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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman dorms are fairly large and nice; some upperclassman dorms are nice also, but some are poor quality. Social atmosphere varies; it can be awkward as a freshman, but once you are an upperclassman and can choose to live near your friends, though, the social atmosphere is very fun.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The amount of food is overwhelming at first, and they have a huge variety. The only problem is walking all that way to get food. They do their best to keep students fed, and the munchie marts are great for snacks and convenient meals

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The campus is beautiful, and it's nice to walk through an arboretum to class everyday. The freshman dorms are by far the nicest Vanderbilt has to offer and they spoil the first years. Upperclassmen housing isn't as nice (except for our brand new Kissam), but everything is closer once you move to main campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The most beautiful campus. The trees are so pretty in the fall and spring, and sometimes I think about how thankful I am to be on this campus when just walking around its natural beauty combined with diverse architecture.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Nashville is a perfect college town. Not too big, not too small. So many fun things to do, awesome food, and friendly people. It's great going to school in a city, but still having a very park-like, suburban campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Could not imagine myself enjoying any other school as much as Vanderbilt. I've seen other schools, and they just do not combine the beauty, talent, balance, intelligence, and academic focus as Vandy. Nashville is the best college town and Vandy is the best college for me.

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5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Vandy FA is among the best in the country. Many students choose Vanderbilt because it ends up being the cheapest option The financial aid office is cooperative, understanding, and fair. Vandy gave more money than any other school for me, and I appreciate the school's commitment to bringing in the best students it can by nearly eliminating the financial burden for many, making the university affordable for all. Vandy also offers competitive merit scholarships and an automatic 5k for national merit placement. Everyone that needs financial aid should apply to Vandy; it just may end up being the cheapest option!

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are so many options on campus it is almost surreal at first. Students become accustomed to how spoiled they are with meal options and are not grateful, but the quality truly is good nearly everywhere. Good Tex Mex, sandwiches, pizza, burgers, fruit, etc. My only complaint is not enough pasta options. The taste o Nashville options are phenomenal too and add to the diversity of great food options.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've learned so much at Vandy both in and out of the classroom. If you make sure to sign up for good profs., your academic career will be very rewarding. Vndy has a strong undergrad focus and professors are hired to teach more than to do research, like at most other schools. The quality of teaching is top-tier, and so many classes are offered. We may not be #1 in prestige, but we can rival any school in academic focus.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: People tend to be impressed by a degree from Vanderbilt, but we are not as heavily recruited as Ivies or Duke, which is unfortunate. Most students get good internships and are content with their job placement, but some people struggle to get jobs because Vandy's prestige at workplaces has not yet caught up with the increase in caliber of students. Soon it will.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Phenomenal people all-around at Vandy. Individuals are attractive, brilliant, ambitious, kind and fun.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life here does many great things and there really isn't a divide between greek and non-greek. Frats and sororities are not competitive with each other, and people seem to like their experiences at greek events, even if they are not in the frat/sorority.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: All games are free and we compete in the great Southeastern Conference, playing football powerhouses regularly. Football is down right now, basketball is on the rise, and baseball is the best. Other teams, like golf and tennis are extremely good, and students enjoy attending games, although people do not obsess over sports unless the teams are doing well. Nonetheless, sports are always a really fun option on campus and provide a lot of free entertainment. Intramurals are also really fun. The sports scene at Vandy is great! Now let's just hope for a better football season.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Options both on and off campus. Anybody can have a great time at Vandy and in Nashville--yes, even if you do not drink, you can enjoy the party scene, although the frats tend to be more geared towards drinkers. Tailgates are great, frat parties are decent; one can always have fun with the Vandy/Nashville nightlife.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Chipotle, Qdoba, Wendy's, Mellow Mushrom, Dominoe's Papa Johns, Krispy Kreme, Dunkin Donuts, Bruegger's, Chili's, Chuy's, Panera, The Bread Co.,Starbucks, Sweet Cece's, Subway, Quizznos, Smoothie King, Five Guy's the list of chains doesn't end (there are tons more right off campus). There are also tons of non-chains that are great, like the Pancake Pantry, Noshville Deli, Roma's, Sam's Sports Bar, Hattie B's, etc. Nashville has the best food, period. Mostly affordable too.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Sometimes I feel like administration can inconvenience students, but it is extremely easy to start clubs and have fun without the fear of getting in trouble. Administration listens to students more so than at other schools, and they tend to be strict in the areas in which they should be.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman dorms are unbelievable, and the commons fosters a great, friendly community.Upperclassmen have a few really good options, but can also get the short end of the stick. Overall, dorms are significantly better than at most schools I've seen.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It's very lively, and parties don't usually get out of hand.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Nashville is such a foodie city, which is wonderful! Options close around campus can get kind of stale and boring after a while, and without a car, it can be difficult to get out and explore Nashville's food scene.

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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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