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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The only regret I have is not applying to the engineering school. Vanderbilt is tough, as expected, but it's worth it.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: School has been mostly amazing. I love my school and can't wait to go back.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Vanderbilt is a great place for undergrads to live and learn. There are always events to go to and things to do on and around campus.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Vanderbilt University has the best of both worlds - academic and social. It is very easy to achieve a well-rounded lifestyle, while earning a world-class education. The campus is beautiful, the city of Nashville is thriving, and the academics are challenging, yet manageable.

4 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Greek Life domination detracts from overall experience and seems to attract a very specific type of person: smart, attractive, somewhat superficial and narrow-minded, lazy, hardworking, fun people. Options are unlimited, however, and you have the resources to succeed if you are willing to seek it out.

Administration is terrible, completely disconnected from the student body, and is extremely poor at financial spending and allocation of resources. It's almost like the administration is a group of blind men trying to figure out how to throw their money away.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of restaurants within walking distance that cover basically every type of food. Taste of Nashville encourages off-campus dining by allowing students to use their meal money at local restaurants, but also tends to funnel everyone to the same ten restaurants when most of the best options aren't part of the program.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Administration: Vanderbilt is extremely lenient. Campus police officers are basically there to keep students from hurting themselves. The administration realizes it's dealing with adults who can make their own choices and treats everyone as such.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Food is great for the most part. However, freshmen are forced into an abusive 21 meal/week plan. It's impossible to use all your "swipes" without overeating.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Most dorms are of at least acceptable quality. The biggest issue is that it's very hard to get permission to live in cheaper and nicer off-campus options.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Administration: Vanderbilt has an honor council that deals with issues such as cheating and plagiarism.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There is a fairly wide variety of dining options on campus, and if that's still not enough variety for you, you can always use your meal money off campus as well.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They are very generous with financial aid and will usually make the effort to ensure that you can afford to attend.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The majority of students live on campus, so the school makes an effort to keep the living conditions of dorms fairly well. For upperclass housing, Kissam is the best option, while Vandy Barnard is the worst.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Administration: Vanderbilt is all about making sure that all of their students feel safe and at home. They try their best not to discriminate and to have a healthy environment for everyone.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: If its the weekend there is always a great party to go to.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's great that for the most part we are able to use our meal money to pay for off-campus dining.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Vanderbilt offers a great variety of foods that caters to different cultures and peoples needs.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: If you are accepting into Vanderbilt they will do their best to make sure you can afford to attend.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Vanderbilt incorporates a great community that caters to its students.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Very, very expensive. Vanderbilt does not let many people live off campus at all, so it is mostly rich kids with connections who are able to get off campus apartments.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's very prevalent. Mostly revolves around fraternities, but pretty much anyone can party anywhere. It's definitely a good time.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Fair amount of options close by. Late night food can be hard to find if you want anything besides pizza or Qdoba, though.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Honestly, it is fairly easy to get away with all types of partying if you choose to. Their are security officers all around campus and they will occasionally question you, but generally people do not get into real trouble unless they are publicly vomiting, screaming, etc.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Freshman year, it was very easy to get the financial aid that I needed. Not sure if this will continue for the next three years, though.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Overall, a lot of the food is high quality. However, the meal plan swipes are way too much food to consume in one sitting. Also, the meal plan periods can be difficult to work around depending on your class schedule.

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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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