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Nashville, TN
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6,731
Tuition
$42,118
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Off-Campus Housing: There are a few apartments and houses off campus within walking distance, but dorms are pretty good. Freshmen can't have off-campus housing.

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Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing availability varies from year to year. There are always ways to get off campus if you want to.

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Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is somewhat convenient if you have the cash. Most people continue to live on-campus all four years.

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Off-Campus Housing: I'm living in a place that is much nicer than the dorms and much bigger for so much less money.

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Off-Campus Housing: Housing off campus is only possible if you have a car. It won't be worth it without one.

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Off-Campus Housing: I can assure you, you will not get granted off-campus housing until your senior year. There is a clause in the handbook that states that no undergraduate student, with the exception of those that reside in Davidson County, may live off campus.

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Off-Campus Housing: The school charges you so much to live in a tiny little closet of a room. The value of an off-campus apartment is much higher in an off-campus situation.

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Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is very easy, and there are plenty of options given our centralized location.

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Off-Campus Housing: Vandy is located in the middle of a fairly big city, so there are tons of different kinds of apartments close by.

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Off-Campus Housing: The Office of Student Housing is both oppressive and tyrannical, and they will make it all but impossible for you to be able to live off-campus.

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Off-Campus Housing: Vandy students are supposed to live on campus all four years, but you can request to live off. There are lots of apartment buildings within walking distance.

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Off-Campus Housing: They're usually pretty tight with the off-campus authorization permits, but if you whine enough, they'll give you one.

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Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of places a short drive away and a few within walking distance, but it's hard to get permission to leave campus. They are expensive, too. If you want to find cheaper housing, you have to have a car.

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Off-Campus Housing: I strongly believe that on-campus housing is the best thing for all four years. Campus life is so much fun that I want to be around it as long as I can.

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Off-Campus Housing: I know a lot of people off campus because the school is admitting more and more people they can't house. All the people I know love living off-campus, and the places are close and very nice.

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Off-Campus Housing: Very few of the off campus options end up costing more than what Vanderbilt charges for housing. Plus, if you're on financial aid, like me, then Vandy gives you a credit for the amount of what it would cost you to live on campus. Since my place is less expensive, the school is pretty much paying me a couple hundred dollars a month to live off-campus.

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Diversity: We have people from all over the world. No matter what you are into, you will find a close-knit group with the same interests. Plus, it's cool just to talk to people with all sorts of ideas and cultures.

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Diversity: The campus is not at all diverse.

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Diversity: It is not diverse at all. Unfortunately, different groups stick to themselves. There are lots of multicultural festivals here, but not many students from other races go to these functions.

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Diversity: To be honest, the campus is segregated.

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Diversity: Vanderbilt is having some problems with diversity, but they are working on it.

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Diversity: The diversity on campus is good, but the self-segregation is what hurts the campus. All the races on campus stay to themselves and never mingle with anyone else. It kind of defeats the purpose of forming a diverse student body, though.

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Diversity: Diversity has been a problem. Vanderbilt is continuously improving its diversity, though getting over the stereotype with recruitment is a problem that is slowly being solved. Ethnically, `minorities' comprise a very small percentage of the campus.

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Diversity: The campus is much more diverse than it was a few years ago. While it's still stereotyped as mostly conservative, Southern, and white, I have found a variety of people. Sometimes, you just have to look a little bit closer to find the diversity.

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Diversity: You will meet many people with different cultures and beliefs. Other than ethnic diversity, Vanderbilt is very diverse in the sense that there are people from all around the world and the United States who share different backgrounds and ideas.

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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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