Nashville, TN
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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Ther are very convenient Vandy Vans that run from 5pm tp 5am all around campus to provide safe transportation. The public bus system is free for students (so are the Vandy Vans) and there are routes that go near a Target, Walmart, and Goodwill.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Although the freshman dorms are "dry", many students go to other dorms to party. Weed and alchohol seem to be the two main drugs used. I find that drugs/achohol are very easy to avoid. It depends on who you hang out with. Even my friends who do more of that kind of thing are completely accepting when I say that I'm not interested. I also also know a number of people who don't drink or do drugs at all.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I recieved enough financial aid so that with a couple outside scholarships Vanderbilt is very affordable. The school doesn't offer very many opportunities for merit aid, but Vanderbilt had a large endowment so they can afford to offer good financial aid packages.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I don't know but you can call the Language department for guidance.

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5 College Junior

Academics: I answered this earlier. I am proud to be a doctoral student at Vanderbilt. The workload is flexible and the resources are the best. Vanderbilt Nursing is phasing out its bachelor program and offering bridge programs for those who want to aggressively pursue a Master level study. They offer a seamless transition from the Master to the DNP or the research arm of the PhD program.

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4 College Junior

Academics: I only know about the nursing programs. Vanderbilt has a passion for educating nurses at a high level of knowledge and clinical excellence. It has recognized the need for doctorate level studies to further develop the influence the nursing profession has at the health policy and patient advocacy level.
Our country is facing some difficult times and the doctor ally prepared nurse has much to offer for the quality of healthcare access and perhaps changing the way healthcare is delivered.
Vanderbilt has recognized the importance Health information Technology. Their systems are the best with the most superb technical gurus.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: The Green Dot organization was established to provide safety for women threatened with physical and sexual abuse. It is centrally managed with outreach safe havens located through out the urban and suburban communities.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Vanderbilt has a reputation as of academic excellence. It surpasses many universities because of its rich resources in its libraries, research opportunities and commitment to health and welfare.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Nashville is a pretty popular place. There are plenty of things within walking distance, and then more choices within a 5minute bus or car ride. Price ranges all over the place from cheap fast food to top notch steak houses and such.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe on campus. There are multiple emergency stations placed throughout the campus in case of an incident. Often times I see Campus Security stop through the libraries at night or driving around campus. They will walk/drive you to your location if it is after dark and you are alone.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of great restaurants, many within walking distance of Vandy. The restaurants in Hillsborough Village especially are very convenient. People love Fido, a cafe that Taylor Swift frequents. If you have a car, there is amazing barbeque in downtown Nashville, and Loveless Cafe is a must.

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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Both Vanderbilt and Nashville nightlife are amazing. Because it's a residential campus, most of the parties happen on-campus, making them easy to hear about, easy to find, and easy to get to. Also, VUPD does not care at all about underage drinking, more about safety, so there's really no worries about partying as a freshman or sophomore. Frat row dominates the party scene on weekends, although many suites in Towers/Highland host parties on the weekends as well.
Nashville nightlife is also fantastic. There is always a ton of live music and dancing downtown at the strip (what else would you expect from Music City USA). There is also a huge variety in the types of bars and clubs to attend. Nashville as a city probably has the best nightlife of any city in the South, with the exception of New Orleans of course.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are a number of impressive services offered by the school. The career center does an excellent job working with students, and the programming board works to plan a number of activities on campus. Because Vanderbilt is somewhat unique as a completely residential college, campus life is relatively centralized on-campus, which makes it very easy to find out what's going on and find something to do.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is very expensive, but is to be expected in Nashville. Freshman can't have a car on campus, although it's easy enough to keep a car parked near campus on several streets with free parking if absolutely necessary. Having a car certainly isn't necessary, but is a great convenience. It's relatively easy to get a parking permit as a sophomore and above.

5 College Senior

Facilities: Music scene is great! great student involvement and religous life opportunites.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: The dining options are expensive, but very accessible and diverse.

3 College Senior

Diversity: People are mostly accepting of all religions and backgrounds, but Christians get a bad rap soemtimes.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: At first, you're just starstruck at everything. However, there isn't much to do in walking distance of vandy. You have to take a cab or bus to go to the mall, and it takes roughly 30 minutes by bus to get to a mall that is very close.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are cops everywhere, but they also don't interfere with your daily routine. There are also these blue lit towers that allows you to call the cops if you want a walking escort late at night.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: They are all gorgeous. Plus, there is a wide range of girls and guys here. Everyone dresses to impress, and it's fairly easy making friends.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: The freshmen class come in eager and accomplished. If they stay focused they usually succeed. The upperclassmen are somewhat apathetic since the pressure to stay in school and excel is not as rigorous as the pressure/competition to be accepted.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: You can around the world in terms of eating options off campus. West End Avenue has over 20 choices alone spanning fast food to pizza to upscale restaurants. Several establishments were featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive ins, and Dives show in 2011-2012. They are student friendly where students also work; the hours are flexible; the cost is reasonable; and the atmosphere is fun.

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1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: http://www.insidevandy.com/opinion/article_67f1bd52-167e-11e2-aa2a-001a4bcf6878.html

A Review on the Vanderbilt Greek Scene that everyone should see.

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1 College Sophomore

Majors: I am Pre-Nursing. There is no Nursing Major. The school has very few ways to prepare one for any nursing school other than Vanderbilt School of Nursing. There is a pre-nursing society, and 3-2 program. In the 3-2 program you finish your junior year(and the required prereqs) and then transfer into Vandy School of Nursing. But if you want to go to a different school of nursing you're basically screwed.

1 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The majority of the guys and girls on campus can be filtered into elitist, 1%, bros and sorority girls. People don't go out(even for class or studying) unless they look top-notch, leaving a crippling pressure on campus to constantly reach unattainable physical perfection. Social life revolves around the greek scene, which creates this aforementioned, inescapable culture on campus.

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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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