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

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: I've seen no problems with this.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Unfortunately, a lot of students miss out on varsity sport games because they are "too busy" with other things.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: I'll pick this over Illinois weather every day all day.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is "diversity" (goodness I hate that word), but most different "groups" segment themselves off.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: 97% of students live on campus all four years, so I think it's pretty great.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel like this could always improve in some ways.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: It's easy and usually cheap to get around town--even free if you're a walker.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is cheaper, nicer and just as convenient. There are several apartment complexes that are a shorter walk to classroom buildings than many of the dormitories. Highly recommended.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Athletics: The fan culture at Vanderbilt has undergone enormous intensification in my four years. Football, baseball and basketball are becoming especially popular, but it is still nowhere near the level of many bigger schools.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Computers: My laptop broke over a year ago, and I've yet to replace it. The campus provides laptops and iPads to students through the library loan system, and there are plenty of labs available. The only major inconvenience is the cost of printing, as the one free printing location has been removed. When the price tag on an education is as high as it is at Vanderbilt, free printing is hardly unreasonable.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Nightlife: Personally, the nightlife at Vanderbilt doesn't interest me overmuch. The bar scene is vibrant, including several 18 and up locations, and most taxis are payable via student accounts. However, for someone who prefers a quieter night with several friends, there is plenty to do as well.

3 College Senior

Diversity: While the campus is not extraordinarily diverse, there are social pockets that really celebrate diversity. Besides that, the more homogenous student population tends to be fairly accepting of various racial, religious or gender backgrounds. Obviously no social organization is perfect, and there are detractors, but Vanderbilt generally tends to have a 'live and let live' attitude regarding diversity, contrary to its stigma.

4 College Senior

Academics: Academics are moderately strenuous, but applicants are well aware of the workload that comes with such a prestigious University. It's been possible for me to double major and minor, so obviously there is a lot of wiggle room.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Housing is very good, especially now that they've torn down Kissam Quad. The Commons, of course, are fantastic in terms of amenities, access and social atmosphere, and are where many long-term friendships are made.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of fantastic restaurants within walking distance of campus. Most recommended area is 16th and Edgehill neighborhood, as it has several fantastic spots. Food can be expensive, but there are certainly worse cities. It never hurts to ask about a student discount.

2 College Senior

Drug Safety: Study drugs are abused by many students, alcohol by most. It's difficult to compare to other campuses without having witnessed firsthand, but Vanderbilt seems to have something of a problem with drug safety. However, there are social groups that don't fit that mold, and they are just as visible and easily accessible.

5 College Senior

Majors: The process of enrolling in the English Literature and Film Studies majors at Vanderbilt was very easy. The application process is simple and straightforward, and the course selection was wide enough to allow me to study two majors (and an additional European History minor) with ease. I would recommend potential Vanderbilt students review major requirements thoroughly before deciding whether or not to commit to a program.

College Senior

Majors: The English Department at Vanderbilt has been fantastic. The course selection is incredibly broad, allowing students to focus on whatever specialty might be desired, and independent studies are relatively easy to apply for, and incredibly fulfilling. The English program warrants a four or five.

However, the Film Department has been slightly less enjoyable. The quality of education is much more inconsistent class to class, and the program requirements are among the most intense at the University (in terms of credit hours needed) despite the fact that they seem less worthwhile.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Personally, I feel very safe on campus, but I take necessary precautions to safeguard my belongings and person. Furthermore, I am a 6'3'', 190 pound man. Others who might be more vulnerable to abuses or criminal action probably feel less safe on campus, and have something of a right to. Particularly, sexual assault at parties seems to be a problem.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I did not expect the culture to be so different from where I came from and had difficulty fitting in. I also was somewhat disappointed with the fact that there was no business program, so I felt like I had to settle with HOD.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm in HOD because that's the closest thing to a business major. While I feel like my degree will get me places, I don't necessarily feel like I learned everything I needed to for the business world.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: The HOD program includes a semester-long internship where you can choose to work in any company in basically any field, as long as it's applicable to the major. I'm glad I can do this before I graduate.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Always difficult to find a spot, and once you think you've found one, you get a ticket.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are usually very knowledgeable and accessible, and those who aren't are part of a very small minority.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food options are getting much better thanks to the New Rand dining hall, but there aren't many options around campus. Rand is pretty much the central go-to place for food

1 person found this useful Report
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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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