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

Facilities: Aside from some very old academic buildings and crappy dorms, almost the entire campus facilities are superb. Everything you could want at a university. Several libraries with many places to study that are open 24/7 (which is great during exam week), decent athletic center, great events for socializing, and fun free activities and club performances. The campus is great. Vanderbilt has wonderful facilities and campus life is rewarding and refreshing.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Everything about Vanderbilt's campus is beautiful and full of opportunity.

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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 Freshman

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

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 90th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 190th
    Best Student Centers
  • 372nd
    Best Performance Venues
  • 520th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 521st
    Best Library

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christopher McDonald
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Vanderbilt takes great pride in both its aesthetics and
functionality. With the endowment and tuition prices as high as they are, the school has little trouble continually improving its facilities and does an excellent job in discerning both what is necessary and what is the most effective solution.

With regards to facilities, students are continually amazed by the school's ability in allowing the history of the university, and the classic feel that comes along with it, to co-exist with the need for the modern and high tech. There is something very special about stepping out of the garden environment of the campus into a perfectly maintained, seemingly antebellum, building and being able to access a high-speed, wireless network on your laptop.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
1,705
Campus Size
330 acres
Student Centers
Sarratt Student Center
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
8
Popular Places to Chill
  • Alumni Lawn
  • Commons Center
  • Rand Hall
  • Sarratt Student Center
Bar on Campus
Overcup Oak, also know as the Pub
Bowling on Campus
None
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Coffee stations in all of the markets on campus
  • Common Grounds located on Peabody at the Commons Center
  • Grins Vegetarian Café located inside the Schulman Center
  • Starbucks located in the Student Life Center
Movie Theater on Campus
The Sarratt Cinema in the Student Center
School Slang
  • Baseball Glove Lounge : A completely silent study area found in Sarrat Student Center. Its name is taken from the enormous, leather, baseball glove chair in the center of the room.
  • The Batman Building: The AT&T Building, which bears a striking resemblance to Batman. It's also Nashville's tallest building.
  • The Bod: Peabody Campus.
  • Branscomb Breakfast : The greasiest, most satisfying breakfast prepared at the Munchie Mart in Branscomb that you will ever drunkenly crave. Served only on Friday and Saturday nights from 12 a.m.-2 a.m.
  • Dores: Commodores.
  • Estrogym : The small gym found in the Commons Center filled only with treadmills, elliptical machines, and exercise bikes.
  • Kisslammed : Being assigned to live in Kissam Quad as an upperclassmen against your will
  • The Loop: The perimeter of campus.
  • Metro: The Nashville police.
  • MRS degree: When a Vandygirl goes to Vanderbilt with the ulterior motive of finding a husband.
  • Munchie Mart: The 24-Hour Varsity Markets located in some of the dorms
  • O.T.P.: Office of Traffic and Parking. If you have a car, you will grow to hate them.
  • Prospy : High school junior/senior looking to possibly matriculate at Vanderbilt. These wide-eyed minors are to be pampered and given a taste of the Vandy nightlife by their host students.
  • The Pub: The restaurant in Sarratt, also known as The Pub at Overcup Oak.
  • Randwiches : Delicious, toasted sandwiches available at the Corner Market in Rand Dining Center
  • The Rec: Student Recreation Center.
  • Sketch: Suspicious.
  • Sorostitute: A sorority girl who spends all her time at frat houses sucking up to the brothers.
  • The Steps: A series of steps inside Sarratt Student Center.
  • Vanderbubble: The community we live in.
  • The Wall: The walkway between Sarratt and campus.
Traditions
  • Commodore Quake : A huge concert before homecoming which has, in the past, hosted acts ranging from Counting Crows to Busta Rhymes.
  • Overdress to Impress: This involves guys dressing up in a coat and tie and taking a date in a dress to home football games. Like many traditions, no one seems to know why this is done. For the most part, the only people who participate are frat boys. Possibly, it is so they can sneak past police because they look sophisticated when in reality they are drunk out of their minds.
  • Pre Game Scamper : The freshman lead the football team onto the field for the first home game of the year.
  • Rites of Spring : Rites is a huge concert series that, in the past, has featured such big name acts ranging from Dave Matthews Band, to Nelly, to Ludacris.
  • Running of the Pigs : This is when the sorority girls run to their houses on bid day-the day that they find out what sorority house they've been accepted into. Pigs is probably one of those fun, half misogynistic, half "freshmen orientation" terms that was applied a long time ago. They used to let the frat boys throw stuff (water balloons, food, beer) at the girls as they ran by, but Gee shut that down. Now, the guys just line up to stare and check out the newest freshmen.
Urban Legends
  • Cornelius Vanderbilt demanded that Vanderbilt's Charter refuse to allow class to be canceled on Labor Day. Why celebrate and honor labor by taking a day off?
  • The administration at Vanderbilt has canceled classes only twice; one of those times because a bull got loose on campus.
  • The Community Outreach House is haunted.
  • There are several graves on campus (underneath various monuments).
  • There is a 3-to-1 squirrel-to-student ratio.
  • There is a monkey laboratory underneath Wilson Hall.
  • There is a series of underground, interconnected tunnels that run under Vandy's campus. This one is true.
Favorite Things To Do
Get a bite to eat at any of the on-campus restaurants, grab coffee with friends at any of the cafés, play an intramural sport, hang out at the fraternity or sorority houses, see a movie at Sarratt Cinema, attend a guest speaker, attend a student production at Neely Theater, or work out at the Student Recreation Center. Work out at the Rec, play intramural sports, lay out on Alumni lawn, attend guest speakers, hang out at the restaurants and cafes
Student Organizations Web Site
www.vanderbilt.edu/studentorganizations
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Just about half of Vanderbilt's student organizations have individual Web sites.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 40 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 6 responses

  • 28% Football Games
  • 22% Rites of Spring
  • 17% Commodore Quake
  • 17% Tailgates
  • 6% Overdress to Impress
  • 6% FLiCX
  • 6% Luau
  • 0% Running of the Pigs
  • 0% Pre Game Scamper

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 31% Football games
  • 15% Study
  • 15% Go to Centennial Park across from campus
  • 15% Tailgates
  • 15% Hangout with friends
  • 8% Basketball games

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 7 responses

  • 28% Commons Center
  • 22% Fraternity/Sorority Houses
  • 17% Rand Hall
  • 11% Sarratt Student Center
  • 11% Alumni Lawn
  • 11% Branscomb Quad

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 48 responses

  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 21% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 48% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 31% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 38 responses

  • 8% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 0% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 50% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 42% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

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