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Nashville, TN
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6,731
Tuition
$42,118
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Freshman

Majors: People get internships, but it's helpful to kind of seek them out yourself. But Vanderbilt's name DOES carry weight across the country, so students are successful.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Vanderbilt is not diverse in the conventional sense. Yes there are people from all over the world of all different races and Vanderbilt, but it is the diversity of ideas and values that amazed me. It makes for extremely interesting conversation.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It can be hard to get approved for off-campus housing by the university, but the apartments and townhouses themselves are really nice.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've never been scared at Vanderbilt. Occasionally you'll hear of a suspicious car driving near campus or a mugging at 3:00 am on some road nearby, but if you're not stupid, then you'll be fine.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Facilities: The party scene is so much fun here that I sometimes have to remind myself that I'm at a top 20 school. The size of the school is perfect so that you recognize a lot people, but there is always somebody new to meet. Classes are sometimes difficult, but the professors are cool and your peers are always willing to help you. Students are diverse in terms of where in the US they come from and the ideas they bring with them from those regions (just as Cornelius Vanderbilt intended when he helped establish the school). Although I probably wouldn't want to live in Nashville when I grow up, Vandy is a jumping point to go anywhere you want.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Facilities: There are so many places to study and relax with friends that I'm constantly discovering new ones.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Vanderbilt is a fantastic school. People are friendly, the girls are hot, the football is pretty good (right now), the classes aren't too hard, and the diversity of the students in terms of where they come from within the US makes everyday interesting. The job market is tough, but every senior I've met has scored a fantastic job.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is great for freshmen, but I hear it gets worse as you get older in terms of how clean and old the buildings are.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Athletics: Football games are extremely fun and the athletic facilities are fairly accessible and up-to-date.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I hear its easy to get a lot of scholarship or financial aid money from Vandy...I have not seen any of it unfortunately.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Computers: There are a lot of computer labs... but mainly on Main Campus. Freshmen would have to hike to get to those, so I strongly recommend bringing one's own laptop.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are incredible. They have all been very engaging, easy-going, and reasonable.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: You don't have to drink, but you might not enjoy the parties as much if you dont since practically everyone else is or has been drinking. Weed is not terribly abundant, but accessible if you really want some.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Your basic stuff: lots of chains and some decent restaurants nearby or within walking distance.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The girls are HOT...but surprisingly religious/not entirely up for weeknight partying.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Depends on your RA (for freshmen at least) but most are pretty chill as long as you're not trying to throw a giant party in your dorm.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Better than what most of my friends eat at their schools. It's not terribly diverse, but there's always something good available.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is BIG. You dont quite realize everything that happens at Vandy because of the Greek system until you join.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Nashville is a dynamic city with more than meets the eye.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Frats are easy to get to by walking or the Vandy Vans (about a 10 minute walk). Getting downtown is a bit more challenging, but cabs are always around and the ride is short.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Transportation: Vandy Vans and cabs are extremely easy to use (although the Vandy Vans only run after 5:00 pm...). Nashville's airport is incredibly easy to get to and navigate.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: So many great academic convos outside class

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: Very rigorous and challenging, but learning tons!

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Party if you want, mostly a booze campus

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Super hot, lots of variety

7 people found this useful Report
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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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