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Land Use

Photo: Vanderbilt University / Daniel Dubois

Vanderbilt University is located  on over 300 acres about a mile and a half southwest of downtown Nashville.  Home to more than 300 tree and shrub varieties, the campus was designated a national arboretum in 1988. Buildings on campus date to as early as the University’s founding in 1873. The Peabody section of campus has been a registered National Historic Landmark since 1966.

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Ensuring the Vanderbilt University campus is designed and prepared at every level to support its students, faculty, and staff, and to uphold the university’s mission and values, is the aim of the comprehensive campus land use plan named FutureVU. Launched in November 2015, FutureVU articulates a comprehensive vision for the university’s footprint and provides a basis for campus stewardship that enhances the university’s mission. While academic and student residential building projects on campus are driven by the Academic Strategic Plan, and the academic and research mission of the university, FutureVU provides a consistent strategy and guiding principles necessary for the realization of all capital projects and changes to the built environment.

Read more about FutureVU.