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5 College Junior

Party Scene: on-campus parties at frats/in dorms, and tons of opportunities in Nashville. Great bar scene, city has great night life, and always things outside of partying to do in Nashville or on-campus.

5 College Junior

Diversity: People underrate how diverse Vanderbilt is. We still have slightly fewer asians than other schools, but trust me, there are a lot. In terms of blacks and hispanics, I'd say we have more than most schools. With that said, there is room for improvement. Vandy knows that, and each class is becoming more and more diverse. Campus is probably close to half and half in terms of political beliefs, we have people representing all sorts of SES (great financial aid), but overall students are rich. Probably fewer LGBT individuals because of stigmas of the south, but a strong majority are open to anyone. Geographic diversity is amazing. We have people from everywhere, and we have been getting more from the West Coast recently, which is the only area that probably used to be underrepresented. Great diversity now, and with the direction of the school, I think we will be one of the most diverse campuses in the country in a few years. Nobody should be afraid of Vandy because they are a racial or ethnic diversity; just because we are in the south does not change the fact that we are a diverse, open environment.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Every school has issues with professors that come solely for research, but are forced to teach on the side. Judging by average reviews on ratemyprofessor and other sites, though, Vandy is much less of a victim of this. Our teachers are overall better than pretty much every other school, and Vandy does truly have an undergrad focus. In my experience, my teachers have almost exclusively been great. The workload is difficult, and while it is relatively easy to have a GPA in the 3.3 range (except in a few engineering majors), it is difficult to get a very high GPA. The students at Vandy are as smart as anywhere. Vandy cares about demonstrated intelligence more than other top schools in admissions I'd say (other schools care a ton about uniqueness), and so students are pretty consistently smart across the board. Top students, top professors, lots of courses of study, truly cannot find better academics for general arts and sciences/HOD.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: There is crime on and around campus sometimes (we are in a city), but the odds that you or someone you know will be affected by it is miniscule, so it would be kind of ridiculous to base a college decision on this. The campus itself is very safe. Guys will never feel in danger, and girls probably will only if walking alone at night (same as just about anywhere else probably). The school is super proactive about informing you about crime (it's honestly kind of annoying how many times they notify you over a stolen kit kat bar haha). Campus police are awesome and super lenient. You'd have to really cause serious troubles to be arrested as a student on campus.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Alcohol is prevalent. Some people drink several times a week, but others completely abstain. You can find what you want, and at the end of the day, nearly everyone prioritizes academics over fun (whether fun includes alcohol or not). Drug scene is probably similar to at other schools, but maybe more prevalent in certain communities such as greek life. Can find it if you want it, but no pressure to partake.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We only get a few (2-3) e-mails about crimes on campus per semester, and we usually just laugh at the stereotypical descriptions of the suspects

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Professors are great at teaching, also very approachable outside the classroom!

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: DoreWays (for jobs and internships) is a great tool that provides great opportunities!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Commons freshman year is great but Scomb is smaller than most freshman houses

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's there if you want it, but you don't have to be a part of greek life if you don't want to be

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are great relative to top academic schools. Not that great when compared to the SEC. Still, as a student at an elite academic institution, you can't ask for our athletic programs to be much better.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Vanderbilt is amazing! Great sense of community combined with top notch academics!

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our recreation center is incredible and our basketball team and women's tennis and soccer teams are so talented.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love the atmosphere of collaboration among the students rather than fierce competition.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus is shifting its attitude towards sexual assault which is very helpful for victims.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I think if you truly take advatange of everything the professor's offer there is no reason for you to not succeed.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I feel like a degree from Vanderbilt is going to help me go a long way in the future.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: some dorms are aboslutely terrible and others are very good and hard to get into.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not Greek, so I can't say much about Greek life but it does play a big role in campus social climate.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports (except baseball) aren't really that important to us.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Vanderbilt University is filled with amazing resources that many students should and do take advantage of.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: most people don't even do drugs

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: its so fun here frats and bars

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: very fun parties very accessible

5 College Freshman

Academics: My teachers are incredibly good

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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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