About the Vanderbilt University Tartan

Your unique tartan pattern was created using our proprietary algorithm, which combines the year Vandy was founded - 1873 - with the geographic coordinates of its Nashville campus - 36.144° N, 86.802° W. 

The individual thread counts reveal your unique time and place in history using Vandy's official primary colors - Gold and Black. Vandy's heart, mind, and spirit are also expressed through these secondary colors:

  • Gray for the heartbeat of your diverse, engaged community
  • White for your commitment to cross-disciplinary study
  • Yellow for your spirit of open inquiry and intellectual freedom


To learn more about the algorithm
behind the pattern click here

Virtual Campus Visit

Click below to see how the algorithm's coordinates can take you on a virtual visit back to campus!

1 Minute Mentor

Our sister site, 1 Minute Mentor, provides students with guidance and wisdom from experienced alumni. We invite you to submit your responses to questions commonly asked by students, recent graduates, or first-time entrepreneurs. By sharing your story, you can help the next generation of alumni as they set out to change the world.

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