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Reviews 1116 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: The campus itself feels very safe when walking around on it, day or night. The problem is the areas right outside the campus. Because a lot of the Vanderbilt kids are rich and flaunt their wealth, criminals come to the areas right outside of the campus and will often try to prey upon female students late at night who are alone. I parked in a garage owned by Vanderbilt that is only a block off of the main campus. A female student was raped there late at night, and the school never caught the individual. So bad things do happen, but not on the campus itself.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Living off-campus was far better than living on-campus at Vanderbilt. The dorms could have been more spacious, but at least they are new.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life is a stain on Vanderbilt's reputation. I can say that as a white male that grew up in a rich suburb in California, I was looked down upon for not being a part of a fraternity. The divide between greeks and non-greeks is generally racial and socioeconomic: greeks tend to be rich and white from suburbia and do not receive financial aid. They snottily look down upon non-greeks as second-class students. Greek life divides the campus in a very palpable and regrettable way.

But the real problem is that the culture greek life creates is preventing Vanderbilt from truly being considered an Ivy League-level school. Incidents like SAE destroying its house, DKE getting busted for cocaine dealing, and alumni coming to campus for a football game and having to walk through beer cans strewn everywhere dent the school's reputation. Until it rids itself of greek life altogether, it will have trouble making it to the level of the top 12.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: To start with the positive, the academics at Vanderbilt are truly top-notch. The professors are genuine experts in their fields, have published in scholarly journals, and are generally available for office hours. Small class sizes make for good class discussions and easy participation opportunities. Nashville itself is a great and fun city, and one that you can totally fall in love with during your 4 years at Vanderbilt. The campus itself is beautiful, with excellent academic facilities, guest speakers and food.

However, Vanderbilt is a study in constrasts. It is billed as a southern school, yet the majority of students are not from the south; a significant portion of them (the Northeasterners in particular) detest and despise the south as backwards and racist. They openly discuss how they wish they had gone to an Ivy League school, but were rejected and ended up at Vanderbilt instead.

Vanderbilt has a very clear class divide: the rich, white students join greek life and mostly stick to themselves, while the others, including minorities, hipsters, transfer students, the ultra-religious and those who just don't fit in to Vandy culture, are left to do their own thing, but are generally looked down upon as second class (socially speaking). Vanderbilt boasts that half the students receive financial aid, yet the diversity is sorely lacking; the clear reason being that the school is unwilling to take on and dismantle greek life for fear of losing alumni donations.

Most pathetically, Vanderbilt is located in a truly awesome city. And yet many students never leave the campus to see and experience Nashville, because many of them consider the south to be scary, backwards, racist, etc. And of course these people grew up in places like Scarsdale, Orange County, Chevy Chase, Highland Park, etc.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Athletes at Vanderbilt live in their own little world: they often hang out with one another, use their own gym and fitness facilities, and eat separately from the rest of the student body. They are also less academically qualified than their non-athlete peers, and in some cases it shows quite obviously in class.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I always feel safe here

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Everything about the school is incredible, a dream come true.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life has been such a positive experience.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are fun, but not taken too seriously.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Lots of work, but a very good social scene for a top 20 university.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Mostly frat parties, but there are other things to do around campus as well. Nashville has an impressive bar scene.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Very good professors, but with a large workload. Registration is annoying.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are clear attempts to improve diversity by the university. Some have been successful, others haven't.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Mostly binge drinking, which is rather normal.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very safe campus. Sexual assault is the only real safety concern, but that is a problem at most colleges.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Class sizes are generally very good. most professors are very helpful.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Going to Vanderbilt can help open many doors.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The Commons are very nice, but there are few good options for Upperclassmen. Housing selection is a nightmare.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Very dominant over all aspects of campus life.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: The school has a quite a bit of school spirit, despite rarely attending the games. The major sports teams aren't very good, but we're in the SEC so we play cool opponents. And we always can get seats!

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The biggest threat to a student on any given day is probably sexual assault by a peer. Aside from this, unless you leave campus, you are not likely to be in an unsafe situation

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Most professors are decent, but when you get a bad professor, it really sucks. Some professors are too focused on research or are seemingly not supportive of the success of their students.

Class size varies, depending on major and class year.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: A Vanderbilt degree carries much more weight than I was originally aware. Being able to say I am working toward obtaining a degree from Vandy has made looking for internships much easier than anticipated.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The newer dorms (Commons, Kissam) are amazing housing options. The rest are still better than typical college dorms, but some dorms are pretty lacking. The lottery is just that - annoying to those that 'lose,' and awesome for those that 'win.' It's a pain that only a few seniors are granted off-campus housing, but Vandy tries to optimize the spaces on campus that they provide.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is huge for both men and women. The social scene doesn't revolve around frat parties, but Greeks generally only hang out with Greeks. There are small Greek houses for every sorority almost every fraternity, but only executive members live there.

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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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