College Junior 2013-09-07T07:39:10Z
They actually let you do a lot. Vanderbilt is pretty liberal like that.
College Junior 2013-09-07T07:38:33Z
Good variety of choices and locations of food provision at ideal locations (spread out, located centrally as well).
College Sophomore 2013-09-04T17:26:46Z
I transferred to Vanderbilt as a rising sophomore and knew nobody at this school before attending. I did a lot of research on the schools I applied to and nearly crossed Vanderbilt off my list because of the false stereotypes I had heard about the university. The school is extremely diverse now and the old stereotype of the rich southern conservative kid no longer applies. People are extremely friendly, the campus is amazing, and Nashville is a great town. What I find the most encouraging is that every single person I've spoken to says they LOVE Vanderbilt and never would have gone anywhere else. People don't just like it here, they love it here and they never want to leave. The sense of community is extremely present and it's easy to notice that people are proud to be here. On top of that, there's no other school that has such a great balance of academics and social life. 'Work hard, play hard' defines this school perfectly. There is parties and people going to bars every night except for Sundays and people are extremely outgoing and willing to socialize even if its a sober hang-out. The girls here are beautiful and smart. Greek life makes for an awesome time - it isn't necessary to be Greek to enjoy Vandy but it's highly recommended and rewarding. The athletics program is strong and becoming even stronger (can't beat SEC football). The food and dining options are of great quality. The campus is beautiful and all the buildings are uniform so it feels very much like a college should. Also, the campus doesn't feel small, but isn't too large that its hard to get around (most people walk everywhere). It's also very nice that 95% of students live on campus because campus is always busy and has a lively atmosphere. The size of the school is perfect - it feels larger than it is since people are always on campus, yet you'll regularly run into people you know. It is also cool that the students come from all over the country and the world because, unlike at state schools, people don't come to school with a large friend group from high school and it makes for a geographically diverse student body.
I applied to UNC - Chapel Hill, U. Michigan - Ann Arbor, U. Texas - Austin, UVA - Charlottesville, Duke U., and Vanderbilt for transfer and I got into all schools except for Duke. I could not be happier with my choice to go to Vandy. I visited all of the other schools and knew I would have been happy at any of them but Vandy is the most well rounded and I have no regrets in coming here.
I hope this review helps someone choose to come here because I almost didn't consider Vanderbilt and that would have been a huge mistake.
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-27T17:46:58Z
more enjoyable nightlife for those that are 21+, but on campus can be fun too
College Junior 2013-08-02T16:09:36Z
It's good. There's usually something for everyone. Downtown is nice for clubbing, but even if you don't want to do that, Nashville has quaint places south of here in Brentwood/Franklin.
College Junior 2013-08-02T16:08:33Z
Permits cost a lot. Ticketing is scary. I was once ticketed three times in a day (I was in class!). Needing a car on campus isn't really necessary because walking is good for you anyway (it's a big campus, but not that big). Finding a parking space can take hours, too.
College Junior 2013-08-02T16:06:47Z
Excellent financial aid services. Sometimes during the busy months, they take some time to respond, but they are always available for questions and are very helpful. Financial aid process is clear.
College Junior 2013-08-02T16:05:25Z
Pretty expensive. Hard to find a good place to live unless you have a lot of money or unless you have friends living nearby. Otherwise, everything is within a good walking distance
College Sophomore 2013-07-25T20:50:22Z
Dorms aren't the best but they're definitely not bad. There's a floor in North house (freshmen) that has private bathrooms which is like winning the lottery. Wish the school had more of these for freshmen. The Mayfield's are in my opinion the best housing option. They are ten-person houses that have only singles and can be coed. Didn't care for the freshman bubble living experience though. Unless you're actively rushing, you probably wont meet a ton of upperclassman.
College Sophomore 2013-07-25T20:40:06Z
Though it's not quite there yet, Vanderbilt is on the up and up when it comes to recruiting a diverse population of students (race wise). The MOSAIC program is unrivaled in my opinion. Vanderbilt is actively trying to increase diversity. I know we have a reputation of being white/preppy/southern but I think that's about to change in the next few years. I will say however that there is a disproportionate amount of affluent students. I feel that many of the students seem disconnected from real world problems because they are primarily upper-middle class or rich. Religious diversity needs some work too. May have just been coincidence but most of the people I met last year were Catholic or Jewish. Then again, most top tier universities have this problem.
