Location
Nashville, TN
Undergrads
6,731
Tuition
$42,118
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 1003 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I haven't spent a lot of time on the undergrad side of campus, but I've noticed a lot of different types of people on the Peabody side of campus.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Majors: I will be expected to have various experiences through community touch points. I don't necessarily have to have one internship, but I plan to take advantage of my work experiences to the fullest extent allowed!

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm excited to get started. Vanderbilt was the only school I found in Nashville with a program like this. If I were at another school, I might have some reservations about finding a job in my field. However, I'm confident that the quality of education along with the support of the college will allow me to find a job with no problem.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Nashville is a fun town with a lot to do. You can hear live music anytime you want (not just country). But you can also enjoy the outdoors and spend a day (or more) hiking in beautiful scenery.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Vanderbilt is a "wet" campus, so the visibility of alcohol is high, but people seem to be mostly responsible.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The security is satisfactory and they seem to be accessible. The communication regarding any on campus incident is good.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: It's city life with southern charm.

7 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Scholarships: I got offers I didn't expect.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Diversity: There's all kinds of people here.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: It's not NYC or LA, but Nashville has a lot to offer.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Majors: Admissions folks are top notch. Be yourself.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Health & Safety: There are instances of violence and robbery in the area surrounding the university.

4 College Senior

Weather: Winter is mild, spring has some rain, summers are hot.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Transportation: I never struggle to get anywhere.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Drug Safety: I don't see people using...but I don't know that I would.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: There are great and challenging courses, as should be expected, but Vanderbilt does not foster a true learning environment. It is competitive and detached.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Good food and variety, but the hours of operation are not convenient for students. Also the division of the day into meal periods often restricts students from taking advantage of the meal plan.

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Vanderbilt is a beautiful place with beautiful people... on the outside. Vanderbilt is a business that is trying to maximize its revenue and increase its ranking. The students are solely concerned with GPA's and reputations on campus. The student body is not cohesive at all and breaks into cliques based on race, campus involvement and Greek Life. The Vanderbilt experience that was provided five years ago is completely non-existent today. I have had terrible experiences with Vanderbilt professors, administration, staff and students. There are redeeming qualities to the school (such as the Nashville environment) but such qualities can be found at any highly competitive University.

7 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Nashville has a great food culture to it. Countless restaurants and cuisines to explore with more and more being built.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Usually great, but there are safety concerns with the surrounding Nashville area. Multiple incidents of robbery and assault within the past year.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Nashville has great off-campus housing options (houses, apartments, town homes, etc.) but the school refuses to approve students to live off-campus. The Residential Requirement to live on-campus is disapproved by the majority of the student body.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a fair amount of diversity across campus. It is often overshadowed by the dominant Greek scene which has little-to-no diversity.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: On-campus printing is just starting to be improved. Wifi is great across campus.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Vanderbilt offers plenty of scholarships and financial aid.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Airport is very close by which helps. Not much else in terms of public transportation though.

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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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