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2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Yes, the faculty is amazing, but in a certain sense. They are all very accomplished and esteemed; almost all of my professors this year were PhD's, but not all are the best teachers. Most of the freshman STEM courses are weed-out, which is frustrating because with such a low acceptance rate, you'd think we were already "weeded out." The freshman math and science classes, and specifically exams, are unnecessarily difficult and clearly meant to get students to drop. The discrepancies between different professors are huge. If you are lucky enough to get a certain professor, you will actually be taught the course well and be prepared for the test. If you get a different one, you may not be taught or even warned of all the material covered on the test. My chemistry class was huge about 150 students even after several had dropped out. I had to primarily rely on reading the textbook and my own outside work to actually learn the material and use going to class just as a supplement instead of the other way around. Professors can be pretty helpful in office hours, but you need to go with specific questions already prepared. Also be prepared for the occasional egotistic professor who will scoff at your questions and be rude. Engineering majors: the advisers are not helpful at all and will often tell you what is financially advantageous for the school. They encourage first years to retake calculus instead of using AP credit in order to "build a strong foundation," but any of the students will tell you this is an awful idea. It is just a weed out course where nothing new or crucial is learned, it's just again unnecessarily difficult because the tests were very long and hard. Another example: I was advised to move Computer Programming to the fall semester instead of spring, which was also bad advice because the class is taught very differently in the fall than in the spring. To sum things up, it's much easier in the spring and actually geared towards freshman.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Well, the HOD (basically business majors) students are set up. The pre-med students also seem to do well. Other students in STEM majors seem to be "dropped on their behinds." Often times engineering majors GPA's are too low to even score any internships during their undergraduate careers and find it hard to get in grad school or find jobs in their field afterwards- which is ridiculous. For the class of 2016, the mean salary for chemical engineers was only $68,000. Chemical engineering is supposed to have one of the top three undergraduate entering salaries. For Vanderbilt to be a top fifteen school, that is not a lot at all. It's mostly because the grading scale at Vandy tends to be lower than other schools. No one is handing out any A's: a B is the new A, a C is the new B and a D is the new C. An A in a STEM class is very few and far between. The problem is that Vandy is not acclaimed as a STEM school, so when you go to career fairs and apply for internships, you're often overlooked because of a low GPA, when truly, a 3.0 at Vandy is basically equivalent to at least a 3.6 at the majority of the schools of the students you're competing with. Vandy is not like an MIT, Rice or Stanford though so recruiters do not recognize this. I'm a hardworking student, go to office hours tutoring and all that good stuff, but I do feel that engineering majors are screwed over at Vandy.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Administration is very serious about and committed to safety, especially concerning sexual assaults. They address every reported case and do a lot to inform about sexual assault, its prevention and resources. I think a lot of sexual assaults still go unreported though.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Vanderbilt students are required to stay on campus all four years, with the exception of some seniors. I love this rule because I think it creates a strong sense of community. The freshman dorms are amazing! All the freshman stay on the same part of campus called "The Commons." It consists of ten houses which are the dorms and the Commons Center, which holds the dining hall, a minimart, the gym, and study rooms. An esteemed faculty member is chosen for each of the houses, and they stay in the houses with the students and serve as "The Head of House." I really enjoyed living on Commons because I think it truly helps with the freshman adjustment. You get to live separately from the rest of campus with everyone in your class, and it's comforting to be with everyone else who's is brand new, unfamiliar and going through a lot of the same things as you are. It also helps to foster strong friendships because everyone is located so close.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is a huge part of campus, and I would say almost dominates the social scene. It is very hierarchal though which I think creates some tension. Most White people are a part of Panhellenic or IFC councils, but there are also NPHC (historically Black) sororities and fraternities very active on campus. Currently, we have every chapter except the Alpha Phi Alpha, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Iota Phi Theta. The NPHC Greek life pretty much coincides with the Black community on campus, as Panhellenic and IFC Greek life coincides with the majority of the White population. The Panhellenic and IFC are so prevalent though so members of all races know about the parties and events. Sometimes the members can be kind of exclusive though. The Panhellenic and IFC sororities and frats don't really interact or for the most part aren't even aware of the NPHC sororities and frats, which I think is a main contributor to the segregated atmosphere of campus.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I don't know that many people involved in club or intramural sports, but I think those offered are good! Varsity sports aren't as huge as they are at other SEC schools, but football season is definitely very popular.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It is a great school, but very challenging! The grading scale seems to be harder than other schools of its caliber. Sometimes classes seem overly difficult but there is not a substantial curve or grade inflation as is seen with other Ivy's or pseudo-Ivy's. The social scene is very dominated by Panhellenic and IFC Greek life. It is multicultural in the sense that are very several different backgrounds and races, but the different races often don't interact, so it can feel somewhat segregated. I wouldn't recommend the school for engineering majors because the department is not that developed or renowned.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I'm very pleased with the classes I am taking.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Peabody is an unparalleled graduate experience!

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Not qualified to give an accurate review of Vandy.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's an excellent school, so I'm sure students have many opportunities.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Again, I am not qualified to give an accurate review

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Have yet to inhabit it, so I cannot give an accurate review.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is very influential at Vanderbilt University

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Again, I have yet to actually attend then school, so I cannot give an informed opinion.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I haven't transferred yet so I don't really have that much information, but I am absolutely looking forward to attending.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Greek life is the party scene. Tailgates r lyfe

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Registration is easy even if you don't always end up in what you want. Be prepared to work your ass off.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: We're a Southern school. Doing better, but still so far to go.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Lot of alcohol, lot of marijuana, you can find other stuff if you want to but if you want to avoid it you absolutely can.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love Vanderbilt. Classes are interesting (beyond intro classes), people are wonderful, campus is beautiful!

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: A lot of school pride so networking is easy as alumni are enthusiastic to connect and help.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Disability services have been extremely accommodating and helpful!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some of the newer dorms are ridiculously spacious and nice, while the old one's aren't. It's as one would expect.

What's kinda a bummer for me is you're not allowed to live off campus until senior year MAYBE, which I would much prefer, but I do like the residential community vibes and how close my dorms have been to classes.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not involved right now but am planning to rush this year (my sophomore year). Sorority houses are mostly for chapter meetings and hanging out, as only the top officers are living in the houses. Sororities also cannot hold parties, and any pregames have to be held off campus or in the dorms of some srat girls. You're guaranteed a bid if you make it to pref night, which is awesome. Formal rush happens over two weekends coming back from winter break, and it's pretty regulated, unlike fraternity rush.

Fraternities are big. Parties happen Tues/Thurs/Fri/Sat, with Saturday tailgates. Rush seems like it would be hell, because boys basically have to go out most weeknight freshman fall.

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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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