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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It All Depends on Your Luck – The cost is INSANELY expensive, but the perks of living on campus are worth it (not that you have much of a choice). The dorms on the Commons are amazing and are definitely the best on campus. Sophomores don't have the best choices; you get placed in Kissam (old but not as bad as people say), Branscomb (party dorm), a house or Alumni lawn (definitely the best single option), or if you're lucky, you can get Morgan or Mayfield. These are all a serious downgrade from the Commons, but the location makes up for it. The housing process is interesting, but it all comes down to luck. It's easy to change if you really hate where you end up, especially if your parents are involved. The four year on-campus rule is stupid, but it promotes a really tight-knit student body.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Every time there is a crime anywhere near Vanderbilt, every student gets an email warning. I have heard of maybe one or two people getting things stolen when they leave their doors unlocked, but it is definitely not prevalent. The campus is very safe; I always see cops patrolling and there are Emergency buttons all around the campus. There are security guards at the doors of almost all of the dorms on the weekends and at night, and all dorms require a student ID to enter. Personal safety is not something to worry about at Vanderbilt.

College Freshman

Campus Housing: Take all this with a grain of salt: With the implementation of the Commons, freshmen live like kings but are brought back down to reality when they are forced to live in Kissam the next year. If you are a lucky sophomore, you will get to live in Branscomb quad.

College Freshman

Campus Housing: Avoid Kissam. Freshman dorms are great and have all just been built or renovated within the past couple years. Branscomb is good for sophomores and juniors.

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College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman year, it's a win-win situation. The Commons are amazing. No matter which dorm you end up in, you're bound to have a great living experience your first year at Vandy!

College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The dining here is just plain awful. If you have allergies, don't be convinced by the 'allergy accomodations.' Honestly, nearly everytime I eat at the dining hall I get sick. If you're a celiac especially, you may want to try somewhere else first or ask them about exempting you from the meal plan. I've been asking for months, and hopefully next semester goes better. **knock on wood**

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Facilities: There are great facilities. Vanderbilt has a lot of money and has made everything really nice, especially the student center.

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Facilities: All of our facilities are nice, clean, and modern.

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Facilities: The recreation center is really nice. It's large, and there is a lot to do. Computer labs are pretty good. The labs in the engineering building and on Peabody are the best, though. Vanderbilt is a very scenic school, so just about everywhere you go is really nice.

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Facilities: Vanderbilt gets nicer every semester I'm here-there is always a new, gorgeous building.

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Facilities: They recently completed remodeling many of the athletic facilities for varsity athletes, and the Recreational Center is very nice with a great workout room. We get new equipment frequently, and we have five squash courts, outdoor and indoor tracks, four basketball courts, a climbing wall, and a pool.

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Facilities: The facilities on campus are beautiful. Because of the school's enormous endowment, they are able to continually build new buildings and renovate old ones.It is very rare that you will find yourself in an architecturally unappealing or dated building.

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Facilities: We have an amazing gym. I never even worked out before Vandy. I just love the facilities.

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Facilities: Our campus is really nice. For what we pay, it better be! Everything is pretty new and very trendy. I love everything about the campus!

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Facilities: The student Rec Center is a world class facility with its racquetball and squash courts, weight room, indoor/outdoor swimming pools, and track fields. The student center is the students' playground anchored by the dining hall, bookstore, and other campus organization offices. These facilities are state-of-the-art and now employ the wireless network on campus.

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Facilities: The Rec Center is amazing, and it provides great workout machines. It's often crowded, though. Go at off-peak hours. There are also good classes for yoga and aerobics. There is a movie theater on campus that shows movies-not brand new movies, but before-they-go-to-rental movies. There is an art gallery in the student center and art studios where they offer classes for a fee. The student center is where the dining hall is. It's a very central and busy part of campus. That's also the location of the bookstore and the mail room.

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Facilities: Everything is top-notch. Vandy's got tons of money, and the people in charge put lots of it into having a nice Rec Center, computer facilities, and libraries.

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Facilities: The student recreation center is great, but good luck trying to get a treadmill during sorority rush rounds.

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Facilities: I love all the facilities except the laundry rooms. They're always crowded, the machines are broken, and it costs two bucks a load. But I guess that's the price you pay for four channels of HBO.

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Facilities: Facilities are awesome and state-of-the-art. The campus is gorgeous.

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Facilities: The facilities are all very good. They are constantly improving on the places that aren't.

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Facilities: The facilities are really good. The Rec Center has everything you could want. The classrooms are good; computers are up-to-date. I have no complaints.

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Campus Dining: Cafeteria food is good, except you get tired of eating it every day. Villa Pizza has really good food, and everyone really takes this for granted.

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Campus Dining: Rand isn't that bad, even though people talk bad about it all the time.

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Campus Dining: Food ranges from gross to barely edible. Freshman food is horrible. I ate salads the entire first year because it was the only decent thing.


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Christopher McDonald
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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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