Location
Nashville, TN
Undergrads
6,731
Tuition
$42,118
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: the police do a great job and everything but lately we've had a few weird occurances that have been kept under wraps such as buglaries and a few armed robberies that occur at night, but those are easy to avoid if you're smart and you don't walk on the outskirts of campus by yourself at night. also, the student health center knows what they're talking about but they take forever and making appointments is kind of a hassle. however, there IS a hospital in the middle of campus.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Athletics: All of our teams are getting a lot better, and because our school community is so close it's hard not to support the kids that play on the teams because they're your friends outside of the classroom too. We have sooo much school spirit it's kind of scary sometimes, and if game attendance is low, it's probably because we all just tailgated too hard before it and are at some bar somewhere watching it on TV, too tired to keep standing after dancing on elevated surfaces for four hours. Also, we have a really athletic student body so the facilities are used often by everyone. The rec has great machines, and especially for girls, there's a gym above commons that is referred to as the "Estrogym" as it's full of treadmills, stationary bikes, and ellipticals.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Especially as a freshman, the walking-distance Hillsboro Village is full of really yummy places such as Fido (taylor swift's favorite, i also see the Nashville stars there all the time), Zumi (best sushi ever), Cabana (holy yum), Jacksons, Frugals (nashville neccessity) and so many more cute little places. We also have bagels and satco and like bricktops and pf changs and PM and like literally everything you can think of and it's all super easy to get to and super delicious, and more often then not, places to eat, even off campus, is on "the card," an infamous piece of plastic that works as a credit card that webasically just treat as monopoly money- (until your parents get the first bill).

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Vanderbilt is the best place on the planet but I think that it really is meant for a certain type of person. Vanderbilt is characterized by a "work hard play hard" motto which has literally summed up my experience here thus far. Monday-thursday I don't get much sleep and I pretty much spend all of my time in class, doing homework, or participating in the many extracurriculars that everyone here is involved in, and it's all intriguing and stimulating and interesting. But very hard. Then, thursday night happens and for the next three days no one gives their homework a second thought. It's all the fun of a huge party school with all of the rigor and academic achievement of a top 20 school. It's a perfect balance.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Vanderbilt usually is known for giving out incredibly generous financial aid

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The girls are usually friendly? I don't know. Most everyone is friendly

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I think I like it more everyday. The academics and opportunities and friendly atmosphere are really nice to be around.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing gets worse as you get older, which is disappointing. But generally housing isn't so bad.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car because first-years cannot bring one so I'm not familiar with the whole system but I hear it's difficult to deal with

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Athletics: We're not the best but we do have a lot of school pride here

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Generally speaking it's a really beautiful and well kept campus

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Computers: Technology is generally fine here; although we don't use it in the classroom very much which is disappointing.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Nashville's awesome. It is hard to get around though.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's definitely a big thing here. Only chapter officials live in the houses - but they're nice.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: It gets a little repetitive but i think it's a lot better than what they have at other schools

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Academics: The workload is challenging and the professors are passionate. Getting into classes is sometimes difficult

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Academics: Lots of opportunities for internships and research. You have to put in the effort if you want the action though.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of options but difficult to get to because Vanderbilt deters students from having a car.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Most kids are white, upper class, heterosexual, and conservative.

8 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not part of Greek life but I definitely do not feel excluded. Many of my friends take part in it, and I still hangout with them as much as I do with my friends who are not in Greek life.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Our main campus student centers and dining halls are all brand new and renovated which give a nice vibe for students.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They give 100% of demonstrated need in financial aid and also give scholarships but I've found that sometimes this is still not enough.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Computers: Most computer labs have Macs that run both windows and mac programs.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is someone for everyone here, some kids date and some hookup, its all about meeting the right person. Mostly people here are just interested in meeting friends, friends with benefits are popular too.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Like any school, drugs are available the select few that seek them out. Some kids smoke pot but that is pretty much it. There are plenty of people who go out and don't drink, and people don't care and respect that.

1 person 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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