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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics are very rigorous and a lot is expected of the students.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very diverse despite the Southern school reputation

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Pretty prevalent but no one forces anyone to do anything

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Varies like every other school. Some are harder than others, so you ask friends because everyone has dealt with them.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Very good alumni connections and prestige, at least in the South and more so in the North now then 10 years ago.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The PCC is very accessible for all of those who need it

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Great for freshmen, juniors, and seniors. Sophomores get a bit left out.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Top notch, inclusive, although it can be frustrating at times.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Love the athletes. Fan support wavers at time for big football games.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Very tough academically. The campus is small enough to where you're able to learn from each other, but the rigor of the school surpasses what most of my friends mention at Ivy schools.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I wouldn't go anywhere else. (I mean, obviously I would, I'm pretty adaptable, but Vanderbilt is simply incredible)

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Vanderbilt is an extraordinarily prestigious university. Though prestige is far from being the whole equation, it does say a lot about candidates for jobs and grad schools, and people pay attention to Vandy.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very safe campus. Of course, things happen, as with any university in the world, but Nashville is quite a safe city.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman year has been good but we'll see what happens as I become an upperclassman.

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: I hate Greek life and so I really can't comment on the relative quality at Vandy

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are okay - Vandy loves sports but isn't great at them.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Can't imagine myself anywhere else!

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's easy to forget sometimes that the professors and advisors you see everyday are world-renowned experts in their fields - they're so personable, likable, and incredible at their jobs. Sometimes I'll run across their names in journals or research and I'm reminded of just how accomplished and experienced the faculty here is.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Some programs are more highly ranked and stronger than others, particularly engineering, the sciences, and the education school, Peabody. However, the name 'Vanderbilt' alone can land you an internship or a job, and the connections you make with faculty are so important. Sometimes I wish Vanderbilt offered more support with finding jobs and internships, but at the same time I'm glad I've learned how to manage the ropes myself.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Vanderbilt is quite a safe campus, probably much more safe than most campuses located in a city. Sexual assault is a huge problem, one that administration is willing to address but practically can't be fully addressed until the student body loses it's very close-minded, white, entitled, Greek-life centered approach to running campus. I will say, however, that as a victim of sexual assault I have received good support from the campus as a whole, and help was available. It's difficult to watch a campus that's so riddled with problems not take these issues more seriously, but I feel the faculty and administration want to move forward and that gives me some hope.

There are many resources for mental and physical health as well, and the hospital here is amazing. However, you can literally wait months to see someone for a psych consult even if you are feeling suicidal. There's overcrowding and underfunding everywhere. If you do get to see someone, though, and the care is excellent.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Freshman housing is incredible - a great sense of community, amazing rooms, and it's close to food and activities. Once you leave freshman year, though, they kind of don't care. Unless you're lucky enough to make it in Kissam or Highland quad or get a spot off campus, every other option is a little scary. Like. Really. Cockroaches and dirty community bathrooms and flooding type of scary.

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1 College Junior

Greek Life: I don't know if Vanderbilt has Greek life that's truly worse than most other schools with Greek life, but I honestly hate it. The sheer amount of clique-y-ness that goes on sororities is immature enough, but the partying, underage drinking, and repeated sexual assault cover-ups that happen in the frats is so below the character and the reputation of this school.

2 College Junior

Athletics: Our athletics are laughably bad in some areas, but pretty great in others. Baseball and basketball make it worthwhile but for the most part, our sports are embarrassing and we don't belong in the SEC.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Vanderbilt does a good job of offering you the world when it comes to academics - professors are amazing, facilities are updated and vast, and financial aid is unbelievably great. For the most part, though, the student body is lazy, entitled, and discriminatory. Greek life overwhelms the social scene and corruption among student groups and the student body is flagrantly obvious.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Hoping for the best, only time will tell

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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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