Nashville, TN
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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are great. There are so many spaces available with so much option for where you want to live. The only downside is not being able to live off campus, because the on-campus social atmosphere can be too much partying for someone who is not really into that scene.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The students are pretty much what you would expect from a wealthy school in the South. A lot of them are far too concerned with the social scene and what people think of them. They spend too much money, and they do not make real relationships. They are mostly artificial, and it can be hard to find a real person, but it certainly is not impossible.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I think the things that they are strict on are the things that most students have a tendency to not violate, so they feel that they can be strict because there will be no backlash and no fighting. The things that most students violate tend to be glazed over, or they just look the other way.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics are the main draw for the school, and for good reason. Vanderbilt's professors are incredible, and they are really willing to work with you. The registration process is easy, and as fair as it can be. The workload is tough, but that is to be expected.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Being an education major at Vanderbilt is awesome because it is one of the top education schools, so all of the professors really know what they are talking about and really care about their subject. Everyone in Peabody is so friendly and willing to help.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are certain aspects of the campus where I feel really safe, and certain aspects where I do not feel safe at all. For instance, I did not feel safe walking back to my freshman dorm alone after an activity on main campus at night. However, I feel perfectly safe walking up and down streets around campus and through Nashville by myself during the day.

2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The party scene is great for people who want to go out and drink three or four nights a week, but if you do not want to do that, you should pretty much avoid the parties. They start later than you should really be going to bed if you have an 8 a.m. the next morning, and frat row always sounds way too loud.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: There are so many internship opportunities at this school. If you want an internship and you cannot find one, you just have not been talking to enough of the professors, because they will help you.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I did not have any problems getting into the program that I wanted. The most important thing is to have a good essay, good recommendations, and to show them that you are a hard-working versatile person.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The housing would be pretty good except for the fact that it is not available to any students except for a handful of seniors this year. They make it very difficult to get away if you want to.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It is a really great process. They are willing to help out as much as they can. It does not always quite add up, but that is just because of the cost of the school. The difference can be made up for with tiny scholarships.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek life at the school can be really intimidating, especially for students who don't drink or students at a lower income.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: No loans and all grant aid!!! Very generous grant aid too! It is totally worth getting the bunches of forms in. I wouldn't be able to afford a school like Vandy without their help!

7 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Weather: Coming from the deep south, it's been great to have real seasons and to see the beauty of fall. Summer is a little hot, but other than that, it's great!

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't know a lot about on-campus partying because i'm a grad student, married with a child. However, Nashville is an amazing city to live in if you're looking for night life.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Athletics: We just redid our athletics facility and I'm excited to see the renovations

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I really like Nashville. There is great music, bars, and the Opry

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: Vanderbilt prides itself in the financial aid it provides

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus before so I'm not the person to ask

5 College Junior

Transportation: You have many options from public transportation to Vandy Van to Zip Cars

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I've enjoyed the campus housing. Kissam also just opened.

5 College Junior

Majors: There are plenty of options for majors as well as minors.

5 College Junior

Majors: I love my program Cognitive Studies. I also created my own major, which was perfect!

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Drug Safety: I'm a rising senior and as long as I've been here I haven't witnessed anyone be pressured to do drugs of any kind. It's there if you want it, but I believe there is little to no discrimination against those who choose not to partake. Alcohol is prominent. MJ is available. Harder stuff is apparently very available if you're in a Frat, but I'm a girl so I wouldn't know.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't know anything about greek life, so I'm probably not a reliable source in this area.

4 people found this useful Report

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Any student beginning a college career will pass through the phase of questioning his or her decision. For Vanderbilt students, this phase is a short one. The beauty and excitement of campus quickly pushes away any negative thoughts. Southern hospitality is alive and strong around Vanderbilt, and for those out-of-towners, it’s usually a welcome surprise. Taking the time to meet new people, whether they are Southern natives or people from across the country, will make the transition from high school to college a lot smoother. Finding your niche at any college is the most important thing to having a successful four years. Vanderbilt is big enough to accommodate almost anyone’s desires and small enough to make this campus feel like home for the years you spend here. 

While Vanderbilt has a lot of positive qualities, it isn’t the best choice for everyone. Choosing Vanderbilt means choosing to be in a situation where name-brand clothes and high-end cars have a certain amount of importance. Most students come from white upper-class families, and while they may not all fit the stereotype of wealthy snobs, money is in abundance for most on campus. More than anything, however, choosing Vanderbilt means choosing an extremely difficult and intense academic institution. You will pull your share of all-nighters, sit through any number of obvious “weed-out courses,” stress out over harsh grading curve, and panic when professors refuse to move deadlines despite countless other exams and papers. But thankfully, Vanderbilt embodies a work-hard, play-hard lifestyle. The second you make it through the more hellacious periods of school, there will be countless opportunities to throw all cares aside and enjoy your time at Vanderbilt.

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