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3 College Freshman

Parking: Campus parking permits or nearby hotel garage permits are rather expensive - I think most are like ~$800/year; however, having a car on campus is truly unnecessary as a freshman especially and for the most part as a sophomore (upperclassmen maybe less so). Also, I had friends park on streets around campus the entire year without having to pay anything. Of course it's a long walk and there's no guaranteed spot, but that could be an option also.

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5 College Junior

Local Area: The local atmosphere is amazing! There is always something to do for all types of people. You can go downtown to the bars, see unlimited musical acts, eat incredible food, visit museums, go clubbing, be a hipster at a cafe, play soccer in Centennial Park, and anything else you can possibly think of.

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5 College Junior

Greek Life: There will always be something to do on the frat row.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Vanderbilt has in-house dining, which makes the quality of the food better compared to most schools. There are many on campus dining locations so there exists variety in the type of food available. The vegetarian/vegan options are also better than average ("Grins" is an on-campus vegetarian restaurant).

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on Commons your freshman year will be fantastic - the ten houses are all really really nice dorms (all either renovated or built in the past 10 years), and it's a nice experience having a faculty head of house living in the dorm. There are lots of options for upperclassmen housing to, although none of them quite beat Commons. They're also building an entire new quad of upperclassmen dorms that are set to open in the fall of 2014. Housing is on the pricier side here, but compared to a lot of other schools, it's like living in a hotel. Living Learning Communities are also a cool thing to check out for upperclassmen.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many great restaurants in Nashville, and so many are walking distance from campus. What's especially great is that there is this cool program, Taste of Nashville, that Vanderbilt has with almost 30 restaurants around the campus that allows you to use your Commodore Card like a debit card at those places, and a certain amount of Meal Money is added to your card every semester. This makes it easy to go out with your friends to great places like P.F. Chang's or Cabana and not have to always worry about bringing cash with you. On top of that, Hillsboro Village has tons of cute little restaurants, like Pancake Pantry, Fido and Provence Cafe that are always worth a visit. Definitely get your parents to take you to Maggiano's and Pancake Pantry while they're here, and get them to take you to Burger Up at least once - it's the best burger I've ever had in my life.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: The housing is in order and timely. The facilities are well-kept with custodial services. There are renovations going on now. You will feel comfortable and at home. Much better than many other schools.

4 College Junior

Majors: I feel as if Vanderbilt has a very large and unique group of majors. One is able to be interdisciplinary (English + History, for example); Medicine, Health, and Society (what I am; essentially public health); or Human and Organizational Development-- to just name some of the more interesting ones. I am a double major, and I find it very easy to manage. The faculty are all very loyal to their departments and majors/minors, so you will be surrounded by a group of very supportive folks.

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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The process to applying, finding, and funding off campus housing is so arduous and lengthy. My roommate and I started the process, but got overwhelmed and realized it wasn't as good of a deal as we had originally thought. Plus, the ones that are close to campus fill up early, so one will also have to have a car (more expenses) in order to travel back and worth. I suggest on campus housing.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining gives you lots of options! From late night (Cafe Coco) to high-end (Sunset, Cabana) to chicken (Prince's and McDougal's), Nashville does food well. Cheap/cheaper options are easy to find, and many restaurants will accept your Commodore Card (like your school debit card).

3 College Junior

Technology: The computer lab in Garland has a few decent computers-- including Macs. The Biomedical Library is extremely outdated. Central Library has many really nice computers. Printing on campus can be fairly unreliable, and Biomed no longer offers free printing. The network seems to always be up to speed, and there is wireless access essentially everywhere on campus.

2 College Junior

Administration: VUPD does not monitor much, only in emergencies. Visitor rules are fairly lax, and many hallways and suites are co-ed. Students get free reign of most of campus.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: For people who want greek life, this is the place. Over 60% of students are involved. For those not interested, like me, think carefully. Greek events seem to dominate campus culture, especially on the weekends. The result is an environment where most people are expected to party on the weekends. However, there are many other things to do if that is not your thing, such as hiking/canoeing trips, plays, the symphony, volunteer projects, and exploring downtown.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing for freshman is the best on campus. The dorms actually look like hotels inside. For upperclassmen the dorms are atill nice, but just not as showy. There are also Mayfields for upperclassmen that house 10 students with a project. These are very popular and competitive to get into.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Nashville is a wonderful city with large numbers of music, sports, and cultural events. There are also several parks not too far from campus for hiking or canoeing. That being said, it is often difficult to make enough time in between classes and studying to actually experience all that the city has to offer.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Vanderbilt feels very safe, with blue light phones throughout campus, police escorts available if desired, and a campus bus system that runs from 5pm-5am every day. I have heard of laptop robberies from unlocked dormrooms, so simply be smart about protecting your valuable possesions.

3 College Senior

Weather: Nashville has terrible allergy problems. The weather can bounce back and forth from warm to freezing cold and it really takes tole on people. The Fall and Spring here however are absolutely gorgeous. The winter is just way too long and way too sporadic.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: There is always something to do at Vanderbilt in the area of parties. There are fraternity parties pretty much every night besides Sunday and Monday. There are parties in the dorms every weekend. And downtown Nashville is always alive with tourists. There are plenty of clubs downtown for underage party goers but you'll have to foot a cover charge most places. The fraternity parties are probably where most Vanderbilt students go on the weekends and they're always crazy and often out of hand.

4 College Senior

Academics: It really is very program dependent. The music school that I am in has an admittedly pretty easy work load. The math and physics programs here are fantastic and difficult as all get out though. There are a number of education majors that everyone say are ridiculously easy (HOD). The engineering school is pretty tough, having a lot to do with the math requirements. Arts & Science majors can range from pretty rigorous to ridiculous depending on what you're doing. There are a lot of fantastic fun classes to take though. Though unfortunately there are no physical education classes (basketball, tennis, etc.)

5 College Senior

Academics: I am a Musical Arts-Voice major at Vanderbilt University. The program is undergraduate students only which opens up a large amount of performance opportunities that I wouldn't have had at bigger schools. I have already performed three leading roles in operas whereas I would be lucky to have even had one small role as a senior at a school like Indiana or Juilliard. The faculty gives a lot of attention and they all work together extremely well. A great vocal education.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: We are the only school that can offer a first-class education and have teams competing in the SEC, which is the most competitive conference in all of college athletics. Sometimes, attendance can be a bit sparse because of the relatively small student body, but with the football team coming off its best season in 97 years and the baseball team ranked #3 in the nation, it seems like that will change.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: A lot of the students are the stereotypical rich, white "Vandy kids." However, recently efforts have been made to improve diversity, and the student body has changed significantly in recent years.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There isn't as wide a variety of readily accessible food options as I'd like, but I have yet to have a bad meal. All of the food is very good and made with care by nice people. The freshman meal plan makes sure that students are always fed as they make the transition to college, but the freshman 15 is not nearly the problem it is made out to be.

4 College Junior

Academics: Vandy's a grade A school because it's challenging, but the professors are will to help you with any needs you have. I definitely have found it hard most times, but of course there are always those easier random classes that are fun to take and raise your GPA.

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3 College Junior

Technology: Not all the computers are equipped to handle all kinds of word documents, so it's kind of hard to convert from your computer sometimes.

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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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