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

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very Safe – You will always see the VUPD patrolling in their cars. Vanderbilt is really good at informing the students of any security issues, even small ones. Most of the incidents happen off campus. On campus, you will never feel a threat of any kind. If you forget to lock your door before leaving or leave your laptop in the lobby of your dorm for a while, you will find everything just the way you left it.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Separated but There – There are a lot of minority students, but they are often separated from everyone else. People mostly just stick to their own cultural groups. The majority of students are affluent white kids.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Mostly Alcohol – Alcohol is more widely-used and popular than any drugs at Vanderbilt, in my opinion. People go to the frats any night of the week to drink, and often pregame in their apartments. I have seen limited marijuana usage on campus, but I personally have not seen anyone using hard drugs.

Drinking is overall more accepted on campus, and the police officers do not give drunk students trouble, unless they are a danger to themselves or others.

5 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Vanderbilt is situated in a temperate region. The summers are to die for. During the school year, fall is beautiful, winter is short, and spring is long and lush. The weather is perfectly temperate. It snows no more than about 2 inches in the winter, which is beautiful, but it doesn't stick around too long. It rains in the spring typically once a week, but the weather is gorgeous and everything is green! Vandy campus is a national arboretum with over 500 species of trees! It's amazing!

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5 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Administration Goes Above and Beyond – The school goes above and beyond to have seminars, lectures, courses, and training for drug and alcohol safety. Despite it all, kids will be kids and there will always be issues with irresponsibility. But the school does more than it honestly has to.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Feels Safe, but Lots of Crime Reports – The campus feels incredibly safe. It's in a relatively gentrified area of town. The campus is closed, with no roads running through its acreage. It feels safe.
However, it corners some busy roads, and there are many crime reports sent to our emails about robbery's, sexual assaults, and things of that nature. They typically happen to women when they are alone walking somewhere, or in the parking garage by themselves. Some minority will brandish a knife or gun, or cop a feel and run. Sometimes they'll pull out a gun, punch you, take your wallet or purse and run.
But it feels incredibly safe. I promise. Considering the student traffic, it's not surprising there aren't more incidents. Use your head, think smart, and don't be stupid and you'll never, ever have a problem!

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Great Athletic Program! Vanderbilt has a ton of top varsity sports teams, from football and baseball, to cross country and track, to lacross and swimming. The list is endless. Intramural sports are strong both within the Greek community and independently organized. There are endless games to attend and school spirit is generally pretty amazing!

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5 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Amazing Aid – This school has hands down the smoothest financial aid process of any I have come across. You fill out and submit appropriate forms, and, within a few weeks, you get a letter detailing your eligibility for a ton of money. AND- it's money that you don't have to pay back. GANGSTA money.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Best Technology – The whole campus is equipped with high-speed wireless internet. Each library has an multiple computer labs with all the necessary printers, scanners, and media equipment for academic and personal work. Reliability has never been an issue. Printing under 30 pages at the Biomedical library is free of charge. Everywhere else it is roughly 5 cents per sheet.
The tech centers are more than helpful as well.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshmen Have It Made; Upperclassmen Not So Much – Students are spoiled their 1st year by living on the Commons; after that it's a crapshoot.

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1 College Freshman

Diversity: Although Vandy is making a concerted effort to change this; there is still a lot of room for improvement.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Getting Better – Athletics really have improved over the past couple of years. We've gone from being the basement of the SEC every year to being way more competitive. We've made two bowl games in the past four years (and won one) and our new coach is an excellent recruiter. Our basketball team won the SEC championship this year, and was only one of two teams in the country that beat the eventual NCAA champions Kentucky. Our baseball team made the College World Series last year.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Great Food – Nashville food is amazing. So much deliciousness. There is so much to choose from, and a lot of the restaurants are on the commodore card, which is great. The meal plan comes with meal money that can be spent at these participating restaurants, so it's great to go out and explore the food scene.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: It's so hard to find parking, I've gotten four tickets this past month! Freshman can't drive, so they either have to park a couple streets over from the commons on 17th or take taxis, borrow cars, and walk.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: So Much Fun – Fun fraternity parties every weekend, with a substantial amount of bar going as well. Tuesday and Thursday nights are big bar nights too, with most people going to Sportsman's on Tuesdays and to Demonbreun or downtown on Thursdays. Most people get cabs to go to bars, which usually don't cost too much and can be paid with on your commodore card.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Girls a+, Guys B – the girls are beautiful but the boys leave a bit more to be desired. the girls are all pretty driven, eager to be best at everything, school, extra-curriculars, and looking good. the gym is always crowded. the guys are fine, but nowhere near as good-looking as the girls. average guys tend to grow big egos though because they are always getting beautiful girls

