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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

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Resources are available if students are in need

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's great, but a little expensive

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is big at my school, just not for me.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Good, but could be better

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I especially love the hybrid major, Medicine Health and Society (MHS) because it provides a sociology focused lens on medicine and the medical field.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've met some of the brightest and most driven people while at Vanderbilt. Many of my peers go on to top graduate programs and jobs.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: They have a lot of great initiatives for rape prevention and general on campus safety.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I don't live in the best housing. But my residences so far have not been horrific.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Not an interest of mine.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Its fun to watch, but we are only really known for baseball.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: STEM courses can be extremely difficult, but I've had an over all great experience at one of the nation's best universities.

5 College Student

Campus Housing: The Ingram commons for freshman year are amazing. They build such a great sense of community and food is very close. Also, coed floors are a good time

4 College Student

Greek Life: Although you don't have to be Greek to enjoy frat parties (which are a very fun time) it's awesome having a group of people to hang out with and party with

5 College Student

Athletics: I'm on the cheer team, and the entire spirit program is awesome. The school support behind each of the sports is awesome. And being in the SEC, football game days in the fall are hella hype

5 College Student

Overall Experience: Everyone is super nice and the guys are all very smart and hot- what more could you want from college

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is no problem with the health and safety of students.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The school is a great choice, and it has an awesome atmosphere.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Most people on campus expect a top level job, and achieve their goals

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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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