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3 College Junior

Diversity: Political Beliefs – You may think that coming to Nashville will mean a bunch of conservative students, but since Vandy students come from all over, you're just as likely to students who are more liberal in their beliefs. There's also your fair share of political apathy, and some students are prone to childish jokes and banter about politicians rather than intellectual debates or conversations. I do think Vandy does a good job of bringing in speakers from different political backgrounds and we've recently hosted Madeleine Albright, Ralph Nader, and Mitt Romney.

4 College Junior

Academics: Students will definitely tell you it depends on your major but these professors are some of the best in their field for a reason. Intelligent, challenging, and most importantly to me, helpful and personable. Most of my classes, I actually enjoy learning and professors emphasize learning over grades.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The greatest thing about us Vanderbilt Students is that, well... we are very smart, obviously, or else we would not have gotten into this top-ranked school. We do not, however, study constantly. We have a lot of fun, too. Vanderbilt is the ONLY University in the U.S. that is ranked as a top 15 academic school, and well as a top 15 party school. We know how to live a balanced life. We know how to work and how to play.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: The "Vander-Bubble" – Vanderbilt students tend to stay close to campus- a trend our Chancellor calls the "Vander-bubble." This is most likely due to the fact that over 95% of students live on campus and there are so many restaurants and social attractions close to campus. The local environment of Nashville, however, is fantastic for the college lifestyle when students do leave campus, though, and area attractions such as dance clubs, concerts, shopping, movie theaters, and more are abundant.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: Free Internet Access through the password-protected Vanderbilt Wi-Fi network is available everywhere on campus! It is a very reliabile and high-speed service that all students can take advantage of. Personal computers are highly reccommended to take notes with during certain classes, however there are computers in all of the 8 libraries on campus and even in some of the lecture hall buildings that are available for use, and even connected to printers that charge a small amount to each student's personal account when used.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Vandy Van runs from 5pm-4am/5am every night which is great to get around campus (which isn't even that big, so it's just a convenience). There are also always cheap shuttles to the airports during holidays. Cabs are always waiting in Branscomb Circle if you need one, and soon some cabs will be taking the Commodore Card.

2 College Junior

Parking: Even though the lots are pretty close to the dorms, I always have trouble finding a spot. The permits are also ridiculously expensive

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Good Variety in Price and Type of Food – There are many places to eat within walking distance of campus. There isn't a huge variety in type of food, but there is in price and atmosphere. I personally love the off-campus dining around campus.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: Dining Is Good for a College Campus – Compared to all of my friends reviews of their college dining, I think the food and options at Vanderbilt are excellent. We have the Pub where you can always get burgers/fun atmosphere, Grins which is vegetarian, and Rotiki which has sandwiches/paninis/etc. Having Quiznos on meal plan is also really ncie. The only problem I have with dining is that our main dining hall (Rand) is too small/unable to cope with the amount of students coming in at lunch time. Also why isn't Rand open for dinner every night? That makes no sense to me...

4 College Student

Local Area: Nashville is awesome, especially if you like country music. Historic honkytonks like Tootsies and the Stage are a 5 min cab ride away and there is plenty of hoppin night life in the immediate area as well. Its an incredible city to go to school in- and I am from NY- in the past few years it has become very cosmopolitan.

1 College Junior

Transportation: Forget the Summer – Parking is hard and you'll walk till heat exhaustion, you can fall into a heat induced coma wandering around for days looking to get access to different facilities and looking for around for administrators or passing out at the hospital waiting for service

4 College Sophomore

Weather: All 4 Seasons, but Watch Out for Rain – Spring and fall are gorgeous! And many lawns and a nearby park make beautiful weather very easy to enjoy. But it rains in Nashville fairly often, so umbrellas, rain boots, and rain jackets are a must.

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol More Prevalent, but Can Get Drugs If You Want – Every school has drugs. Every school has alcohol. Alcohol is more common at Vanderbilt, but you can have fun without it. Drugs are less common, but still popular, though more behind closed doors.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Study Space for All – Vanderbilt offers a very wide array of study-space options. Several buildings across campus are open to students 24/7, including 2 of the school's 8 libraries and many classrooms (which are great for study groups). The Starbucks in the Student Life Center and a virtually silent room off of the main cafeteria are popular and easily accessible. There are also multiple coffee shops, cafes, and book stores within walking distance of campus for those who need an occasional change of scenery.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: It's Great to Watch Other Good Teams – Vandy is in the SEC, which means we get to watch really good teams play, just rarely is Vandy that "good team." Men's football and basketball programs are consistently promising, then largely disappointing. But hey, if you're into Women's Bowling, then Vandy may be the place for you. Students love their Commodores, but when push comes to shove, school spirit is seemingly lacking.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Self-segregation is rampant at Vandy, for better or worse; although, technical diversity is largely present due to the Admission's Office's desire to see a increase in national rankings.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Work Hard, Play Hard Mentality – If you're intelligent enough to get into Vandy, you should be able to know how to balance a social life with academics, so be prepared to be expected to "be more" by faculty, peers, and upperclassmen. Most students are not only dedicated to their studies, but highly involved in multiple student organizations and maintain very active social lives - be it Greek or Independent.
Vandy's latent southern feel is extremely welcoming, as are most people on campus - be they from Georgia or Manhattan. Geographical diversity is largely present, and racial diversity is too, students really self-segregate by race and ethnicity. The hoards of Malaysian students contribute to Vandy's "diversity," but they are a prime example of the flaws of academia's desire for greater cultural understanding and interconnecting among students. The Commons living-learning experiment as well as the semester-long VuCept first-year orientation program successfuly is able to pull students from different backgrounds into micro-forums of sharing.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is inconvenient, expensive, and a hassle. Freshmen are not allowed to have cars on campus, though some get away with it by purchasing permits at nearby hotels. Upperclassmen parking has two options: convenient and expensive, or inconvenient and dirt cheap. The office of traffic and parking is a nightmarish, gestapo-like force that is always handing out parking tickets; sometimes you can see them standing in front of a meter that has only a minute left on its time writing the ticket for the exact moment when it expires.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Meal Money Is Good – Meal plans that include meal money are great and a lot of local restaurants close to campus accept it, and it works just like cash. However, there is a large push by students to continually expand the program to other restaurants to compensate for the university dining halls weird hours.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Follow the Honor Code – The Honor Code is strictly enforced. This is a good thing however, because all of the students work so hard to achieve their best.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Go Greek or Go Home – Greek life is huge at Vanderbilt. Even if you are not part of Greek life, almost everyone is down at the fraternity houses to go to parties.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on the Commons – The dorms where most sophomores get stuck are all singles, small, and in an awful location. However, the freshman, who all live on the commons, have excellent dorms with their own dining hall and workout facility.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: Music City has something for everyone. Downtown is always lively and very safe.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Many Options – The Nashville area provides many affordable options for off campus housing

5 College Senior

Technology: State of the Art – The computers and infrastructure are all well maintained


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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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