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$42,118
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Nightlife: The downtown scene is a lot of fun, but after a certain point, it's just like staying on campus because everywhere is completely filled with Vanderbilt students.

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Nightlife: Lonnie's is a really popular bar in Printer's Alley with low covers and cheap pitchers, complete with country western karaoke.

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Nightlife: Nashville nightlife is relatively good, depending on what you're used to. Seniors and juniors go downtown to Buffalo Billiards on Thursday nights. They also go to Sportsman's Grille on Tuesdays.

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Nightlife: Vandy students know how to have a good time, and there will always be some big thing going on or some bar or club to go to, regardless of what day of the week it is. Failed a test on a Tuesday? Hit up the Tuesday night Sam's crowd. Finished your paper a day early on a Thursday? Buffalo's will be jumpin'!

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Nightlife: Downtown, a lot of bars are easy on IDs; then again, some aren't. A lot of places will have college night specials and make it 18 and over for a while before they shut down and become 21 only.

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Nightlife: Some good bars are Flying Saucer and Bailey's. Although I don't like country music, it is fun to occasionally hit up a small country bar like Lonnie's for a change of pace.

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Nightlife: There are tons of bars off campus. They're mostly downtown, which is an $8 cab ride away. The `cool' places change every year. My freshman year, the place to go was Lonnie's, a beer joint with karaoke and lots of country. They had `Vandy night,' and it was only Vandy students packed in like sardines, but it was great.

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Nightlife: Chili's is the most amazing place ever. Their bar doesn't have happy hour, they have `happy day.' The restaurant is open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and happy hour is from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. It's a really great way to start the night (or day).

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Nightlife: There's a great downtown scene, and it's not too far from campus. We always take cabs because parking is a problem. Downtown is most popular for Vandy students during the week. There are lots of places to choose from-country places, clubs, pool bars, and more. I really like the downtown atmosphere.

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Nightlife: It used to be easy for partiers of all ages to go downtown and have a good time, but the cops have really been cracking down on fake IDs and getting a lot of people in trouble.

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Greek Life: Greek life is a big part of Vandy. All frat parties are open to the student body, and there are lots of other things to do.

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Greek Life: Greek life is definitely a part of life, but if you have a positive attitude, you'll be okay.

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Greek Life: Greek life runs the show, but the relations between the Greeks and the independents are really good, and most things are open to everyone.

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Greek Life: Greek life dominates Vanderbilt social life. If you don't join a frat or know someone in a frat, you will be hard-pressed to find a party, ever. This is just a part of being at Vanderbilt, and it is unavoidable.

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Greek Life: One major stereotype of Vanderbilt is that the Greek scene dominates the social life. Many students are not Greek. However, the Greek scene does provide a great option for everyone in weekend activities. There is always a fraternity party open to the Vanderbilt community. That, along with the fact that the houses are nonresidential, keeps the Greeks from becoming the elitists they tend to be at other colleges.

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Greek Life: The guys have a really cool rush system, which lasts all first semester freshman year and basically consists of going to parties and meeting the brothers. The girls can't talk to sorority girls all first semester because of some stupid rule, and their rush is about a week long right after winter break. Every Vandygirl hates rush, but no one ever speaks out against the tradition.

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Greek Life: The Greek life is a force on campus, but it is also accessible to most students. If students remain open-minded to it, I think they will find it is slightly more than just partying every weekend (even though that is a big part of it).

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Greek Life: About half the females at Vandy rush a sorority, and about a third of the males join a fraternity. While many people believe it dominates the social scene, one can be independent and still have a social life. One thing the Greeks bring is free parties on campus where you can dance, be crazy, and hang with all your friends.

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Greek Life: About 30 percent of Vandy men, and 50 percent of Vandy girls rush first semester-there's definitely pressure to go Greek freshman year. However, numbers are down and University policy has been making it harder. It's still a Greek school with social hierarchies, but one can enjoy themselves and not be a part of any of it.

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Greek Life: I'm Greek, though I didn't plan to be. Yes, it dominates the social scene, but many people would like to say that it doesn't. I wish there was more to do on the weekends-frat parties get so old. I also have a couple best friends that aren't Greek. They still go to weekend frat parties.?

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Greek Life: Greek life is at the top of nearly every freshman's agenda. The guys basically sacrifice a semester of sleep, grades, food, friends, and dignity if they decide to pledge, but the girls are the hardcore ones. All first semester, they work on their appearance for sorority rush, which takes place right after winter break. For Vandygirls, sorority rush is the most important thing in life at the time-more important than food-literally!

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Drug Safety: Drugs are not as big as I thought they would be in college but, then again, I don't hang out with the major druggies on campus. I heard they are really bad, but I wouldn't know for sure.

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Drug Safety: Drugs really aren't that big at Vanderbilt because the drug of choice for the Vandy student is alcohol. There is a problem with binge drinking and alcohol abuse, but drug use is hardly a speck on the radar.

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Drug Safety: If you want some drugs, make friends with the people in the philosophy dorm.

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Drug Safety: Rich kids do rich kid drugs. Out of all the drug users here, I think a lot of them do cocaine.

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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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