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1 College Sophomore

Majors: I am Pre-Nursing. There is no Nursing Major. The school has very few ways to prepare one for any nursing school other than Vanderbilt School of Nursing. There is a pre-nursing society, and 3-2 program. In the 3-2 program you finish your junior year(and the required prereqs) and then transfer into Vandy School of Nursing. But if you want to go to a different school of nursing you're basically screwed.

1 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The majority of the guys and girls on campus can be filtered into elitist, 1%, bros and sorority girls. People don't go out(even for class or studying) unless they look top-notch, leaving a crippling pressure on campus to constantly reach unattainable physical perfection. Social life revolves around the greek scene, which creates this aforementioned, inescapable culture on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman live in awesome housing, but have to walk for 15-20 minutes for any class on the main campus. Upperclassmen have many choices, but most of them are bad. For the short version, go to Towers for partying, or Vanderbilt and Barnard for studying.

The most social dorm is Carmichael Towers West, where people live in large suites and party hard on the weekends. Towers East is also very social, but has more single rooms and a few doubles. The Branscomb Quadrangle is yet another party dormitory due to being in close proximity to Fraternity Row, and thus houses many brothers and sisters. Vanderbilt and Barnard halls are connected and have spacious single and double rooms, with a less raging party scene than any of the above. Highland Quad has very large suites (4 or more people) and is located far away from everything, but is very quiet. Blakemore House is the newest dormitory on campus but is also far away from everything; I would assume things are quiet there as well, and very nice. Cole and Tolman are the women and men only dorms, but I know very little about them. McTyeire residents are required to speak in a foreign language (they are either international or anti-social) and are forced eat dinner there on a regular basis, but everything there is new and clean due to being renovated 20 years ago. Greek Row has nice houses in plain sight of everybody who walks on campus. Last, Kissam Quadrangle is being rebuilt, and sure to be amazing in two or three years.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Do not park at Vanderbilt. The permit costs are absurd at around $200 per semester.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm surprised our school is ranked 86th for "Where Greek Life Rules" because the phrase embodies the Vanderbilt social scene. I shun Greek Life, but I must admit, people who enjoy fraternity parties will have something to do every weekend at Vanderbilt.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Very little explanation needed here. Vanderbilt has minor grade deflation. The courses are hard on purpose, but college should be hard. Class sizes are small for the most part, but be prepared to sit in a crowd of 200+ students for pre-med classes.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many places to eat off-campus. The problem is Vanderbilt money can only be used at about 40 places, you have to walk quite a distance to get there, and most of them are unhealthy fare. Fried chicken, pizza, and Mexican are everywhere.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: For the most part, you are safe on campus in the day time. However, there are many homeless and troubled people living in the South, and you will see quite a few of them just sitting on the sidewalk. There have been many documented incidents at night, so taking the Vandy Van or walking in direct light is recommended.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: The wired internet is quite fast. They need to have more computer labs on campus but there are enough for most students' purposes.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Attractive, but annoying. A common theme is for an attractive girl to have a selfish attitude to match. The gentlemen are more relaxed for the most part, but show their true colors when they party like wild animals.

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1 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Almost everyone drinks at Vanderbilt. You will face peer pressure to do stupid things and drink more than you can. Welcome to college.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The Recreation Center is always crowded and is very far away from where upperclassmen live. The Center is also somewhat small. The overall campus is full of trees and grass, but also with swarms of gnats having orgies everywhere. Vanderbilt maintenance needs to do a better job with pest control.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: There exists racial diversity on campus, but you will be silently discriminated against by most of the white community for being anything other than white or black. In other words, white people will avoid you for being Asian. All the Asians here came because they were either unable to get into higher-ranked schools, or because they are party animals. Most of the black students are here on athletic scholarships. Sad to have to list these stereotypes, but they are true for the most part. There is a severe lack of diversity in interests here. Most people just want to party and graduate with their degree. This is the wrong school to attend for people who want to be accepted by anyone outside of their ethnic group.

