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Early Vanderbilt Campus in Nashville

Vanderbilt University’s identity is intrinsically tied to its Nashville roots. From the hard-fought battle to purchase land following the Civil War to FutureVU initiatives today, Vanderbilt’s campus has frequently shifted to accommodate changes in its culture. One of the first major institutions of higher learning in the South, Vanderbilt led the region in raising academic standards. This graphic explores how Vanderbilt came to be, from the purchase of land from local residents to the creation of university infrastructure, to plans for Vanderbilt’s future.