auditorium at Vanderbilt University (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

Vanderbilt University Theatre is proud of its home in Neely Auditorium. Described by Vanderbilt as "versatile," Neely Auditorium is a great place for any and all kinds of theatrical productions. The soon-to-be-renovated building has an interesting and historical past, which you can learn more about by looking at the Neely Auditorium webpage.

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Memorial Gymnasium

Memorial Gymnasium at Vanderbilt University
Memorial Gymnasium at Vanderbilt University (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

Built in 1952, Vanderbilt's Memorial Gymnasium is the home of the Commodore basketball team. The Memorial Gym seats about 14,000, while the Vanderbilt Stadium seats almost 40,000. The university offers a host of varsity sports, like men's and women's golf, cross country, and tennis. Vanderbilt competes in both the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference and the American Lacrosse Conference.

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Campus Art

Campus Art at Vanderbilt University
Campus Art at Vanderbilt University (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

Vanderbilt's 330-acre campus contains over 300 varieties of trees and shrubs, and was designated a national arboretum in 1988. This is partly because of the work Vanderbilt's fourth chancellor's wife, Margaret Branscomb. Mrs. Branscomb stood as president of the Vanderbilt Garden Club in 1952, setting plans in motion to add trees to the Vanderbilt landscape. A bronze statue of her was placed on the campus in 1985.

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