In 1873, business magnet Cornelius Vanderbilt – one of America’s richest men in the late 19th century – gave a million dollars to form a Methodist university. The philanthropic gift was enormous for the times. Little wonder the school was named Vanderbilt University. Today, VU enrolls about 13,500 undergrad and postgrad students. This qualifies as the largest university in Nashville and the fifth largest in Tennessee. More importantly, Vanderbilt’s outstanding reputation for academics typically ranks it among the top twenty five schools in the country. Vanderbilt’s football team is named the Commodores. They play inside of this stadium.