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1 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Most of the previous reviews are about freshman dining. When you become an upperclassman, you realize they serve the same food every day at Rand, where everything tastes frozen. They claim to limit your portion size so they can produce higher quality food, but this is a horrible lie so Vanderbilt can spend less money on food. Vanderbilt dining sucks.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Vanderbilt honestly embodies "work hard, play hard." You'll get a great education, and you'll have so much fun while doing it. People do work hard, but they know how to go crazy and have lots of fun on the weekend with frat parties, bars, etc. It's perfect. I can't imagine going to school anywhere else.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Vanderbilt is excellent school for academics. Ranked 17 university in the country

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3 College Junior

Technology: I don't use computer labs but they are available. Internet access anywhere.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Mixed Bag – There some awesome newly remodeled/built dorms, and some that are old, inconvenient or both. They knocked down the worst houses, but they haven't rebuilt so housing will be tight for awhile, which means the the normally 3-person rooms will hold 4, etc. Freshmen could be in spacious single rooms, or crowded triples (like I was) and upper-classmen have some good options, but some still end up less than great situations because of the lottery.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Mostly Walking – You can walk anywhere on campus in under 15 minutes, but that's not so fun in the dark or the rain. The Vandy Vans run starting at 5pm so you never have to walk at night, but you're on your own in bad weather. Getting off-campus most people take cabs if it's out of walking distance, some upper-classmen have cars, especially if they have off-campus jobs or other obligations since Nashville public transportation isn't particularly stellar.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: Random Representation – Upper/upper middle class white students are over-represented, African Americans under-represented, the foreign students are mostly from Malaysia, and the Christian and Jewish organizations follow Greek life as forces on campus. Vanderbilt made headlines for determining to uniformly enforce the non-discrimination policy for school-sponsored organizations (the case came up in regards to a gay student's right to leadership within an organization), which inadvertently led to the claim that the non-discrimination policy was discriminatory against conservative and religious groups. There are still some hard feelings and debates, with the usual polemics and straw man arguments.

The inability of some dominate groups to not just begrudgingly cooperate with others is probably the main obstacle to inclusive and further diversity on campus.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Doggoned PERMITS! For one thing, permits cost SO SO much. (since they assume that since you are attending Vandy, you have major money to blow.) Freshmen are not allowed to have cars are campus (aka buy a permit) so that is a problem. And then most of the upperclassmen have a car so it's a literal adventure to find a close parking space, especially before class. There are various parking garages around campus-since the medical campus is RIGHT in the middle of Vandy-but student parking is all the way on the top and it's usually only a floor and a half so that is usually filled as well. And Traffic&Parking are vultures when it comes to giving out tickets. It's ridiculous. There are enough spaces...but not enough spaces for the people living there. There are ways to beat the system, but they are well kept secrets. ;)

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Pretty Fly for a Rich School – I never planned on coming to Vanderbilt. (Vandy) I thought it was going to be stuck up, snobby and filled with rich folk who are oblivious to the outside world. And we do have those people. But I've made THE best friends a girl could have, partied my butt off at some of the most LIVE parties and have been the most educationally challenged in my entire life. The basketball games&football games are always fun to go to, especially when you know the players (AND WHEN THEY GIVE OUT FREE STUFF, which is all the time.) The NPHC's are small, but they throw big parties and black folk from ALL around attend. The Frats are always fun when you are bored and there are tons of clubs to join. There is always something to do, which can drag you away from your studies, which is bad because you HAVE to apply yourself to stay afloat here. Vandy is amazing, albeit a bit stuck up and conservative. But if you do right, you will have the best years of your life.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Frat Row,NPHC Probates,Downtown&The Clubs! Frat row usually has SOMETHING going on everyday, though from Thursday to Saturday it is LIVE all the time. The NPHC parties aren't as often but when they throw something, especially after a probate, it's always off the chain. We always get people from Tennessee State and Fisk over; not only because our parties are bumpin', but also because we don't get shut down often, or at all. If you are going clubbin', always have friends because it's not as fun going on your own. Downtown is always live every night, though it's usually only on 2nd Ave/Commerce St. It depends on what club you go to (that isn't downtown), who you go with and what day you go but you are usually assured a good time.

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5 College Junior

Campus Food: Lots of Choices, on and Off Campus – There are two large dining halls with lots of good options, plus a ton of smaller places on campus. Most "munchie marts" are open 24/7 which is great for weekend late nights. They often sell chick-fil-a or pizza from 12-3am on weekends. When you don't use meals you get roll over into an account that can be used for 10-15 area restaurants off campus.

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4 College Junior

Administration: "Just Don't Carry a Handle of Liquor Down the Hall and You'll Be Fine" – Campus cops don't want to get you in trouble, they just want to make sure you're safe. Don't be stupid and you won't get caught. I have heard quite a few places are strict on fake ideas downtown though.

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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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