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Nashville, TN
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6,731
Tuition
$42,118
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 1003 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Junior

Majors: Good starting salary. All depends how you pair it. HOD should be great for years to come

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: REgistering parties and beer rules is pretty asss

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Some really nice new buildings. Wish they didnt make you stay on campus

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: tons of restaurants to choose from. incredible scene

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Vandy alums like to hire vanderbilt students

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Highest quality of professors around, for the most part

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: wish theyd let more students go off campus

4 College Junior

Majors: I like it, wish there were some more business-centered classes in HOD, but thats what I take MGRL classes for I guess

3 College Junior

Majors: Peabody College is easier to get into than the rest of them, which is nice

3 College Junior

Academics: HOD is growing. Being taken more seriously

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Nashville is great place to go to school

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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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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