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Even though Nashville is a southern city, you'll find much more than fried chicken and country-style dinning options. Nashville has a young atmosphere and that is well reflected in the variety of restaurants surrounding the Vanderbilt area. Hillsbourgh village offers smaller, more college-friendly options (by cost and attire) such as bars, quick-dinning sushi at Zumi, and all-america style places like Jacksons, Cabana, and Sunset Grill. While no places that I know of offer consistent student discounts, several of the places in this Hillsbourgh area take the "vanderbilt card"-- students love this. The Downtown area known as the Gulch offers relatively more fine-dinning options. Along west-end, there are several family-style restaurants like Amerigo's and Bricktops, or a large-group favorite like Goten habachi. Historical favorites are also spotted throughout Nashville, such as the speak-easy Patternson House, which despite its high drinks prices, has the absolute best drinks and bartenders in town. Vegetarians, adventure-hunters, and rich Vandy alumni's will all enjoy a little taste of Nashville.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of Variety – Taste of Nashville provides an opportunity to eat off-campus without having to use "real" money. There's something within walking distance for just about anyone. There are several local favorites, like Noshville, as well as bigger chain restaurants if you need something familiar.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Definitely a Walking Campus – Tennessee's public transportation system is pretty lacking. There are MTA buses, so if you don't have a car, you do have that option. Vandy also started renting Zip Cars.
The Vandy Vans don't start running until 4pm, so don't expect to catch a ride to class. Everyone (and I mean everyone) walks here. The campus isn't huge, but you may want to get a bike or skateboard if you have classes on the opposite ends of campus (or two different "campuses").

4 College Senior

Facilities: Great and Getting Better! Vandy's facilities are absolutely wonderful and they are getting better! They are currently in the process of building an indoor football practice field and indoor track. It will take the place of the Recreation Center and all students are allowed to use it.

2 College Senior

Weather: Nashville's weather is the craziest weather I have ever seen. One day it is sunny and warm, the next it is snowing. Also, be prepared for snow! It snows here and it gets VERY cold. But other than that, the weather isn't all that bad.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Dining Is OK – Dining around Vandy is pretty standard. You have Chili's and TGI Friday's, which are the standard dining spots. But you also have many more restaurants that offer ethnic cuisine.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Nashville Is Great! Vanderbilt is located in the heart of downtown Nashville, so there is so much to do not only around campus, but also on campus as well! If you want to attend a football game, the school is located down the street from the Titans' Stadium. Also, pretty much every big concert is held right on campus.

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Fine, Nothing Special – There aren't that many options for dining at Vandy, although if you get creative, you can stay pretty satisfied. The best places in my opinion are the Commons Dining Hall, which has several different choices from a salad bar to Chinese food, and Chef James, which has a different hot entree each day. Although healthy eating isn't the easiest, with a little bit of effort and planning, it's definitely possible. I recommend trying to live off campus, that way you can avoid the meal plan altogether and eat what you want!

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Don't Get Caught – It is easy to skate by all 4 years without getting in trouble for breaking any rules at Vanderbilt, though rules are broken all the time. Fraternity hazing happens every year, despite lectures, promises, and stricter rules enforcing severe consequences. However, it continues to occur. Fraternities face strict punishments when they are caught, which has led to several fraternities getting kicked off campus in the recent years, changing the social and Greek dynamic of the 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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