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5 College Freshman

Majors: Blair is a unique place were you can receive a conservatory without having sacr5ifice top-twenty academics. Most students double major or minor, and students are given a lot of performance opportunities. As a voice major, I benefit from a revolutionary instruction in art song and lyric theatre not found in most music schools.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Vandy is a very accepting and diverse place. Despite it's WASPy reputation, it has made leaps and bounds in diversity.

5 College Freshman

Academics: As a student at the Blair School of Music, I am given a conservatory style education combined with a top twenty research university. Being a completely undergraduate institution, all performance opportunities, masterclasses, ensembles, and one-on-one contact with professors are not taken by grad students. It is also, incredibly easy to double major and minor outside of Blair. It is just as common for a Blair grad to go to Med, Law, or Business School as it is to go study Performance. All of this is in a student body of approximately 200 students. Blair is more then just a school. It is a family.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: It's very tough, but very doable with the right work ethic.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Campus is great. You often forget you're in the middle of city. Facilities are taken care of, and, overall, campus as a whole is stunning.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Nashville is quickly becoming the top city for millennials. It's grown a lot in the last few years, and it's predicted to continue to grow.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The number of attractive people on this campus is ridiculous. However, there is a huge hookup culture.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Vandy is a top tier school full of friendly, intelligent, and interesting people. The experience I've had at this place have changed me in ways I couldn't have imagined at move-in weekend. The faculty cares. The students are passionate. The campus is gorgeous. Nashville is having a new renaissance. I couldn't imagine myself at any other school.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Vanderbilt was the best decision I could have made. Professors are incredibly interested in you, the student body is very active and supportive, and opportunities to explore and advance are endless. Students and professors at Vanderbilt are incredible passionate in what they do. They exude this passion in their everyday lives and use it drive each other to greater success. Unlike Columbia, UChicago, Northwestern, or Stanford, Vandy doesn't have the intense competition among the student body. Rather, there is a large sense of community and good ol' southern hospitality.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: If you take advantage of your time here at Vandy, you will go far. The Vandy brand has become great because of the hard work of the students.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Vandy is a safe campus, just don't be dumb. Be informed and take action.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: If you want greek that's great! If you don't, that's great too! It doesn't make that big of a difference on campus. This partially due to deferred recruitment and non-residential greek houses.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Vandy athletics are okay. Some students are very into it, but most aren't. Games are fun to go to sometimes, but most students will go to baseball or basketball games over football.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Campus housing is just cheaper. Just live on campus. Everyone does.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Nashville is incredible for food. It is an incredibly diverse city with tons of unique and delicious options. Vandy's Taste of Nashville program is a great way to try the cuisine. It allows you to use commodore cash and meal money at select restaurants in the area.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Admin has it's problems, (There was an issue with salting completely frozen over sidewalks this winter) but over all they listen to students and encourage activism on many issues, especially lgbtq+, sexual assault, race, religion, and safe sex. When it comes to drugs and alcohol, it's pretty easy to be discreet.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid is a dream at Vandy. Most students receive at least some money. A good number have all of tuition covered. For me, Vandy ended up being cheaper than my local state school.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Vandy is the perfect example of the "work hard play hard mentality". You will generally always have the option of going out on the weekends. Whether you want to hit the frats, McGill, or dorm parties, there will always be something to do.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Vandy dining is excellent when it comes to variety of food, location, and their ability to make some really incredible meals. However, quite often your own schedules make it hard to take advantage of these options. I have most of my classes in the Blair School of Music, and I often have to choose between Susie's and Quiznos. It definitely gets old.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing is pretty good. Living on the Commons is fantastic and top of line in terms of first year housing. As an upperclassmen quality of housing varies, but over all it is well maintained. Most students live on campus all four years, so the social environment in housing is great.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have never lived off campus, but I have a few friends who have (the option is only available to seniors unless there are extenuating circumstances). There are several close, reasonably priced apartments that some people have, but most people stay on campus for the convenience.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Nashville has great food! There are a lot of off-campus options that are "on the card" (you can pay with your meal plan), as well as tons of local restaurants. Prices are usually pretty good, and the food is amazing. If you come to campus, try Hattie B's, the Pharmacy, or Pancake Pantry!

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: The dorm visitation policy is really nice; not as much of a hassle as I've heard from other schools. You're responsible if you bring someone in and they damage something, but otherwise it's fine. The freshman housing is dry, but everywhere else has pretty lenient alcohol policies.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Everyone gets need-based aid up to their "demonstrated need". For the majority, this is fine, but if your parents aren't paying (like mine) or your parents have a lot of money, you may not get all the help you need. They do try to get you out without loans, but I would say it doesn't work all the time.

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5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: If you want to party, there is every opportunity. If you don't want to party, there are tons of other fun things to do. Frat parties and large suite parties are the most popular.

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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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