Vanderbilt University Summary

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Basic Statistics

Nashville, TN
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
Large city
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
14 %
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Strong academics
  • Beautiful campus
  • Urban environment
  • Party scene

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Upperclassmen housing
  • Traffic and parking
  • Lack of diversity (economic, racial, and social)
  • Domination of Greek life

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Vanderbilt Student Reviews

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5 College Junior

Athletics: We just redid our athletics facility and I'm excited to see the renovations

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I really like Nashville. There is great music, bars, and the Opry

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: Vanderbilt prides itself in the financial aid it provides

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus before so I'm not the person to ask

5 College Junior

Transportation: You have many options from public transportation to Vandy Van to Zip Cars


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