College Sophomore 2013-07-25T20:15:17Z
Nashville reminds me of a preppier version of Austin. The music scene is great of course. The street performers are fun to watch downtown if you're strapped for cash. If you're from a larger metropolitan area, you may not be used to shops and fast food restaurants closing by 10:00 but then again, most people don't leave the Vandy bubble.
College Junior 2013-07-16T17:20:51Z
It's a nice and friendly town. Lots of good concerts and public events such as festivals that are open to everyone.
College Junior 2013-07-16T17:13:56Z
Vandy Vans run from 5pm to 5am so students don't need to walk around campus after dark if they don't feel secure. Also, all students get free access to the Nashville Bus System (MTA). However, the MTA isn't as big as transportation systems in bigger cities, so the buses may or may not be a practical solution for all transportation needs (takes a long time to get from one place to another.)
College Sophomore 2013-07-14T22:46:07Z
I did not apply for financial aid. But my friends who did are really satisfied with their packages.
College Sophomore 2013-07-14T22:42:38Z
The network is reliable and quick. Vandy has computers and printing stations located in very convenient locations. It is annoying to have to pay for printing but the cost is pretty low. A personal computer is definitely necessary but a personal printer is not.
College Sophomore 2013-07-14T22:38:44Z
The bus system in Nashville is a good option for getting downtown or to Green Hills Mall, but it gets complicated very quickly. Most students take cabs to get anywhere that is more than a walk away. The cabs are somewhat reliable, but have been known to get overbooked on busy nights.
College Sophomore 2013-07-13T22:31:48Z
The winter was WAYYYY too long for me, especially this year. It was snowing in March! It rains a lot as well, which is pretty annoying since there is A LOT of walking at Vandy. However, when the seasons finally decide to be spring and stay spring, the weather is wonderful. The school year starts off majorly hot though. However, that does not really bother me.
College Sophomore 2013-07-13T22:27:33Z
I am a psychology major and the professors definitely want to HELP. It is a wonderful department and you learn a lot every single day. However, I can say the same for some of the other departments as well. There are very few classes that I have taken at Vandy where the professor does not go above and beyond for the students. However, even though there ARE some professors who are not as helpful, the whole process is a life lesson. Sometimes you have to tough things out on your own. I would not say that any program on campus is perfect, but I definitely think that Vanderbilt academics are superb.
College Junior 2013-07-11T23:10:19Z
Vandy Vans are free and run from 5pm to 5am in different routes around campus. You can check the current location of the vans on your smartphone which is really convenient. However, they are not always running on time. Nashville has public buses, but most students just take cabs when going downtown or to the airport. Many students have cars at school.
College Junior 2013-07-02T21:14:31Z
The freshman dorms are great. All freshmen live together on the Commons, which has its own student center/dining hall/munchie mart. Upperclassmen have plenty of options, and none of them are awful. The dorm I live in is kind of old, but I have a kitchen, bathroom, living room, and bedroom and only one roommate. Upperclassmen can find something more than suitable if they understand the lottery/ballot process. Vanderbilt tore down its oldest dorms last year and replaced them with new ones which will be open for 2014-15.
College Junior 2013-07-02T21:08:56Z
The VUPD is there mainly to make sure students are safe, not to ruin the fun. If you want to have loud parties and beer in your room, you can. Just don't go too overboard. Alcohol is allowed on campus if you're of age, but you won't get busted for underage drinking unless you're completely out of control.
College Junior 2013-07-02T21:01:08Z
Athletics have been improving recently at Vandy. As a member of the SEC, the school is involved in the best college sports in the nation. The football team has gone to bowl games two years straight and is recruiting better players every year. The basketball team won the SEC championship in 2012 and is a semi-regular NCAA tournament team. The baseball team is consistently one of the best in the nation. Students do not have to pay to attend any sporting events.
College Junior 2013-07-02T20:56:45Z
Engineers take mainly the same classes over the first year, so declaring a major right away is not all that important. Once you're accepted into the school, you're accepted into your major program and can change your major at any time.
College Junior 2013-07-02T20:52:37Z
I don't have too many complaints with the chemical engineering program. All the professors are very knowledgeable, and while they do a lot of research, still find time for students. There are opportunities to get involved with research as an undergraduate.
College Junior 2013-07-02T20:48:16Z
I haven't had an internship yet, but Vanderbilt offers plenty of career services for students interested in finding one. There is a career fair twice a year in which IT and engineering recruiters visit campus.
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