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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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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Vandy doesn't give out many full-rides, but they guarantee 100% demonstrated need-based aid, and they really follow through. So, don't let the price scare you, Vanderbilt will give you what you need without having to take out loans.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Computers: Fantastic Wireless – You can literally get wifi anywhere on campus, even the back corner of the basement of the science center... great coverage.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Expensive and Same Price for Each Kind of Housing – expensive. Good housing for freshman but the ones for upperclassmen vary in quality.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Really Attractive – I have yet to see a non-attractive female of any sort.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Parking: Student parking is typical, in a parking garage with a specific spot and the prices are pretty good. There is plenty of parking areas surrounding campus as well so if you are a commuter you won't have a long walk to class.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Social Life – Vanderbilt has a specific student look and dress. Everyone pretty much wears similar clothing and have same interests. However, there is room for divisity. Everyone on campus is really open to change and accepts all students!

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Great Housing – The pricing of the dorms and atmoshphere are all great! The best living situation is the freshmen housing. The social atmoshpere is excellent and makes a great first year experience to college.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They claim they give all students some money but this isn't true. I know my family, and two friends who are all minorities did not receive financial aid and all of us have two children in college. I also know of students who receive plenty so it really could go either way.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Good but Tiring – The Freshman area of campus is host to the better, in my opinion dining hall. The choices are rotated and there are always a lot of options except for the on the weekends. There is a lot to eat from here of the various "munchie marts" on campus. The "upperclass" dining area called Rand is a bit more traditional and the food choices are mediocre but still good. I know there will be more additions in the future. I think 14 meals a week is sufficient for upperclassmen.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The majority of students do Arts and Sciences however the other schools, Peabody, Engineering, and Blair Music are very good. The courses are very rigorous and sometimes demanding but we have some of the most qualified professors. The ones I had will almost always be available to help and going to class is worth it.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms at Vanderbilt are great but it goes downhill from there. This may not stay true for long because of the new housing initiatives on campus that will bring about massive renovation to upperclassmen dormitories.

4 College Junior

Computers: The computer labs at Vanderbilt are usually available at all times. I have had no problems gaining access to a computer when I need to use one.

4 College Student

Academics: Pre-Law offers more hands-on interships and experiences to learn than any other major. The program is extremely successful, especially with those who prefer visual learning to textbook-based curriculums.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Vanderbilt has changed alot, and it can be seen from the upperclassmen to the freshman last year. While those who recently graduated seemed to fit the stereotype well, the younger classes greatly strayed away from it (likely due to the schools new attempt/success at achieving diversity on campus). I have met people from all types of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, with all kinds of different interests and styles, and can say that my fear of a homogeneous school was irrational. The guide autor must have wrote his segment a few years ago, before the school turned around completely. I loved my first year here, and with the admissions department increasing diversity even more, along with admission difficulty, i strongly encourage anyone who can get in to attend

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Academics: Vanderbilt has changed alot, and it can be seen from the upperclassmen to the freshman last year. While those who recently graduated seemed to fit the stereotype well, the younger classes greatly strayed away from it (likely due to the schools new attempt/success at achieving diversity on campus). I have met people from all types of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, with all kinds of different interests and styles, and can say that my fear of a homogeneous school was irrational. The guide autor must have wrote his segment a few years ago, before the school turned around completely. I loved my first year here, and with the admissions department increasing diversity even more, along with admission difficulty, i strongly encourage anyone who can get in to attend

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Hot Hot Hot – It's hot. Summer up until 3 quarters of fall, and half of spring. Its nice; the guys appreciate underdressed girls, the girls love warm weather fashion and shades. The campus is GORGEOUS. But, frequent rain makes rainboots a necessity, and there is the bad thunderstorms, campus flooding, and tornado watches. Students never get out of class, so we have to deal with both extreme heat and bad rain. In winter, it actually gets pretty cold. Peacoats/trenchcoats necessary. A little snow, and the roads get bad easily in winter because clean up services for snow are limited. Overall, warm weather and a beautiful campus is worth it.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports events are always rewarding for the students, with prizes and special events. The students don't show much support through attendance, even though they do show much love to the athletes as individuals. Many people only really have pride in the basketball and baseball team.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Challenging but Rewarding – I am undeclared and plan to double major in communications and english. The opportunities are endless, as the professors are constantly promoting opportunities that they see fit for their students. The work load is challenging but rewarding, and truly advances you in your area of study with apparent results. It's not hard to find someone else on campus to support you and share your pasison to try and jumpstart your dreams/career

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: I was never around unaccepting people while at Vandy. Many people had traveled throughout the world volunteering etc and were accepting of all different people. However, while there are many diverse people at Vandy from all different backgrounds, people stick to their homogenous groups. It is disappointing since college should be a time to get to know all different types of people and one can easily spend all of their time with people just like themselves. The mainstream group is white and wealthy and many of the other ethnic groups refuse to mingle with this group.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Vandy Dining Is Lacking – Rand is the main cafeteria and although they finally redid it, it is still disgusting. There are not many healthy dining options with fresh food on campus. For example, one of the few on campus restaurants is a barbecue place which is definitely not good for you and is not good for eating at frequently. The only brandname dining is Quiznos which isn't great. Vanderbilt forces you to have large meal plans which is expensive so it is very disappointing that it isn't good. Furthermore, there are lots of great places off campus that are one the card so they should add more meal money into the plans to make it better for students.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Most of my classes at Vanderbilt were great. I was a psych major and loved my professors. I also had a minor in Spanish which was a very challenging department with dedicated professors. Even classes that I took solely to complete general requirements ended up being wonderful. It was a great academic experience. There is a lot of work because it is a tough school, but everyone takes their studies seriously while balancing it with fun which makes it a great atmosphere.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Not very strict. Vandy has an Amnesty on drinking so it's the best party school ever

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Vanderbilt is located in a small town next to a big city, so there's plenty of room for housing

5 College Freshman

Academics: There are all kinds of opportunities everywhere! From research at the Medical Center to internships at local radio stations to even parties everynight, there's always an opportunity to Open 'Dores to an enhanced college life and brighter future

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Vandyland: the Greatest Place on Earth – Vanderbilt is the most beautiful campus in the world, and everyone, for the most part, always looks very happy on a sunny day. Probably one of my favorite things to do when there is nice weather is to just walk around campus. It's so green and beautiful!

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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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