Location
Nashville, TN
Undergrads
6,731
Tuition
$42,118
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 964 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Senior

Drug Safety: I don't see people using...but I don't know that I would.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: There are great and challenging courses, as should be expected, but Vanderbilt does not foster a true learning environment. It is competitive and detached.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Good food and variety, but the hours of operation are not convenient for students. Also the division of the day into meal periods often restricts students from taking advantage of the meal plan.

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Vanderbilt is a beautiful place with beautiful people... on the outside. Vanderbilt is a business that is trying to maximize its revenue and increase its ranking. The students are solely concerned with GPA's and reputations on campus. The student body is not cohesive at all and breaks into cliques based on race, campus involvement and Greek Life. The Vanderbilt experience that was provided five years ago is completely non-existent today. I have had terrible experiences with Vanderbilt professors, administration, staff and students. There are redeeming qualities to the school (such as the Nashville environment) but such qualities can be found at any highly competitive University.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Nashville has a great food culture to it. Countless restaurants and cuisines to explore with more and more being built.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Usually great, but there are safety concerns with the surrounding Nashville area. Multiple incidents of robbery and assault within the past year.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Nashville has great off-campus housing options (houses, apartments, town homes, etc.) but the school refuses to approve students to live off-campus. The Residential Requirement to live on-campus is disapproved by the majority of the student body.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a fair amount of diversity across campus. It is often overshadowed by the dominant Greek scene which has little-to-no diversity.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: On-campus printing is just starting to be improved. Wifi is great across campus.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Vanderbilt offers plenty of scholarships and financial aid.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Airport is very close by which helps. Not much else in terms of public transportation though.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Nashville is the best city to be in for college. Young and hip, it has great food, music and bars. Hometown feel in an urban environment.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Good for some bad for others. Good for premed, engineering. Bad for finance.

1 College Sophomore

Majors: The economics professors at Vanderbilt all teach lecture-style classes. They are extremely challenging and place no importance on the individual student. Major advisors also show little interest in students.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Sometimes it can seem a little much, but being in Nashville forces the school to enact additional safety precautions.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Greek parties are often given special consideration. Campus is very strict about underage drinking of any kind outside fraternity parties. School is not very strict about smoking weed in dorms.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Good academics, but I would expect better from most top 20 universities. There are too many adjunct professors on campus, the class sizes are very large and professors are often concerned more with research than with teaching.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life at Vanderbilt is shallow and is only concerned with reputation. It promotes racism, anti-Semitism and is the reason many students decide to transfer. Greek life offers little to the Vanderbilt community other than great nightlife.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Weather: It can be really great for those from the North. Otherwise it is extremely unpredictable.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: SEC football is a lot of fun, but no other sport on campus gets much attention. Baseball and basketball at times, but nothing else.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Best thing about going to Vanderbilt. You will never be bored.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: We aren't top 20 for no reason.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not Greek and I'm happy with that decision. But I understand why many are...it's a way of life.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Literally can't get better than Nashville.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I'm not sure of specifics, but like I said before, basically everyone lives 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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