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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Perfect in every way, I feel I have it all both now and when I graduate

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am very impressed, and its is getting exponentially better

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Better than any other school I visited by far, I am very pleased

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Fun and not that competitive, adds to the Vanderbilt experience

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Tailgates are the best days of the year

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: A great school and a better experience

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The courses are tough, especially if you take demanding classes, I regret taking a handful of demanding classes all at once, that was a bad idea. Also, the professors here are researchers, therefore they don't teach, so if you want to learn something, turn to youtube and your textbook

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There a lot of career and job opportunities, we have our own job portal, the career office is very helpful and there are lot of career affiliated clubs, student organizations and public Greek organizations

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is great, especially on commons: most of the housing facilities are new and they're planning to bring down more of the older dormitories and campus to build new ones

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life= Vanderbilt. A majority of the students are involved in Greek life. If you choose not to take part in Greek life (like I have) its fine, there a lot of other things to do on campus, but a lot of campus activities and parties revolve around Greek life, and going through the process is one of the best ways to make friends.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Athletics: They're pretty serious about football in the south, so our football team gets a lot of attention and funding BUT our team is one of the worst in the SEC. Our other athletic teams do well, but they don't get the same amount of attention.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol is by far the most common. Cocaine and weed are present, but much more covertly and there is way less pressure to use these drugs.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. However, I would not walk alone off campus at night - Nashville is a city, and has some crazies, especially downtown.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshmen all live on the commons, which is a great way to meet other freshmen. All of the commons dorms are very close to the commons center which has a dining hall and gym. Generally, the freshmen dorms are very nice and spacious, with the exception of a few of the older buildings.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Greek Life: For girls, being in a sorority does not affect your social life as much because you can still go to any fraternity parties. However, many guys can't get into fraternity parties if they are not in that fraternity or good friends with some of the brothers.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Athletics: Dressing up and tailgating for football games is awesome, but the football team hasn't been too good lately, so attendance at the games isn't amazing. In the winter and spring, many students attend basketball and baseball games - our baseball is one of the best in the country.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Vanderbilt has very hard academics, and you can't expect to get straight A's like in high school, but the university has so many opportunities and wants you to succeed. Being in Nashville, we have lots of opportunities to network and explore what the city has to offer. There's definitely a work hard, play hard attitude - students prioritize academics, but definitely love to go out and have fun.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The indoor field house and all of the rec fields are top class.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I wouldn't go anywhere else for the world. I love Vanderbilt!

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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The academics are really the strong point at Vanderbilt. The professors are experts in their respective fields. They all have PhDs from top-notch schools ranked at the same level or higher than Vanderbilt, have published articles in scholarly and peer-reviewed journals, and have taught for several years at the undergraduate level. They are approachable, honest and straight-forward in their grading criteria. I think the academics are what makes Vanderbilt great. Everything else could really use some work.

1 person found this useful Report
2 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The Arts and Sciences career center is a joke. I only had one friend who used the career services on a regular basis, and he was not able to land a single internship using them. He ended up getting an internship with a bulge bracket investment bank through a family connection.

Generally speaking, if you do not seek out their help, they will not be of any assistance to you. And the school does not host a lot of top companies. The only industries that it is decent at are health care and consulting. Health care is a major industry in Nashville because of the tax incentives offered by the state of Tennessee to health care companies. Consulting is decent because a number of Vanderbilt alumni have gone on to work for major consulting firms. But in reality, none of the classes at Vanderbilt are really that useful for going into consulting. Thus, you're going to have to sell yourself to the consulting firms as a well-rounded generalist.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: The campus itself feels very safe when walking around on it, day or night. The problem is the areas right outside the campus. Because a lot of the Vanderbilt kids are rich and flaunt their wealth, criminals come to the areas right outside of the campus and will often try to prey upon female students late at night who are alone. I parked in a garage owned by Vanderbilt that is only a block off of the main campus. A female student was raped there late at night, and the school never caught the individual. So bad things do happen, but not on the campus itself.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Living off-campus was far better than living on-campus at Vanderbilt. The dorms could have been more spacious, but at least they are new.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life is a stain on Vanderbilt's reputation. I can say that as a white male that grew up in a rich suburb in California, I was looked down upon for not being a part of a fraternity. The divide between greeks and non-greeks is generally racial and socioeconomic: greeks tend to be rich and white from suburbia and do not receive financial aid. They snottily look down upon non-greeks as second-class students. Greek life divides the campus in a very palpable and regrettable way.

But the real problem is that the culture greek life creates is preventing Vanderbilt from truly being considered an Ivy League-level school. Incidents like SAE destroying its house, DKE getting busted for cocaine dealing, and alumni coming to campus for a football game and having to walk through beer cans strewn everywhere dent the school's reputation. Until it rids itself of greek life altogether, it will have trouble making it to the level of the top 12.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: To start with the positive, the academics at Vanderbilt are truly top-notch. The professors are genuine experts in their fields, have published in scholarly journals, and are generally available for office hours. Small class sizes make for good class discussions and easy participation opportunities. Nashville itself is a great and fun city, and one that you can totally fall in love with during your 4 years at Vanderbilt. The campus itself is beautiful, with excellent academic facilities, guest speakers and food.

However, Vanderbilt is a study in constrasts. It is billed as a southern school, yet the majority of students are not from the south; a significant portion of them (the Northeasterners in particular) detest and despise the south as backwards and racist. They openly discuss how they wish they had gone to an Ivy League school, but were rejected and ended up at Vanderbilt instead.

Vanderbilt has a very clear class divide: the rich, white students join greek life and mostly stick to themselves, while the others, including minorities, hipsters, transfer students, the ultra-religious and those who just don't fit in to Vandy culture, are left to do their own thing, but are generally looked down upon as second class (socially speaking). Vanderbilt boasts that half the students receive financial aid, yet the diversity is sorely lacking; the clear reason being that the school is unwilling to take on and dismantle greek life for fear of losing alumni donations.

Most pathetically, Vanderbilt is located in a truly awesome city. And yet many students never leave the campus to see and experience Nashville, because many of them consider the south to be scary, backwards, racist, etc. And of course these people grew up in places like Scarsdale, Orange County, Chevy Chase, Highland Park, etc.

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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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