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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Economically, because of how financial aid works here, everyone is either on one side of the spectrum or the other. Everyone is either pretty wealthy, or not wealthy at all, without many people in the middle. Vandy prides itself on aid but expects middle-income families to struggle in order to pay to go to school here and many decide not to make that sacrifice, however, in low income families, Vandy is very eager to help out. In all other categories though, vandy is pretty divers.e

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5 College Freshman

Nightlife: There's something to do almost every night with the biggest nights being Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, (sometimes wednesdays depending on your scene). Very inclusive and tons of fun. Mostly frat parties but thursdays revolve around the bar scene (sometimes saturday nights on broadway), and there aretons of bars in nashville.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: everything is useful and pretty.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Literally just don't be an idiot.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman housing is among the best in the country as you basically live in a spacious hotel, but as the years progress housing gets worse. Most sophomores live in Branscomb right now and everyone else either lives in the mayfields or towers or off campus until new kissam opens and then everyone will want to live there. Depending on how that looks, housing for upperclassmen might be better.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Personally, I decided to participate in Greek Life and i love it but if you choose not to, you won't lose friends because of it, and if you do, it's probably weird people anyway who are trying to prove to themselves that they're awesome. It's a little harder for guys to find their place and a lot more determinate of their social lives, but as far as girls are concerned that are planning to go through recruitment, they will for sure find a place and girls that they love unless they do something really stupid to mess it up. fraternity parties are pretty much the gut of the social scene at vandy but for girls, even if you aren't greek you can totally take part. greeks throw events all the time and are really involved in community service. i'm not non-greek so i don't really know what they think about us but i think everyone realizes that everyone has a place where they fit in and everyone can make that decision on their own without being judged. only 6 people live in each house and they're all officers which is cool because even if your friends aren't in the same organization as you, you can still live together and see them all the time.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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4 College Freshman

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

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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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