College Senior 2011-05-27T14:26:25Z
Laid Back for Girls, Not So Much for Guys – For guys, being greek is very important in order to have fun on campus. For girls, greek life really isn't a big deal. No one cares if you are greek and becuase our rush is second semester, you make your friends first semester so joining a sorority is not essential. I personally am in a sorority on campus, but a friends that aren't and it makes no difference.
College Senior 2011-05-27T14:23:53Z
Partying Great on and Off Campus – On Tuesday and Thursday nights, people go to pregames at the Frat houses and then go to the tons of bar options that Nashville has. Some our 21+ and some are 18+. On Friday and Saturday nights, there are on average 3 Frat parties a night that people go to. If you are a girl, you can get in anywhere no matter if you are greek or not. But if you are a guy, it is important to be greek or else social life is not as fun. When you are on campus Vandy Vans (youtube Vandy Vans!!) are the best and can transport you all aroudn campus for here.
College Junior 2011-04-27T18:07:12Z
Health & Safety:
Safety and Friendliness – Students, Faculty, and Police officers will not hesitate to approach you if something seems to be wrong. They are there to make sure we are safe...bottom line.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-22T01:38:32Z
Vandy Vans – Vanderbilt has a great system of Vandy Vans, which make circles around campus with multiple stops. It's a quick and easy way to get from one side of campus to the other without having to walk. This is especially useful when it's dark at night.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-22T01:37:13Z
Need for Car – There is absolutely no need for a car on campus. If you bring a car then you'll have to park pretty far away and won't even use it much.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-22T01:34:26Z
Wireless Access – Wireless is available everywhere, but during peak demand the speed starts to decline. It's best to stay near the libraries where the routers can handle large volumes.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-18T16:55:03Z
The very beginning and very end of the year are humid and sweltering; November through March are freezing. Second semester is very bipolar- this February was characterized by one week with 3 days of snow and the next week being in the 60s. It might rain/monsoon and be freezing for a couple days then turn 75 F the next day. It is personally difficult to deal with because I'd rather it be consistently mild than both extremes all the time.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-18T16:32:07Z
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.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-18T16:25:41Z
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.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-18T16:22:48Z
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.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-14T02:09:01Z
Even though I have no personal experience with the office, Vanderbilt does give lots of financial aid to its students.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-14T02:06:32Z
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.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-14T02:01:23Z
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.
College Senior 2011-03-27T19:32:21Z
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
College Senior 2011-03-27T19:31:37Z
It's Everywhere – Greek life pretty much runs this school. If you're not greek, you really don't stand a chance.
College Senior 2011-03-27T19:29:50Z
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.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-09T02:59:59Z
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.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-09T02:54:49Z
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.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-09T02:52:15Z
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.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-13T23:49:51Z
Downtown Food Search – Many places to search for food but really need to search.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-11T06:03:33Z
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!
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-11T06:00:34Z
The Vandy Girl – A local coffee shop offered a drink called "The Vandy Girl": a tall, vanilla, skinny latte. Thoughts?
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-11T05:59:35Z
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.
College Senior 2011-01-30T01:53:07Z
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.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-25T21:55:00Z
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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