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

Transportation: The Vandy Vans run 5pm to 5am. Freshmen have a 10 minute walk to main campus classes, but the Vandy Vans are convenient for clubs meetings or attending greek events.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek Life at Vanderbilt might be some of the greatest in the country. The smaller school size (as compared to a state school) allows you to know (or at least be aware of) basically everyone who's involved in the Greek community. Despite having a smaller student population than big state schools, there are a comparable number of Greek House; this allows for a greater chunk of the students to get involved.

For guys, the entire first semester is dedicated to rush, which makes the first year is an incredible experience. This lengthy rush season and general lack of regard for "legacy status" (it does matter at a few houses) allows the students to be sorted into the Fraternities in which they would fit in best.

For girls, the first semester can be nerve-wracking with limited permissible communication to and from Sorority members. The rush is hectic but has a very regular 2 week time-frame.

The University does not allow Greek housing for more than 6 people per house. This can be seen as positive or negative, depending on the person.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Diversity: Vanderbilt is sometimes considered a "Conservative School," which is true when comparing it to other schools (which are predominantly Liberal); however, it is in reality very neutral. It's a nice place to be if you want to avoid having a liberal agenda shoved down your throat.

7 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Vandy Vans are fantastic and they run at various stops around campus from 5 pm - 5 am. Taxis are always easy to find, as well as zip cars.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Greek life is pretty dominant at Vanderbilt, but it is definitely possible to have a social life without going greek.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Vanderbilt overall is constantly renovating its facilities in order to provide the best on-campus atmosphere for all of its students.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Vanderbilt is not that strict, they offer a lot of freedoms in regards to normal living situations. I live in a co-ed house this year which I really enjoy, and there aren't really any strict rules about visitation or like curfew or anything. They are strict about the honor code, but it's not like they're out to get you.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: Vanderbilt is difficult, but I personally love the psychology program that I am involved in. The teachers are really nice and really care about how you are doing.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: Vanderbilt is a tough school, but it is continually ranked in the top 20 schools in the nation and that definitely shows.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Weather: It's not too cold in the winter, which is nice. There are definitely all four seasons and mild temperatures in each of them.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our athletics program, particularly our football program, has been growing and becoming increasingly impressive over the years.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nashville is such a fun and exciting city that there are an endless number of places for you to go on a Friday night.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love my school and all of the opportunities that it has to offer.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking at Vanderbilt is not great, we're not meant to be a commuter school. It's expensive to park and difficult to find open spots.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Vanderbilt dining is one of the best in the country. We have "meal-money" included in our meal plan each semester that we can use at certain local restaurants near campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid is one of Vanderbilt's strong points. It meets 100% need-based financial aid so they very generously give you the amount of money that you need to attend.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are a lot of different options of places to live, which is really nice. Housing is expensive but they do really try to make the experience positive.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is not much diversity on campus. There may be diversity in regards to numbers on paper, but the diversity is not evident when walking around campus.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Nashville is a very foody city. Directly around campus there are a bunch of restaurants that are really good. There are some chain fast food restaurants and Chipotle, etc. but a lot are cool local food options that provide a nice getaway from college food.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: There are rules but aren't strictly enforced. Basically don't be a complete dumbass and you'll be fine.

7 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Parking: You don't really need a car but parking is pretty easy if you want. Just don't park where they tell you not to or you'll get a ticket that isn't enforced so you won't have to pay it.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Very quick and easy ride to airport. Maybe 20-25 minutes

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Majors: People seem to really enjoy the majors they are in.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Majors: Workload is not difficult if you set your mind to doing homework, but it's hard with so much other fun stuff going on.

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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.

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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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