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5 College Freshman

Majors: I'm a double major in Human and Organizational Development and Economics, and I feel like I'm being well prepared for whatever job I end up pursuing. All HOD majors are required to complete an internship for a semester before graduation, so of course you'll receive a lot of experience before even getting your degree. Typically, Vandy students don't have a lot of trouble finding internships just because of the school's reputation.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman housing is great, but the upperclassman housing is not as good. Basically, freshmen are spoiled. However, they are in the process of rebuilding Kissam, which should be ready in 2016, and it's supposed to be really nice.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There is always so much to do on campus: the biggest problem when it comes to the social scene is deciding what NOT to do. There are always shows to attend-- plays, acapella groups performing, concerts in Nashville, musicians at local venues just to name a few... Every weekend, students receive "Weekend @ Vandy" emails highlighting the events happening that weekend, and it's always filled with formals, fundraising events, movie screenings, and more.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: It rains here a lot more than expected, so be prepared with rainboots and an umbrella. Also, many classes can be up to a 15 minute walk from the dorms, so when the weather is bad, the walks to class are pretty miserable. However, when it's not rainy or cold, it's BEAUTIFUL outside.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Computers are good and up to date-- nothing spectacular, though. There are always free computers for use: both macs and PCs.

3 College Senior

Transportation: It really depends on what kind of transportation you mean. We have a VandyVan shuttle on campus that moves students from place to place on campus, but it only runs from 5Pm to 5aM, when people have a chance of getting raped or attacked. The public transportation system in Nashville is decent, but relatively undeveloped compared to that of New York. I think the average of the two would be a B+.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I would say the off campus housing here is pretty good. A lot of the apartments off campus actually cost less than housing on campus. Normally Vanderbilt wants students to stay on campus for at least their first three years of college, but because of the closing of Kissam Quad in 2012, we have had a shortage of available rooms for all students, so the administration had to let students live off campus even if they are not seniors.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Part of the SEC so even if Vandy is not having a great year the visiting teams are tops in the country.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Nashville has so much to offer from pro sports to music. Many activities on campus.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is incredibly limited. Permit costs are high and you aren't allowed to have a car freshman year (although some people get around this by getting a permit to a garage in one of the nearby hotels). Driving to class is not really an option as most students live on campus and there is no parking near most classroom buildings. Having a car is great if you have an internship or want to explore Nashville, but definitely not a necessity.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life completely dominates Vandy, especially for girls. 50% of girls join sororities, which doesn't seem like that many but in reality it overwhelms the social scene. Greeks love being Greek.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: It's rare to get off campus, especially if you are a freshman. not many things are conveniently located within walking or biking distance. However after freshman year, if you bring a car, you can more easily enjoy the Nashville city scene which is pretty vibrant if you're looking for nightlife. There are always concerts if you can get to them.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms, called The Commons, are the best dorms I have seen offered to freshman. The buildings that make up The Commons are either newly built or recently renovated. The upperclassman options, like Towers, Highland, or Branscomb are great options for upperclassman because of the apartment style rooms.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Nashville is a vibrant and exciting city. There is always something to do in the city, whether it be going out to eat or just walking around. Being a magnet for music, many big name artists frequent Nashville to play concents.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I really enjoy my major, which is Medicine, Health, and Society. It's great because it's interdisciplinary, so I take classes ranging from psychology, to biology, to philosophy. There are a lot of options for classes. I'm planning to go to med school. A lot of people who study MHS go to med school, healthcare administration, or public health. This major provides a lot of job opportunities and doesn't keep you too focused on one track.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: There were not any difficulties to getting into my program, which is Medicine, Health, and Society. I just applied to the College of Arts and Sciences and declared my sophomore year. The one difficulty with my major is getting into the classes because they are so popular.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm a Medicine, Health, and Society Major at Vanderbilt, and I really enjoy the program. It gives an interdisciplinary approach to medicine and health instead of focusing on just a science perspective. The workload is not bad, and it focuses more on social sciences. It's nice to be able to tailor the major to what you want to focus on because there are a lot of elective classes for MHS. Possible jobs for MHS majors are medicine, healthcare administration, and public health. Overall, MHS allows you to have a wide variety of jobs in the healthcare field.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Need-blind, full-need, and no-loan. The three magic phrases for college students who need money to pay for college. The problem is most colleges who offer such generous financial aid packages are also very, very hard to get into. Every Ivy League college, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt, Rice, and Washington University are examples. All of the above colleges have one thing in common: A boatload of money. Vanderbilt's endowment for 2012 is $3.4 billion.

The statistics on Vanderbilt's financial aid website are somewhat false. I estimate a good half of the students at Vanderbilt receive $1000 or less in financial aid to pay for their $60,000 cost of attendance because their parents are already making hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions. But guess where the rest of the financial aid budget goes... yes, to the needy!

Several students I know pay $0 to attend Vanderbilt. They get a small stipend every year to cover their living expenses because their families make so little income. The downside is everything at Vanderbilt costs money. Laundry, water, utensils... anything you got for free before will now be deducted from your Commodore Cash or Meal Money accounts.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Freshman year the housing is great, but every year that follows has a lot to live up to. The first year experience is fantastic, but the housing is not completely terrible once you get of the "Commons".

3 College Junior

Athletics: We have some great teams, but sometimes the school spirit gets lost.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: There is always something to eat on and around campus!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many great restaurants within walking distance of campus in an area called Hillsboro Village and on West End. You can also take a car or cab to many other areas of Nashville with great food.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Vanderbilt is a lot more diverse than the stereotype it is given. I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of diversity I found here. There is a lot of ethnic/racial diversity. Many people are on scholarships and financial aid leading to a more socioeconomic diversity. The school is pretty balanced between Republicans and Democrats. There is definitely religious diversity and acceptance. There is some diversity of sexual orientation and Vanderbilt definitely tries to promote acceptance of diverse sexual orientations. Overall, Vanderbilt has done a good job with their diversity, but there is still more they can work towards to improving it, which I believe they are doing.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The large majority of the Vandy student body is white upper-middle class. There is not a lot of variety among students, with preppy greeks being the norm. Variety and political beliefs and religion are widely accepted.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: There is no separate application process to become an education major (just apply to Peabody College with your regular application). The biggest obstacle is that the education tracks are extremely intensive in terms of number of required classes, so if you switch into an education major after Freshman year it may be hard to finish the course work in 4 years.

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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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