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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Same as every other university. Nothing special. It gets old rather quickly. One benefit is that many of these places are on the card, so no money out of my own proverbial pocket has to be taken out.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There's museums and places for people to go if they want to see the town a bit. Bars and lots of shopping areas adorn the area and public transportation is incredible to getting you where you want to go or need to be. Downtown Nashville, near Vanderbilt, is a breeding down for crime and assault, so don't walk around at night. That's the only downside.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Great deals for the prices. Dining halls can be a little cramped and hard to find seating, but they are generally good. Menu gets really old after a while and food can be pretty gross, but it's not that big a deal and it's survivable. Delivery places are great and the small shops and stores around campus are perfect for when you just don't want the food anymore.

2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The average male student has one look: backwards baseball cap, tshirt, cargo shorts, Sperrys. The average girl? Three quarters exercise pants, big tshirt, running shoes. At first glance, the average student on campus looks very attractive. Delicious even. As soon as partying weekends hit or classes start, you will no longer think them attractive and you are left wondering how in the hell they managed to get accepted by Vanderbilt. The average student is preppy, only interested in makeup and boys, lazy, disgusting pigs, sleep around like nobody's business, always out partying, rude, stuck-up and prissy, and most likely a psych major.

Now, the non average student, which they are kind of hard to find on occasion, are cool, classy and chic. Easy going, interested in chilling and just talking, not huge on the 'get drunk until we pass out' scene. Basically, pretty much the opposite of the average student, and waaaaaaay better to hang out with.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The party scene is outrageously huge. Especially on weekends. Frat row is generally the go to place if you would like to get hammered and party like a rock star with other equally hammered students. Nobody judges you because students behave as if getting wasted and partying hard every weekend is an admirable quality. Even if your liver is slowly wasting away. The party scene is a negative hands down. If there's not drunk students asleep on the concrete, they're on the VandyVans talking too loudly and disrupting everyone's peace or they're in your dorm hallway throwing up.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Aside from some very old academic buildings and crappy dorms, almost the entire campus facilities are superb. Everything you could want at a university. Several libraries with many places to study that are open 24/7 (which is great during exam week), decent athletic center, great events for socializing, and fun free activities and club performances. The campus is great. Vanderbilt has wonderful facilities and campus life is rewarding and refreshing.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not a Greek. And I am absolutely indifferent to them.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It honestly depends on where you live. Freshman housing is 100% perfect in terms of quality and amenities, but about 15 minutes of a walk away from main campus. And the other dorms vary. The newer or more recently renovated, the greater the amenities, spaciousness, perks and quality of the dorm. The older the dorm, the worse the rooms and facilities. The upperclassman housing are basically around the perimeter of the academic buildings and halls, so getting to the dorms isn't hard. There are limited options for housing for sophomores with most being either smack dab in the middle of the horrible frat row or in shabby, old dorms. As an upperclassman, your best option will be Morgan and Lewis (the downside being nearby the stadium, bad parking and horrible traffic on game weeks which is frequent). Your worst is Vandy Barnard (or "Barnyard" if you will).

Cost, social atmosphere, and ballots are the same no mater where you apply, so those don't really matter.

Amenities include laundry, kitchens (not fully stocked), lounges, music rooms for some dorms, etc. The best dorms have full amenities; the worst are only missing ones that aren't as necessary, but they still have the basics.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off-campus, but I have visited apartments in the area and they are wonderful. If the school had not established that ridiculous rule where you can only live off-campus if you are a senior, I am sure there would be many students with apartments off-campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Strictness is high in the wrong things. The campus is strict on honor code, going to classes, consternation with professors and the like, yet they aren't as strict on underage drinking and how LOUD the campus is on a regular basis on weekends.

Rarely do I see police officers on campus. Burglaries and muggings are frequent on and near the campus, and we don't receive conflict resolution emails so I believe there haven't been any conflict resolutions.

If students live anywhere near the freshman dorms or frats and sororities, they should find a friend who lives far from there to stay with on the weekends. The noise is INCREDIBLE. Students just don't care because the adults don't care.

In addition, there are many underage students who end up in the hospital regularly with alcohol poisoning, but the school keeps letting them off the hook, and the pattern continues.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We're not bad, we're not good. (Save for baseball!)

Team performance in general is average. We don't stand out in our division and in competitions, we don't last very long. There are some key athletes who truly deserve spotlight for being the support and foundation of the team, but because of the rest of the players, arguably, they are limited in what they can achieve. There is barely any fan support. Students will pre-game and attend the beginning of the big games and party when we win, but they rarely show up to most of the games. School spirit is high, but actual fan support is incredibly low.

Training facilities are great and open to the general public. I've used it a couple times and have to say that the equipment is not brand new, but still in great condition and safe for everyone. Master classes and other activities are available for us non-athletes or no-longer-athletes and widely used.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am in a Pre-medical program and track filled with general sciences like physics, chemistry, and biology and maths like calculus. Some examples of extra courses to take are psychology, sociology, neuroscience, and statistics. I find that the program I am in is too constricting, though I do enjoy it. These courses, though understandable that they would take much of my time, fill out my entire schedule and leave me with no room to pursue other interests in school like ceramics or new languages. Because schedules set a cap at 18 hours for all courses taken, and the sciences require labs, discussions classes, courses, and recitations (and sciences are often doubled up), most of the schedule is taken up with little room for other interesting courses. Because pre-med is not a major, we have difficulty finding a major that won't take up what little room we have left in our schedules, and many of us are limited to science majors.

The actual courses themselves are either hit or miss. Some of the teachers are absolutely excellent, but like all schools, getting into those courses is competitive and all slots are generally filled right from the start, especially if you're in a second enrollment window and make your choices last. So most of the time, you are left with either a teacher who is brutally uncaring of students' outside lives and don't have any qualms squashing them with difficult tests, extreme amounts of homework, projects, and quizzes with no curves. Or you are left with a professor who is highly intelligent, but is terrible at conveying the information to the students, leaving them frustrated and confused for the better part of the course.

College Sophomore

Majors: I have not had an internship yet, but I am excited to be a physician's intern as the years progress so that I can gain the necessary experience to prepare myself for medical school and my future career. I don't believe finding an internship would be particularly difficult as long as keep faith and work my hardest in school. I have not had any professional training positions as of yet.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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