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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Branscomb and some of the older upperclassmen dorms suck, but Kissam opening should make a lot of people happy this next year.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: Top of the notch academics--period. Great professors and students are brilliant and driven to keep learning.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Athletics: Vanderbilt is an SEC school and we are devoted to the future success of our sports teams. Football and basketball are two of the greatest things about Vandy; athletics unite the entire campus with the local community and with alumni. Sports games are an essential part to the SEC experience. Go Dores.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Girls here are both attractive and intelligent. Everyone here is friendly and motivated.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food here is extremely good, and there are many options on campus, so that you can diversify your eating habits.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Nashville is a foody city. Some of the best food in the country. Tons of great local places (many of which have a great country music environment) and lots of chain restaurants.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity here is much greater than given credit for. People of all races, beliefs, religions etc. The geographical diversity is also amazing; people are from all over the map.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Local Area: Nashville is the best college town and the best city in general.

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Vanderbilt gives the best financial aid. No Loans!

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Administration: Very lax environment; the school overall is not strict, and trusts the students.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Weather: Vandy gets all four seasons, but avoids the extreme colds of the winter, and the winter is short. Warm most of the year.

8 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: Top of the notch academics--period. Great students, great teachers. The school work can be difficult, but it is rewarding, and I couldn't have gotten a better education at an other school in the world.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol is present, but not too much peer pressure. Drugs are not prevalent, but available

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Party Scene: So many bars downtown and on a strip called Demonbreun Street. Lots of options off campus, and lots on campus with fraternity parties and tailgates.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Nashville has amazing restaurants all within walking distance or even a short drive away. I've been here 4 years and I still haven't tried all of the places I want to eat at.

4 College Senior

Technology: There are computer labs, but they are somewhat limited since the vast majority of students have a personal computer. With the amount of work we do, you really need a personal computer. The wireless network spans the entire campus and runs very well and never has problems. You don't need a personal printer since there are printing stations and a lot of students don't have their own printer, however, printing on campus printers costs 5 cents a page so it can get steep if you are printing a lot of material.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Local Area: Nashville is an amazing city full of friendly people, four seasons, fun activities, fantastic restaurants, lively bars, and most importantly, the most amazing music scene you will find anywhere.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The Vandy Vans run 5pm to 5am. Freshmen have a 10 minute walk to main campus classes, but the Vandy Vans are convenient for clubs meetings or attending greek events.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek Life at Vanderbilt might be some of the greatest in the country. The smaller school size (as compared to a state school) allows you to know (or at least be aware of) basically everyone who's involved in the Greek community. Despite having a smaller student population than big state schools, there are a comparable number of Greek House; this allows for a greater chunk of the students to get involved.

For guys, the entire first semester is dedicated to rush, which makes the first year is an incredible experience. This lengthy rush season and general lack of regard for "legacy status" (it does matter at a few houses) allows the students to be sorted into the Fraternities in which they would fit in best.

For girls, the first semester can be nerve-wracking with limited permissible communication to and from Sorority members. The rush is hectic but has a very regular 2 week time-frame.

The University does not allow Greek housing for more than 6 people per house. This can be seen as positive or negative, depending on the person.

10 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Diversity: Vanderbilt is sometimes considered a "Conservative School," which is true when comparing it to other schools (which are predominantly Liberal); however, it is in reality very neutral. It's a nice place to be if you want to avoid having a liberal agenda shoved down your throat.

11 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Vandy Vans are fantastic and they run at various stops around campus from 5 pm - 5 am. Taxis are always easy to find, as well as zip cars.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Vanderbilt overall is constantly renovating its facilities in order to provide the best on-campus atmosphere for all of its students.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Greek life is pretty dominant at Vanderbilt, but it is definitely possible to have a social life without going greek.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: Vanderbilt is not that strict, they offer a lot of freedoms in regards to normal living situations. I live in a co-ed house this year which I really enjoy, and there aren't really any strict rules about visitation or like curfew or anything. They are strict about the honor code, but it's not like they're out to get you.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: Vanderbilt is difficult, but I personally love the psychology program that I am involved in. The teachers are really nice and really care about how you are doing.

6 people found this useful Report
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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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