Recent Alumnus 2012-03-21T02:11:30Z
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.
College Junior 2012-02-14T03:58:52Z
Everyone is Greek. Frats let in anyone who knows 2 or more brothers.
College Junior 2012-02-06T13:17:48Z
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.
College Junior 2012-02-06T13:14:10Z
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.
College Junior 2012-01-02T17:44:46Z
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.
College Junior 2012-01-02T17:41:46Z
Good Professors Challenging Classes – For econ especially, you get challenging professors that definitely help you understand the topic and are helpful during office hours
College Senior 2012-01-01T07:52:59Z
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
College Senior 2012-01-01T07:42:36Z
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.
College Junior 2011-12-23T20:15:21Z
Great Balance Between Work and Social Life. This wasn't my top-choice school, but the financial aid package was far more generous than the other offers given to me. After a semester, the balance is great. You need to keep yourself focused and on-track. A 4.0 GPA is hard to get and the academics are actually pretty tough to keep up with (unlike your state university). If you know how to keep up the balance though, you can get 3.0+ GPA and have a ton of fun on the weekends with your friends.
College Junior 2011-12-23T20:11:52Z
Not Many Options to Get Off-Campus If You Don't Have Your Own Car. It's not very convenient to get off-campus unless you have your own car. However, even then, you're paying outrageous prices per semester to have a parking spot on campus. The parking spot is far away from where you live normally. It's typically easier to just find a friend to give you rides.
College Junior 2011-12-23T20:04:35Z
Plenty of Places to Eat, on the Card as Well. There's plenty of places to eat off-campus which are on the card as well. A program Vanderbilt University has set up called Tastes in Nashville partners with different restaurants. Each semester, freshman students are allotted $200 in meal money which can be used for ordering online delivery take-out or for going to the different restaurants to eat.
College Senior 2011-12-19T07:11:39Z
Drinking Overpowers, Drugs Are Present but More Hidden – Honestly, I think that Vandy somehow does a great job at not having a drug-addicted campus. Drinking is very popular and obvious (i.e. tailgates) but that still has many policies and police enforcement and greek life rules. There's definitely some peer pressure to drink, but if you do not want to you can easily avoid the whole greek party scene, although it dominates and creates the fun Vandy culture. However, drug use centers most heavily on weed, and then upperclassmen frat boys and some rare sorority girls are known for dabbling in cocaine. However, it is never very apparent and isn't talked about all that much. Weed is definitely more visible than coke, but its still not in your face.
College Senior 2011-12-19T07:03:51Z
Spoiled as Freshmen – The Commons (freshman campus built in 2008) are by far the nicest dorms I've seen at any school, and we are so spoiled to get to live there as freshmen. And while upperclassmen dorms are outdated, I loved living in the sophomore Branscomb quad because you are at the heart of campus and completely connected to every dorm there. Also, half the rooms are connected with bathrooms which is great. They are now rebuilding the other half of sophomore housing, so that will be great when its finished but will create some problems until then. Junior/senior housing in Towers is great because its suite-style with own bathrooms, kitchens, and a main room. Morgan/Lewis upperclassmen housing is nice suites also, just in a worse location.
College Junior 2011-12-17T23:30:34Z
jesus rules – not jew friendly
College Junior 2011-12-15T04:19:04Z
Health & Safety:
Health & Safety – There are definitely some parts of main campus that are less well-lit. However, I usually make a point to either take a Vandyvan back to my dorm or walk with friends, but I've never felt unsafe.
College Senior 2011-12-13T20:03:59Z
If you're a boy, you pretty much have to be in a fraternity to party. Sororities are huge too, but not necessary for girls. Greek life dominates the social scene and fraternities host pretty much every party, on and off campus (even bar events are sponsored by fraternities.) That said, they have sick parties.
College Senior 2011-12-13T20:00:34Z
Incredible. If you want to party any night of the week, there's something going on somewhere. Weekends are insane (mostly fraternities). Tuesdays and Thursdays are bar nights.
College Senior 2011-12-13T19:58:25Z
They try to make it diverse, but everyone sticks to their own race for the most part. There are a ton of Malaysians, but they literally don't hang out with anyone but each other. Not many gay people. Those who are are not really accepted by other guys but have lots of girl friends.
College Senior 2011-11-30T19:41:49Z
Legit Program – Vanderbilt's political science department is one of the best in the nation. Obviously Vanderbilt is only for the intellectually competent, and classes are hard but interesting. Poli-Sci courses generally require a lot of reading, but grades are based on only a few big assignments per semester.
Recent Alumnus 2011-11-28T19:27:20Z
Once you're an upperclassman, if you're not doing something extraordinarily stupid you'll be fine
Recent Alumnus 2011-11-28T19:24:04Z
The campus itself is gorgeous, especially in the spring and summer when everything is in full bloom and green
College Junior 2011-11-18T07:22:59Z
Vandy doesn't give out many full-rides, but they guarantee 100% demonstrated need-based aid, and they really follow through. So, don't let the price scare you, Vanderbilt will give you what you need without having to take out loans.
College Junior 2011-11-18T07:17:51Z
Fantastic Wireless – You can literally get wifi anywhere on campus, even the back corner of the basement of the science center... great coverage.
College Senior 2011-10-07T20:22:41Z
Expensive and Same Price for Each Kind of Housing – expensive. Good housing for freshman but the ones for upperclassmen vary in quality.
College Junior 2011-09-18T21:53:19Z
Guys & Girls:
Really Attractive – I have yet to see a non-attractive female of any sort.
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