Location
Nashville, TN
Undergrads
6,731
Tuition
$42,118
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Diversity: The University has been making a huge effort over the last few years to attract a more diverse student body, and I think it's reflected in each incoming class.

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Diversity: As a minority, I never feel like I don't belong.

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Diversity: We're not very diverse, to be honest. I think it's improving, but Vanderbilt is not known for its diversity. I think that aspect of Vanderbilt sucks.

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Diversity: If you make an effort to step outside of your comfort zone and attend all the multicultural events, there is a lot of diversity to be found.

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Diversity: I think there are many kinds of diversity. Vanderbilt is one of the only national schools I've ever heard of that is, seriously, about half republican, half democrat.

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Guys & Girls: Both guys and girls are very good looking; there are many with blonde hair and blue eyes. I try to tell people I'm on a minority scholarship because I have brown hair.

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Guys & Girls: Like any school, we have a wide range of guys and girls. We have a lot of good looking people; most of them work out.

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Guys & Girls: Both guys and girls have a huge amount of pressure to be attractive and stylish. It's amazing how easy it is to maintain a good upkeep when you have the money to spend for it.

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Guys & Girls: The guys are not as hot as the girls, and if they're hot, they lose all their points when they open their mouths.

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Guys & Girls: Average guy: momma's boy who did well in high school, but wasn't exceptionally popular. Average girl: daddy's girl who was the prom/homecoming queen, head cheerleader/debutante, and the most popular girl at her high school. Beauty and brains mix when you find valedictorians that are striking.

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Guys & Girls: There are some very nice looking guys. I don't know if you've heard of the `Vandygirl' stereotype. There was an article in a magazine once. That article was a little exaggerated, but appearance is very important to a lot of girls. The girls here can afford to spend top dollar to uphold their appearances.

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Guys & Girls: Guys are kind of full of themselves for the most part. It is hard to find some people who are down to earth, but once you do, they will become the best friends ever. Girls are okay once they get older. I think they come in on way too high a horse either morally or egotistically. After they settle down, they are much better.

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Guys & Girls: I may not be able to tell you if the guys are hot, but the girls tend not to complain. The guys have plenty of eye candy to enjoy. I must say leaving behind the Vandy girls was a difficult thing. I hate to generalize, but our students tend to be preppies who are very easygoing, fun-loving, smart, and sociable.

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Guys & Girls: Take your pick: Southern gentleman or trendy Northerners. There is no lack of cute boys, and Vandy is known for having some of the prettiest girls of any college campus in America. I don't mean to brag!

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Guys & Girls: Obviously, there are stereotypes. Read one of the Seventeen or Playboy articles on the students to see the extreme versions of both male and female stereotypes.

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Guys & Girls: The girls, especially the Southern ones, are beautiful. It's hard, I will admit, to be a girl and go to Vanderbilt. There are so many pretty people on campus that you will inevitably develop a small insecurity, but it's not so bad that you don't get used to it. The guys aren't that hot, but they think that they're the greatest because they are surrounded by beautiful girls. You just have to find the right guys.

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Guys & Girls: The guys tend to fall into categories of (a) studious, loner types, (b) frat boys, or (c) genuinely nice guys who prefer to have female friends as opposed to

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Guys & Girls: The guys are very Southern. It takes some getting used to-the hair, the clothes, the shoes-but it grows on you. The girls are pretty much debutantes. You'll find a lot of people come from elite boarding schools or academies.

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Guys & Girls: The guys really think of themselves highly because they're surrounded by beautiful Vanderbilt girls, but in reality, they're only so-so.

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Guys & Girls: The frat guys are somewhat cute but sort of egotistical. Most guys aren't Greek, and many are nice and cute. Vanderbilt girls are famous for the way they look. The girls are very aware of this, and there is a definite pressure to be thin and beautiful. Girls get addicted to working out. It's important not to let others influence you.

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Guys & Girls: Vandygirls will leave you frustrated and with no money in your pocket-very high maintenance. They all fit the bill as daddy's little girl.

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Guys & Girls: Vanderbilt girls and guys are typically really hot. We got a title in a magazine once as the `hot and trendy school of the year.' The girls are very nice. The only problem is that a lot of girls are really materialistic and very concerned with who wears this and that. But there are a lot of girls who are the coolest people I ever met.

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Guys & Girls: Even if they're not hot, those accents are amazing.

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Guys & Girls: I am, personally, a big fan of the South and the people here. From a male perspective, I am a big fan of the girls. Most of them are friendly and like to party. Most of the guys are good people, but there are the few of both guys and girls that will rub you the wrong way. There are all types of people so, if you are willing to get out and meet people, you will find plenty of friends.

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Athletics: IM sports are more popular than varsity sports here. We are not known for having the best teams in the NCAA, but our school has a lot of spirit. We still attend all the games, even if we are losing.

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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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