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refers to Vanderbilt University: a highly prestigious and competitive university located in Nashville, TN.

Refers to Vanderbilt University's comparable academic excellence and beautiful campus, noted for its iconic brick and ivy look.
Vanderbilt University might be called the Harvard of the South, but their women are a thousand times hotter.

Harvard Guy 1: I wish I went to the Harvard of the South.

Harvard Guy 2: Tell me about it. Not only would we acquire the same education, but we would actually experience good looking women, great weather, and amazing football.
by Commodore Cornelius November 21, 2009

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Vanderbilt University, possibly the greatest place on Earth. Amazingly hot pussy and definatly the place to go if you want to be drunk for four years and still do something with your life after you graduate.
Vanderbilt is the Harvard Of The South.
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This is sometimes referencing Furman University. Furman is an extremely rigorous school in Greenville SC. It has a beautiful campus.
I went to the Harvard of the South, and it was beautiful.
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Wofford College, a literal arts college in South Carolina which is the most prideful and most academically challenging in the state. Usually produces numerous lawyers and doctors.
He must have gone to the Harvard of the South to be that successful and a southern gentleman. He must be a Wofford boy.
by woffordterrier December 20, 2010

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University of Mississippi, or Ole Miss. Its even on Tshirts. Under the same umbrella, Harvard is the Ole Miss of the north.
Welcome to Ole Miss, the Harvard of the South.
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The Harvard of the South is the University of Georgia(UGA).

Some may be able to argue that it's Vanderbilt, but I wouldn't consider that a true southern school, with SEC power football.

I know one thing for sure though, Ole Miss is not the Harvard of the South, anyway with a beating heart can get in their, that post should be deleted.
yo my nigga dwillie got into Harvard of the South!
Oh fo rizzle that nigga got into UGA, dats pretty sick rad my nigga faggot.
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An unexpected combination of hyperbole and oxymoron;

similar to:
Belle of Afghanistan
Genius of Public School
Angel of Compton

hyperbole: (southern universtiy) is Harvard
oxymoron: higher education in the deep south

add the two: (southern university) is the Harvard of the south

notable exceptions: vandy, duke, emory, rice, tulane, uva, chapel hill, wustl
by m.a.r.s June 22, 2007

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