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

Diversity: A lot of the students are the stereotypical rich, white "Vandy kids." However, recently efforts have been made to improve diversity, and the student body has changed significantly in recent years.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There isn't as wide a variety of readily accessible food options as I'd like, but I have yet to have a bad meal. All of the food is very good and made with care by nice people. The freshman meal plan makes sure that students are always fed as they make the transition to college, but the freshman 15 is not nearly the problem it is made out to be.

4 College Junior

Academics: Vandy's a grade A school because it's challenging, but the professors are will to help you with any needs you have. I definitely have found it hard most times, but of course there are always those easier random classes that are fun to take and raise your GPA.

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3 College Junior

Computers: Not all the computers are equipped to handle all kinds of word documents, so it's kind of hard to convert from your computer sometimes.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The freshmen dorms are great, but once you become an upperclassman, it's not that great. Small spaces, smelly atmospheres, thin doors.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many great restaurants by campus. The hillsboro area has lots of one of kind local restuarants especially good for lunch/brunch. West End has more chains and lots of upscale places that are great for dinner.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: It's Nashville so there's always tons of stuff to do off campus but people don't normally go and do it because there is so much happening on campus. Greek life is huge and there always tons of things going on with that but other groups also put on lots of events on campus and the university gets lots of interesting speakers to come.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms are brand new beautiful but all of the upper classmen dorms are from the 60s. Most people live on campus all 4 years and your junior and senior years you can live in dorms that are apartment style with their own kitchens and bathrooms.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Everyone starts out on commons which offers the nicest housing and amenities on campus. Freshman dorms are all redone and/or brand new and have everything you could need and more. Softmore year and up housing gets a little sketchy in terms of how nice the dorms are. Vanderbilt guarantees four years of housing which is very nice. Somethings you'll notice as a student at Vanderbilt is that even though the housing gets worse the older you get, the leniency and location get better. Commons is great but RAs are strict and its pretty far removed from main campus. Softmore housing at Branscomb is right in the middle of everything and people seem to have a lot more fun and freedom.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Vanderbilt has something to do every night of the week. The over 21 crowd usually frequents downtown Nashville and streets like Broadway which are teeming with music and students looking to to have a great time. If you are under 21 Demonbreun offers a few bars that are usually still awesome for a cover charge. Demonbreun also partners with Fraternities to host special events that include cheaper cover charge if you're under 18 and cheaper drinks if you're not. Big nights for the bars include tuesday and thursday where students start with big pre-games on campus and head out after. On the weekends Frat parties are dominate and always a blast. Between Nashville and Frat row its hard to be bored as a Vanderbilt student.

5 College Senior

Academics: Extremely difficult. Vanderbilt, unlike the rest of top 20 schools (minus Princeton, where my brother goes) have grade deflation. Engineering, by far is the most difficult to get a good GPA, I believe a 2.8 is slightly higher than the average engineer. Some majors are able to pass by through with good GPA's, but you still have to be truly brilliant. There's very few dumb people here. Everyone came here with 4.0's and 30 ACTs, so expect getting a few B's and even some C's.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: Men's football and basketball are really fun. There is definitely a change in the way that students are supporting athletics. They're becoming a bigger deal now!

5 College Freshman

Majors: I'm a double major in Human and Organizational Development and Economics, and I feel like I'm being well prepared for whatever job I end up pursuing. All HOD majors are required to complete an internship for a semester before graduation, so of course you'll receive a lot of experience before even getting your degree. Typically, Vandy students don't have a lot of trouble finding internships just because of the school's reputation.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman housing is great, but the upperclassman housing is not as good. Basically, freshmen are spoiled. However, they are in the process of rebuilding Kissam, which should be ready in 2016, and it's supposed to be really nice.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: There is always so much to do on campus: the biggest problem when it comes to the social scene is deciding what NOT to do. There are always shows to attend-- plays, acapella groups performing, concerts in Nashville, musicians at local venues just to name a few... Every weekend, students receive "Weekend @ Vandy" emails highlighting the events happening that weekend, and it's always filled with formals, fundraising events, movie screenings, and more.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: It rains here a lot more than expected, so be prepared with rainboots and an umbrella. Also, many classes can be up to a 15 minute walk from the dorms, so when the weather is bad, the walks to class are pretty miserable. However, when it's not rainy or cold, it's BEAUTIFUL outside.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Computers are good and up to date-- nothing spectacular, though. There are always free computers for use: both macs and PCs.

3 College Senior

Transportation: It really depends on what kind of transportation you mean. We have a VandyVan shuttle on campus that moves students from place to place on campus, but it only runs from 5Pm to 5aM, when people have a chance of getting raped or attacked. The public transportation system in Nashville is decent, but relatively undeveloped compared to that of New York. I think the average of the two would be a B+.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I would say the off campus housing here is pretty good. A lot of the apartments off campus actually cost less than housing on campus. Normally Vanderbilt wants students to stay on campus for at least their first three years of college, but because of the closing of Kissam Quad in 2012, we have had a shortage of available rooms for all students, so the administration had to let students live off campus even if they are not seniors.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Part of the SEC so even if Vandy is not having a great year the visiting teams are tops in the country.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Nashville has so much to offer from pro sports to music. Many activities on campus.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is incredibly limited. Permit costs are high and you aren't allowed to have a car freshman year (although some people get around this by getting a permit to a garage in one of the nearby hotels). Driving to class is not really an option as most students live on campus and there is no parking near most classroom buildings. Having a car is great if you have an internship or want to explore Nashville, but definitely not a necessity.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life completely dominates Vandy, especially for girls. 50% of girls join sororities, which doesn't seem like that many but in reality it overwhelms the social scene. Greeks love being Greek.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It's rare to get off campus, especially if you are a freshman. not many things are conveniently located within walking or biking distance. However after freshman year, if you bring a car, you can more easily enjoy the Nashville city scene which is pretty vibrant if you're looking for nightlife. There are always concerts if you can get to them.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms, called The Commons, are the best dorms I have seen offered to freshman. The buildings that make up The Commons are either newly built or recently renovated. The upperclassman options, like Towers, Highland, or Branscomb are great options for upperclassman because of the apartment style rooms.

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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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