Facts & Stats

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University was founded in 1873 by Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt and currently enrolls more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students throughout its ten schools, including law, medicine, education, divinity and management. The combination of cutting-edge research, liberal arts and a distinguished medical center creates an invigorating atmosphere where students tailor their education to meet their goals and researchers collaborate to solve complex problems related to health, culture, society and commerce. 

Owen Graduate School of Management

In 1969, the Owen Graduate School of Management opened its doors to ten students and ten faculty members in a former funeral home. Today, Owen is among the top business schools. Accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Owen is widely recognized for its challenging academics, stimulating and innovative research environment, strong student/faculty ratio and a spirit of teamwork. The school was renamed in 1977 in honor of Lulu and Ralph "Peck" Owen, former chairman of American Express. 

Leadership: M. Eric Johnson      

Prior to being named Dean of Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management in 2013, M. Eric Johnson served as Associate Dean for the MBA program at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, where he was also Faculty Director of the Glassmeyer/McNamee Center for Digital Strategies and Benjamin Ames Kimball Professor of the Sciences of Administration. He began his academic career at Owen, where he taught from 1991-1999. One of the youngest professors to receive tenure in the school’s history, Johnson twice won the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award while at Owen. You can learn more about Dean Johnson by following his blog.

Honors and Rankings

Vanderbilt's programs are consistently ranked in the top 10 percent of accredited business schools by Bloomberg Businessweek, U.S. News & World Report, Financial Times, The Economist and Forbes. Select accolades include:

U.S. News & World Report - #22 MBA Program (2016)

Princeton Review - #2 Best Professors; #5 Best Campus Environment (2016)

Poets & Quants - 10 Business Schools to Watch in 2016

Economist - #17 MBA among U.S. programs; #1 MBA in "Opening New Career Opportunities" (2016)

Financial Times - #14 Executive MBA among U.S. programs