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Nashville, TN
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$42,118
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Very Hard
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Campus Dining: The food in the main dining hall, Rand, is actually not that bad, but we eat it so much freshman year that everybody thinks that it's bad. My favorite lunch spot is Stonehenge Deli, and the Pub is great for late-night snacks and stuff. Rand Dining Hall is basically a good place for socializing.

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Campus Dining: Food is pretty good; the dining hall has a really wide selection, so you can pretty much find whatever you want. There are Munchi-Marts, or mini-grocery stores, in every dorm to buy snacks.

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Campus Dining: If you have a car, or know someone who does, definitely stock up at one of the local markets because, with the possible exception of Chancellor Gee, it's not suitable for anyone to spend 20 bucks for two boxes of fruit loops and a half-gallon of milk.

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Campus Dining: Campus dining has definitely improved since I was a freshman.

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Off-Campus Dining: Right next to campus, we have everything like Chili's, Logan's, all fast foods, and some more local-type places that are really good like Whitt's and Guido's. You'll learn it all really quickly.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of places-Chili's, Houston's, Ruth's, Provence (highly recommended), Fido's Coffee (highly recommended to chill out), Quizno's, and more.

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Off-Campus Dining: They're good. You find the ones that are convenient to get to, the ones that are in your price range, the ones that serve alcohol, and so on. Parents weekend is great because there are so many fabulous restaurants around Nashville. I love the Mad Platter when my parents are in town, but on weekends, Las Palmas or other Mexican and pizza seem to be the norm.

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Off-Campus Dining: Since Vanderbilt is bordered by two major roads, there is never a lack of places to eat off campus. Some of my favorites are P.F. Chang's, Zola, Chili's, and the famous Pancake Pantry-it's a Vandy tradition, but you have to get there early to beat the line.

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Off-Campus Dining: Nashville has great food. Bread & Company is the best for soup and salads. Calypso Café is great for salads, and Jersey Mike's and Chez Jose are really close to campus. And if you have access to a car, there are even better places around.

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Off-Campus Dining: Vanderbilt's area has mostly fine dining, and some of the best restaurants in the Southeast, as well. It's great for students to treat themselves once in a while, and then wine and dine when parents come to visit. The great spots are Zola, Café 123, and the Mad Platter.

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Off-Campus Dining: There is Rotier's for great home-style cooking. If you ever heard Jimmy Buffet's `Cheeseburger In Paradise,' he wrote it about Rotier's.

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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants are pretty good, mostly chains. My favorite spots are Nashville Deli, Houston's, Jackson's, DaVinci's, Osaka, Ken's Sushi, Fido's, and Bongo Java.

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Off-Campus Dining: Pancake Pantry is amazing, and sometimes, you see famous music people there. Downtown isn't far-it's a cheap cab ride away, and there are lots of yummy restaurants there. Sunset Grille is a trendy, artsy restaurant near campus that has a cheaper midnight menu with amazing deserts. The Mad Platter is a similar restaurant.

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Off-Campus Dining: They have a lot of chain restaurants right around campus. You have to go to Pancake Pantry. This place has the best breakfasts you will ever eat. Zola (Greek food) and Sitar (Indian food) are two really good places if you like those types of food.

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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants off campus are really good but expensive. I strongly recommend both Rotier's and Bread & Company. I really wish there were more late night fast food places open around campus, but the current restaurant situation is fine.

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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants off campus are not bad. I'm a big fan of the places on 21st Avenue. Primarily Easy's and Boscos-incredible food and service.

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Off-Campus Dining: There's Pizza Perfect, which has the closest thing to a New York pizza. They also serve good Italian. There are a lot of pretty expensive, nice places to eat.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of restaurants on the way downtown and in downtown. Great, great, great! That's all I can say.

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Campus Housing: Dorms are nice; it just depends on whether you want a single or a double.

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Campus Housing: Dorms are dorms-you just deal with what you're given.

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Campus Housing: What summarizes Kissam the best is an article that was run by Vanderbilt's humor magazine the Slant, which juxtaposed two photos, one of a Kissam building and the other of some of the worst projects in New Orleans. I can honestly say I wasn't able to distinguish between the two images. Did I mention that Kissam doesn't have laundry, either?

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Campus Housing: As with most of the buildings on campus, dorms are well maintained and relatively nice. Each dorm develops its own personality each year, so I can't say which to avoid or to request. When talking to other people, remember that no matter what dorm you get, you will be happy.

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Campus Housing: My freshman dorm was tiny. I lived in Branscomb and loved it. As a sophomore, I lived in North hall (all girls), and I also loved that! I don't think you can go wrong-no matter where you live, you learn to make the best of it and have a blast.

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Campus Housing: Kissam kids tend to bond together really well and make lasting friendships, but the trade off is that its really isolated and not well kept.

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Campus Housing: Kissam Quad is quite far from the fraternity row and the gym, but it's close to classes. I lived in Kissam and loved it. I like having my own room, but the hall is small, so you feel close to others on your hall. Vandy/Barnard is the nicest dorm, but the singles are tiny. Brandscomb is where the doubles are; people love to live there because it's the party dorm.

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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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