The Vanderbilt Advantage


The Vanderbilt Advantage

Here are the Top 5 reasons why our students and alumni recommend the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management.

  1. You’re not just getting into a great business school; you’ll be welcomed into a great community of students, faculty and alumni.

    Students commonly tell us they sense the difference from the day they arrive on campus for their first visit. It’s a feeling that becomes even stronger over two years of Thursday night socials, working together in project teams, casual conversations with professors, and impromptu graduationget-togethers on the patio at San Antonio Taco Company (otherwise known as SATCO). This is a place where you’ll never run out of interesting things to do, or fascinating people to do them with.

    But community here isn’t just about activities. It’s an attitude. An atmosphere. A cameraderie. An eagerness not only to excel individually but to help bring out the best in each other.  A sense that friends you make here will be friends for life. And a place you can always call home.

  2. While you are here, you will be given the tools, support and encouragement to shape your career, your life and your world.

    Take the time to read one, two or more of our WorldShaper stories. These stories come in all shapes and sizes—big and small, global or local, for profit or not.  The one thing they all have in common, however, is that these stories all take place here at Owen, a place that knows you, calls you by name, understands your aspirations. A place that will help shape your world, however you define it.  Absolutely nothing cookie-cutter about it.

    And, if you desire to shape our world while you’re at it, so be it. When a group of Owen students felt inspired to start an initiative to combat global poverty, the administration had a one-word answer: “Yes.”

    girls at gameFollowed by a four-word answer: “How can we help?”

    It was the same answer students received when they wanted to host the international Net Impact Conference. And an independent, student-run blog about the school. And a global festival featuring foods from all the countries represented at Owen.  And numerous other efforts from clubs to social events.

    Owen is like a big suggestion box. Students here have a bigger voice than you’ll find almost anywhere else.

  3. The Vanderbilt Business faculty is second to none. Smart and accessible.

    Vanderbilt’s Owen School faculty combines academic prestige with the real-world experience of top practitioners in a uniquely intimate and collaborative learning environment. From global finance and marketing to specialized areas such as health care and HR, Owen students learn from among the world’s best.

    But, what truly makes Owen faculty different from others who claim “the best and the brightest” is the level of access that you’ll have to them. Open doors. After hours emails, phone conversations or chats at Thursday night kegs. Even backyard cookouts and swimming parties. What starts out as a classroom “student and instructor” scenario, often builds to “student and mentor” and relationships that last a lifetime.

  4. You’ll earn a degree from Vanderbilt, a prestigious university recognized all over the world.

    Vanderbilt University is a private research university of about 6,500 undergraduates and 5,300 graduate and professional students. Located in the heart of Nashville, Vanderbilt’s 330 acres are home to architectural treasures and a national arboretum. Dubbed the “Southern Ivy”, Vanderbilt is comprised of several highly-ranked schools—arts and science, business, medicine, education, law and divinity— as well as a distinguished medical center, a public policy center and The Freedom Forum First Amendment Center.

  5. We’re the coolest city you didn’t know was cool.

    NashvilleTo misquote Samuel Johnson (slightly), “The person who is bored with Nashville is bored with life.”  Great live music every night (and of every genre). Great restaurants, from  Ethiopian to Peruvian to soul food and Continental cuisine. Pro football. NHL hockey. Big-time college sports. Beautiful parks and hiking trails. Eclectic and diverse, equal parts urban sophistication and welcome-to-the-BBQ friendliness, Nashville has been named the nation’s No. 1 Music Scene (Rolling Stone), No. 3 Boom Town (Forbes) and No. 3 Best Value (Kiplinger).  

    It’s a great place to spend two years, or a lifetime.