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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Southern Blond Girls – A bit homogeneous, but there are pretty attractive girls all around campus. Better than most other schools I have been to.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Good, Not Great – The food on campus is decent, but the first year students are spoiled. They get the best dining center, etc. On main campus, it can be really crowded at meal times and can cause long waits. Vandy takes initiatives to give the students off-campus options though, which is helpful.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: On-Campus, Very Safe – The campus itself is extremely safe. The University takes many precautions for their students. Some areas surrounding can be a little sketchy late at night. It is, after all, an urban area. Have some common sense and there should be nothing to worry about.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Alcohol Is Prevelant – Alcohol is almost everywhere on campus. It is difficult to avoid even for underage students but I do know people who don't drink. Harder drugs like cocaine and weed are available with a bit more searching but are less noticeable than the drinking.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Typical Weekend – Nightlife at Vanderbilt is awesome for both students underage and of age. Thursdays usually consist of pregames on campus then downtown to the bars (many of which are 18 to enter). Fridays and Saturdays are filled with parties in the fraternities on Greek Row. You have a wide selection of themes and people. Transportation is also great as cabs are widely available.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Not Strict – Vanderbilt is not strict at all. The only places that are really watched closely are the freshman resident halls. Everywhere else no on really cares that much

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's Everywhere – Greek life pretty much runs this school. If you're not greek, you really don't stand a chance.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: It Kind of Sucks – Student involvement is pretty poor in most sports (especially football). The only sport people really rally behind is basketball. Team performance is decent.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Vanderbilt really takes care of their own - from the freshmab Commons experience comparable to being at Hogwarts to the 100 Days of Senior Year countdown before graduation, you will never be bored or dissatisfied. The food is great, the campus is beautiful, and the people are friendly. There is a niche for everyone, from academics to social life to arts to community service. It's really the little things that make Vanderbilt special: Holiday Dinner at Rand, Rites of Spring Music Festival, Memorial Madness basketball frenzy - I would love to choose Vanderbilt all over again.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Don't Bother – Off campus housing is extremely discouraged at Vanderbilt - the administration tries very hard to promote the idea of residential education sustained through the entire undergraduate career. You can live in the Wesleys or Village at Vanderbilt, but usually only as a senior, and you will be part of a very small minority. Costs are comparable to on-campus housing, and the locations are pretty safe and close by.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The facilities at Vanderbilt are some of the best in the world, let alone the country. The student rec center is enormous and features several courts, weight rooms, machines, pools, and studios. There are at least three libraries on campus with computers, couches, and dining options. Sarratt Student Center features a cinema, art studios, and a coffeshop. Every facility on campus is clean and well managed.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown Food Search – Many places to search for food but really need to search.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Special Dinners – Squirrel Celebration dinner at the pub, SS Rand, Birthday night every month, Holiday dinner before finals, Hogwarts dinner on Commons... the list goes on and on!

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The Vandy Girl – A local coffee shop offered a drink called "The Vandy Girl": a tall, vanilla, skinny latte. Thoughts?

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshmen... welcome to Hogwarts! You will be pampered living on the Commons, getting to your classmates as you work, study, sleep, eat, and party together for a fantastic year on an eco-friendly and glitteringly green campus.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Great Professors – Great professors; challenging academics; opportunities for out-of-class intellectual engagement. Workload depends on your field of study, but even the pre-med students are active on campus.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: Even though Vanderbilt is cracking down on the Greek scene's prevalent alcohol and party privileges, it still maintains a ridiculously lax scene for anyone to get their rage on. At any given time, about half of Greek life is on probation for some arbitrary violation (underage drinking, Greek policy violations like 'hazing', which is totally relative and up to the school's interpretation, however innocent) so the school can flex its muscles.

When you are in the Greek scene you are totally wrapped up in it and you can't imagine a world where much of anything else going on. The vice versa is true as well. If you aren't in the Greek scene, you hardly know it's there and you're life isn't affected in the least. Freshman year is the only year you feel that pressure. As a note- it IS possible to maintain friendships and activities in both worlds. It's just difficult to juggle.

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5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Gals and Guys – While there are many nuances, there are two main types of girls and guys that come to mind. Greek and non-greek. The majority of girls are beautiful and breathtaking, intelligent and charming. The Greek girls happen to get swept up in the superficial greek life and lose a lot of that intelligent and charming appeal. The guys are usually smart and articulate overall. The greek guys seem to lose these attribute while they're submersed in greek life, and come off as loud, obnoxious, testosterone pumping juveniles. Fortunately they outgrow that, as most do, and come into their own. Everyone is smart. Guys are alright. Girls are all stellar.

High brow Southern culture and style is prevailing and hard to escape. There is definitely a prevailing and subtle pressure to keep up with appearances.

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3 College Junior

Administration: Tolerant, to a Point – Vanderbilt is extremely tolerant- to a point. When that point is crossed, prepare to be made an example. Greek life is rampant with alcohol festivities, dorm parties are acceptable and rage respectively, but when there understood-unspoken agreements between the school and students-responsibility for safety and fun- are broken, the school punishes with the utmost severity. They expect their students to maintain responsibility for their behaviors. They expect students to experiment and have fun, but not at any liable expense on their behalf.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: You Can Go Here, No Matter How Much Money You Have – I'm going to Vanderbilt, a top-20 institution and private, out-of-state school, and it's less expensive for me than the University of Georgia (in-state for me) would have been. The financial aid awards are great and totally loan-free, and I've never had a hiccup in the process.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Good....If Open – The food isn't bad, especially compared to the food at my friends' schools. However, a lot of places aren't open on campus for a large percentage of the time, which is rough when you're hungry past, say, 7:30 at night, or at all on the weekends.

4 College Freshman

Weather: We Have Seasons! Vanderbilt is in the 80's and 90's when classes first start, but this drops pretty rapidly. Campus is gorgeous in the fall since it is a national arboritum! We've had an abnormal amount of snow this year, which is irritating because Vandy Van service is stopped but classes continue. However, it usually isn't so snowy and it's nowhere near as cold as northern states here, which is a plus.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Support for Vanderbilt athletics varies with the season. Vanderbilt is not strong in football and those who attend games usually leave at half time. There is much greater turn out at basketball games, and Vandy fans are more enthusiastic, dressing up for "black-out" games. Not many people go to other kinds of sports games.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: After completing the necessary forms including FAFSA to apply for financial aid, my family received a generous amount of financial aid and I believe that about 60% of students receive a similar amount of aid.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Parties, Bars – Generally, there will always be a fraternity party on any given night of the weekend, including Thursday-Saturday nights. On Saturdays during the days when we have a football game, we tailgate outside of the frat houses. It's so much fun-we crank the music and dance out couches, while everyone is dressed up in sundresses and ties. During the off-season, we generally head to the bars on tuesdays and thursdays after first being at the fraternities. Many bars in Nashville are 18+ on weeknights, including Thursdays.

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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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