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Nashville, TN
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6,731
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$42,118
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 979 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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2 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Overbearing – Drinking is clearly visible on main campus. The school has made several strides to curve underage drinking. One of these includes having freshman campus separate from main campus and dry (meaning no alcohol allowed with zero tolerance policy) as well as having faculty living in all freshman dorms. The crowd that one hangs out with has a huge impact on their drug and alcohol experience, but drugs and alcohol are heavy in greek life.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Cabs Galore – Hailing a cab is quite easy in Nashville, but there isn't much in the way of public transportation. Luckily, walking around Nashville is easy and everything is within an attainable distance.

5 College Junior

Majors: Amazing Prep for Grad Schools – Vanderbilt University has definitely prepared me for my future. I plan to get my doctorate in Conservation Biology and pursue a career in biodiversity planning and design in damaged/destroyed ecosystems (a mouthful, I know). My professors and deans have gone out of their way to find opportunities to improve my chances if getting into grad school and offer any help with academics or anything else. My job is rare, but with the education and experience I'm getting at Vandy, my chances of getting a job in my field is much higher than most.

5 College Junior

Majors: Small Yet Powerful – The Earth and Environmental Science program is wee but mighty. There are currently 23 undergrad students enrolled in the program. However, the small major greatly works to your advantage. Professors get to know you on a first name basis and do extra work so that you may be successful. I plan to go to Antarctica next semester to work on groundbreaking research with 2 professors and a couple other students. If it weren't for the professors getting to know me (I'm pretty shy), I wouldn't be doing anything like this. I love my major and the professors!

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4 College Junior

Majors: Research and Internships Available – I had an internship this summer, but I had to find it on my own. However, from working hard and getting good grades, I was offered a research position in my major at Vanderbilt. I am currently assisting in groundbreaking research that will hopefully allow me to be published before I graduate. I strongly encourage everyone to get to know their professors and get involved. Although I do not get paid, the experience and opportunity to be published is totally worth it.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Get Involved!! My experience at school has been phenomenal! This is partially because I absolutely love my choice in school, but also because I got involved. I joined Zeta Tau Alpha and I participate in WilSkills and Vanderbilt Prison Project. By being involved, I get to do really neat activities and meet really awesome people. Vanderbilt also goes out of their way to create activities to involve all students and reach out to everyone. I would definitely choose my school any day, but I would be involved in more clubs if I could start over.

5 College Junior

Majors: A Lot of Work, but Worth It – Getting into a major at Vanderbilt is a long process, but the process and work that goes into it makes you think about whether it is the major you really want to be in. In the end, it is totally worth it because it either strengthens or makes you rethink your chosen major.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Monsoon Sreason – Lots and lots of rain, aw well as being very humid

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Not the Best Option – Off campus housing can be difficult to find especially for a college student without a full time job, besides the fact that you have to get permission to live off campus. on campus housing is a much better option.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: The Most Fun You'll Have. Ever. Options for everyone, you can go to bars or clubs or frat parties, or just have dorm parties. Many popular bars do not charge cover, and are filled with college students. Frats host nights at local bars/clubs to make it all Vanderbilt students which is great since you won't get any Nashville locals. Frat parties are on Friday or Saturday nights, and people hit the bars on Thursdays and Tuesdays.

3 College Junior

Parking: Not Much Need for a Car – Because Nashville is a city, there isn't much need for a car since we take cabs everywhere if needed. Parking is ok, there are two main garages, one much closer than the other but more expensive. If you just get general parking passes and not for a garage (upperclassmen) you may have trouble finding a place to park. But tickets aren't given very often unless you are parked in a place you're clearly not supposed to. The price is probably average compared to other schools, and you could make it cheaper by choosing parking areas farther away that are less desirable.

4 College Junior

Weather: Every season is beautiful. Early summer and fall is super warm until around late October. The winters are not bad at all, hardly snows, this year we didn't get snow on the ground at all which I loved. But when it does get super cold or snows, professors may cancel classes since the south doesn't know how to handle snow. Rains a good deal and downpours, but only lasts like 2 days at a time and is quickly followed by sun. We have tornado watches a lot, but have yet to experience an actual tornado any place close.

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3 College Senior

Weather: Tornado Alley – The weather is fairly mild: not too much snow in the winter, doesn't get very hot until after school is out for the summer. However, Nashville gets pretty violent thunderstorms in the spring and these are often accompanied by tornado warnings which can throw a wrench in plans.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Vandy Bubble – Vanderbilt is located in the heart of Nashville, so there are lots of things to do. However, most people don't venture far from campus for some reason. A lot of students jokingly call campus the 'Vandy Bubble' because students hardly ever do things not associated with the school. On the weekends and Thursday nights, several students go to the bars downtown, but that is pretty much it.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Fair and Appropriate Consequences – Punishments for drinking alcohol on commons are pretty fair. Most of the time, you will just get a warning, but you have to go through a few talks with Student Conduct and your area coordinator.

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.

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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.

12 people found this useful Report
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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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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