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4 College Senior

Local Area: Nashville Is Great! Vanderbilt is located in the heart of downtown Nashville, so there is so much to do not only around campus, but also on campus as well! If you want to attend a football game, the school is located down the street from the Titans' Stadium. Also, pretty much every big concert is held right on campus.

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Fine, Nothing Special – There aren't that many options for dining at Vandy, although if you get creative, you can stay pretty satisfied. The best places in my opinion are the Commons Dining Hall, which has several different choices from a salad bar to Chinese food, and Chef James, which has a different hot entree each day. Although healthy eating isn't the easiest, with a little bit of effort and planning, it's definitely possible. I recommend trying to live off campus, that way you can avoid the meal plan altogether and eat what you want!

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Don't Get Caught – It is easy to skate by all 4 years without getting in trouble for breaking any rules at Vanderbilt, though rules are broken all the time. Fraternity hazing happens every year, despite lectures, promises, and stricter rules enforcing severe consequences. However, it continues to occur. Fraternities face strict punishments when they are caught, which has led to several fraternities getting kicked off campus in the recent years, changing the social and Greek dynamic of the campus.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Good Looking and Preppy. You'll find a lot of different people at Vandy but the majority of girls and guys are preppy and good-looking. We get a lot of northern people and they definitely bring their style down here. Expect Sperry's, sunddresses, pastel polos, and cowboy boots. Despite the "Vandy Girl" stereotype, girls are smart and the fratty boys are smart too. All are friendly!

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3 College Junior

Majors: Research Is Mainly It – Research opportuinties are everywhre on campus. I've done it for a year.

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4 College Junior

Majors: Pretty Easy to Get Into – The application process is very straightforward- basically meet with a potential advisor, who is genearlly more than happy to talk things over with you. Vandy does a good job reminding you of when things are due

5 College Junior

Majors: So Many Options and Combos – You can do whateaver you want. Im very ahppy with my program, and i have lots of career options to explore. Not many concerns other than my own fault (lowish GPA)

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: As Safe as Could Be...Inside – Vandy police do an incredible job and keep us feeling safe. Once you step out into nashville, though, you can get in some trouble

3 College Junior

Majors: Philosphy and Neuroscience – They do a great job of offering a diverse array of courses in their liberal arts approach to undergrad education.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My overall experience has been amazing. I love Vanderbilt so much and I would never want to go anywhere else.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is awesome on Vanderbilt's campus. You definitely want to be involved in it. It's something that the majority of people do.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The weather here is beautiful, but you'll need to like it warm. It tends to get humid and rains decently often. Also, if you like snow, Nashville is not the place for you: we get ice.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Belmont Kids Are Jealous – The places on-campus are decent, but you have to remember that you are in the south. There's a good chance you'll get a little tired of attempts at biscuits and gravy. The best options as far as variety and taste are the Commons (where all freshmen live), Grins (the only certified Kosher restaurant in middle Tennessee. It's also vegetarian and has fantastic pastries.), and Nectar (the only completely organic place on-campus).
The great thing about the way Vandy's meal plan is set up is that they offer something called Taste of Nashville, which gives students the option to use their meal money at off-campus restaurants, such as Chili's, Qdoba, TGIFriday's, and many more.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus is expensive! On campus is definitely the way to go.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing is always being improved, and the options available are good for the most part. However, the university is definitely investing a lot of money into building better upperclassmen housing, so if you're graduating high school in 2013 or later, you're in great shape.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Human and Organizational Development – Fantastic for job opportunities. You can take HOD anywhere and do anything, but that flexibility can make finding your passion for a job difficult. Students get incredible internships through HOD and are paid more than any other major at Vanderbilt after graduation. HOD teaches you to find your own internships, but also provides some help in your search.

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3 College Senior

Weather: The entire world's weather is going crazy because of global warming. This winter was much less harsh than the past three years, but Nashville will still fluctuate 25 degrees in a day. Spring is beautiful (awful allergies and a good amount of rain), summer is HOT and SWEATY, fall is wonderful, and winter can get cold (rarely snows).

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4 College Senior

Party Scene: Mostly Greeks, but Lots of Gdis! Greek life is a large part of campus that both Greeks and non-Greeks are somewhat involved. There are lots of student organizations, and other social outlets aside from Greek life.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Everyone is Greek. Frats let in anyone who knows 2 or more brothers.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Campus (Lack of)Strictness – The campus police are not very strict at all. Underage students go to the hospital for alcohol poisoning and get a slap on the wrist. The cops see drunken kids stumbling over campus all the time, the only time they normally intervene is if they think the person is drunk to the point of harming themselves. They're there to help not to punish.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is awesome. There's a lot of chain restaurants within walking distance of campus and a decent amount of local ones as well. Many of them participate in Taste of Nashville and can be paid for on the Commodore Card.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Lenient Cops but Punishments Can Be Bad – Cops are never there to try to bust you but if you go to the hospital or something, you could get in some trouble.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Good Professors Challenging Classes – For econ especially, you get challenging professors that definitely help you understand the topic and are helpful during office hours

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I LOVE VANDY – Vanderbilt has a special combination of great academics mixed with a vibrant social atmosphere. Additionally, the school has a very collegiate feel, but is close enough to downtown Nashville to have a city vibe. It's a fairly big school, but the professors I've had are very helpful and classes are generally small. I recommend Vandy highly

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Relatively Fun Area – Vandy is on the city outskirts, so it has a very collegiate feel but is close to downtown Nashville. There are lots of restaurants and bars close by, but unless you're 21 or have a good fake it's hard to go out off campus since most places are 21 and up. There are a lot of parties on campus though, particularly at the frats.

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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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