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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt in danger ON CAMPUS, because I walk to and from work at student dining frequently at night. I'm not worried about walking alone, and there are many emergency call buttons. I don't get out much, and am not faced with the possibility of sexual assault very often, but it has happened a few times on campus. Vanderbilt is actually under review by the government for the handlings of sexual assault cases, but I am not sure what the implications are of this review.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not involved, but a lot of people here love it. The Greeks are good and have required service hours and are on campus. Sororities aren't really allowed to have their own houses by some dumb Tennessee law, somebody should do something about that. A lot of people really do absolutely love Greek life here, I just don't know much about it myself.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Good number of options. There could be more late-night places.

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4 College Senior

Local Area: Nashville is a great city. There is always a lot going on downtown but I will say some things will be off limits if you are not 21. I came from a smaller southern city so Nashville seems exciting and big but if you are coming from New York or San Francisco, Nashville will seem like a suburb to you. Public Transportation isn't great so bring a car is highly recommended if you are looking to really explore the city.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Although they are trying to improve the dorms for the most part the upperclassmen housing is pretty awful. Rooms are incredibly small and most of the dorms are incredibly outdated. It can(not always) be cheaper than living off campus so most people just deal with it.

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Vanderbilt is located very close to downtown Nashville so there is always the possibility of someone from the street walking on campus. I have never had any problems with safety on campus but I am always weary of walking by myself at night.

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3 College Senior

Party Scene: Not much of a partier to begin with but there is fun to be had if you look for it. If you are really looking for a partier life style I would definitely recommend going greek. A lot of social life revolves around greek life, but I'm not greek and I find plenty of fun things to do around campus.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I am currently an engineer which means my experience in the classroom is different than that of someone who is in Arts and Science. Freshman year professors will actively try and fail a 1/3 of the class which is incredibly astounding when you are use to being at the top your class in high school. As the years go on professors are more personable and want you to learn but the material is going to be difficult. GPAs below a 3 are common place in the engineering department and the school is known for grade deflation. If you are looking to go to graduate school after I wouldn't recommend Vanderbilt. Go to an easier state school, get a 4.0, and then go to a prestigious graduate school. Despite the hard academics there is a lot to do here and you are sure to find great people to hang out with.

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3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Vanderbilt is a prestigious school and you are automatically going to be seen as competent by any employer. With that said the career center really sucks and does very little to help you find an internship or job. 40% of chemical engineers on graduation day last year did not have a job or graduate school secured. To really get a position anywhere you have to know somebody who knows somebody....but that might just be anywhere you go.

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4 College Senior

Administration: In my experience Vanderbilt is not all that strict. They aren't going to search your room randomly and as long as you aren't on the freshman side of campus they aren't going to care if you have alcohol in your room. As long as you aren't destroying property or greatly offending another group on campus with your actions the administration isn't going to get involved.

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5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: For a private school, lots of the guys are damn attractive. Not only do they have great physiques; they dress well, too. Girls, I heard, were even better and fall into either the southern beauty or california girl category.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Mostly wealthy whites wearing designer clothing, especially the Greeks. Students generally dress the same way: for guys, it's polos, boat shoes, and brightly colored pants/shorts; for girls, it's headbands, leggings, boots, and scarves.

Most of the gays and liberals are segregated to McGill. The rest of the school seems pretty evenly split or apathetic.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Overall, very good. I haven't been disappointed with my options and there's plenty of food to go around. I just wish there weren't any specific times to use your meal plan. You can only use your meal plan once between 4:30-midnight as the "dinner" swipe, for example. If you want to use another swipe, you have to wait until after midnight or else use flex meals or meal money.

I just wish there were more options besides Commons during Fall and Spring breaks.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: My major (classics) is great and pretty cozy. Professors are knowledgeable, engaging, and friendly and can teach very well.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I have experience in both the humanities and sciences.

Humanities are great: small classes, engaging discussion, and knowledgeable yet humane and understanding professors who are there for you and willing to work with you. They want you to succeed and get as high a grade as possible (especially in Peabody).

Sciences, however, are hit or miss. Introductory weed-out class professors are ruthless and leave you to fend for yourselves against the hard material and even harder exams. This isn't bad per se, but you can definitely feel these classes packing heat and stress. I'm sure there are wonderful professors in the STEM departments, but I have yet to find one. The ones I've had experience with are very hard, unreasonable, apathetic, bad at teaching, or any combination of the four. It's not uncommon to study for more than 30 hours per week on a subject and still end up with a C or B- on an exam. At least my humanities professors were able to empathize with me and give me leniency. Perhaps that's why many science majors look down upon Peabody and humanities students who claim to have a hard time: it's the leniency and leeway they have compared to science majors.

But all this difficulty prepares you to buckle down and have better study habits for next time. Vandy whips you into shape, and you have to slap a donkey in order to get it moving.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Commons is great; new buildings and great social atmosphere that fosters friendships. Apart from Commons, everywhere else is generally dead. Nobody likes to venture out of their rooms to meet or hang out with others who live in the same building. McGill is the exception to this, but in terms of building quality and cleanliness, every single residence hall needs to be renovated. There's mold and a musty smell in at least one corner of each building. I have yet to find a building other than Kissam or Commons where students do not need dehumidifiers. In my res hall, there's no thermostat, so you're stuck between frigid AC when the temp is >55 degrees and sweltering heaters when <55 degrees, both on full blast.

The dorms also need more and better social spaces. Almost every floor in every hall is nothing but corridors, which leaves no space for socializing or studying with others on the same floor. Recreation rooms in the residence hall have very few amenities (e.g. Tolman has only a foosball table in its basement). Study spaces are almost non-existent.

The only downside to Commons is its distance from main campus. As for upperclass housing, Morgan/Lewis seem to be the best in terms of cleanliness and space. The major downside to the "nice" housing, however, is the distance from everything except the gym and Blair. Basically, you pick between quality and convenience.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: Most A&S majors are very easy to complete. Leaves tons of room for another major and minors.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Pretty good. I just wish there were more restaurants than Qdoba and Cafe Coco open late.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: It's not in the middle of downtown, but a short distance away from the excitement of downtown. Most places surrounding the school are cafes, restaurants, and stores for students.

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: If the Greek scene is for you, it's definitely there.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: People are pretty social in parties.

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5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Great financial aid. Bumped my initial award by several thousand dollars.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: I haven't had any complaints or negative experiences with authorities, but that's because I do not drink or party too much. The only complaint I have regarding visitation is that the hours should be extended. If residence hall lockdowns are to begin at 8 pm, let it be during the weekends rather than on Thursdays. Also, allow students with a Vanderbilt ID to enter all the residence halls, regardless of whether they live there or not. It's not fair for me to be denied access to Towers 1/2 when my residence hall does not have any laundry facilities, nor is it fair to be denied access to Towers 3/4 when the munchie mart, a public student facility, is in there.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Personally, I feel safe when walking along at night. The school, however, has had a few incidences, such as a girl almost being abducted just outside the gates and, most recently, a chemistry professor who was assaulted in Stevenson.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love the Freshman Commons! It's nice that all of the freshman are separate from the rest of the campus. It's just far away from main campus, and a big switch once you move to sophomore year.

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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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