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.
College Junior 2013-07-02T20:45:52Z
All the standard fast food options plus several pizza and burger joints. The Hillsboro area just to the south of campus is home to McDougal's fried chicken and the Pancake Pantry, a couple local favorites. If you go a little farther out there are several "hip" new coffee shops and taco bars as well. Students can eat delivery and dine-in at many local restaurants using their campus meal money.
College Senior 2013-06-26T16:35:24Z
You don't really need much transportation at all, since anything you could possibly need is within walking distance from campus since we are in Nashville. However, we have free campus shuttles, called Vandy Vans, that run from 5pm-5am every day and stop at multiple areas of campus. Taxis are ridiculously abundant, and they come right up to the dorms and wait for students on weekend nights, and they are the transportation of choice when going downtown. They take our Commodore Cards (school ID cards) so they are convenient since you don't need cash. Many upperclassmen have cars, but most underclassmen do not, as it is not needed. Nashville public buses run frequently, are free to students, and have stops around campus, but are not utilized by many students because they aren't needed. The airport is only 15 minutes away and incredibly convenient and never has long lines.
College Senior 2013-06-26T16:18:52Z
Public computers and printers are readily accessible in libraries, academic buildings, common areas (dining halls). There are always free computers because there are so many. The only downside is that you have to pay for printing, at 5 cents a page. Everyone has a personal laptop, mostly Macs, but engineers use PCs. We have campus-wide free Wifi that is accessible anywhere, even outside. The network is very fast, reliable, etc. and has no limitations. We even get free or discounted downloads of applications, like Microsoft Word. Most people do not have their own printer, but it's definitely handy.
College Junior 2013-06-04T20:05:42Z
Health & Safety:
Campus is generally very safe, although it is in Nashville, so I wouldn't feel comfortable walking off-campus alone at night. Campus could use more lighting, but no one complains about feeling unsafe.
College Junior 2013-06-04T19:17:45Z
Alcohol is almost prevalent with pregaming and especially along greek row and some apartment parties, but there's not much peer pressure to drink. It's ok if you don't want to. Freshman campus is dry, but sometimes people sneak it into their rooms.
At Vanderbilt, it's safety first, and you get some immunity if you for example call the ambulance and Vanderbilt police to get help for your drunk, underage friend.
Drugs wise, some people smoke tobacco and some weed, but its not huge. It really just depends on who you hang out with as to what the drinking and drug scene is for you.
College Junior 2013-06-04T19:14:17Z
The freshman dorms (Commons) are amazing. Half of them are only a few years old and have tall ceilings. Some are smaller but the Commons program makes it feel very warm and welcoming. Each Commons dorm (there are 10) has its own faculty head whose family lives in the building - feels like Hogwarts!
Upperclassmen get to ballot for housing - there are seniority points. Huge range of options from location to atmosphere to housing type - 2, 4, 6 person apartments, or singles/double rooms. Most buildings are co-ed with single-sex floors, but there are co-ed apartments and single-sex buildings too. There are also special learning environments you have to apply for which involve some participation over the school year (Mctyiere for foreign languages, Mcgill for independent projects, Vandy-Barnard for Leadership or Creativity, and Mayfield 10-person houses with special projects).
Since the cost is the same for all these places, it really allows you to pick somewhere to live based on your preference and not cost.
College Junior 2013-06-04T19:07:50Z
As a freshman the meal plan is 21 meals/week. Way too much in my opinion. Food options are decent on campus - we have some cafes and large dining halls, as well as a vegan restaurant with the best cheeseburger and a pub with beer. There is also flexible Meal Money with all meal plans that can be used anywhere on campus or at about 20 restaurants off campus.
After freshman year the compulsory meal plan gets smaller - 14/week for sophomores, 8/week for juniors, none for seniors. You can opt for larger meal plans or buy extra Flex meals (they're usually cheaper in bulk).
Vanderbilt Dining puts in great effort to get feedback from students, such as updating the Meal Money restaurant selection, or hosting mega themed buffet dining events each semester. Those are awesome treats where the dining hall is all decked out and makes up for the sometimes monotonous offering regularly.
College Junior 2013-05-21T19:46:42Z
Sports are definitely big and getting bigger as our football team improves each year. School spirit is prevalent and there are always fans at football, basketball, and baseball games. The student athletes have their own dining hall.
College Junior 2013-05-21T19:42:20Z
Most or all students have their own laptop, but each of the four libraries has computers available if you need one. The libraries all have printing, but it can get expensive so owning your own printer is convenient and potentially cost-saving depending on how much you print. The entire campus has WiFi.
College Junior 2013-05-21T19:33:40Z
The biggest downside is the rain which occurs a lot, especially in the winter. But for the most part the weather is beautiful with a long Fall and Spring and very short Winter. It "snows" once or twice a year, but it is just flurries and never sticks. Spring is the most beautiful weather.
College Junior 2013-05-16T16:50:42Z
Very hard to get off campus housing, and when you can, it is usually quite far away.
College Junior 2013-05-16T16:49:19Z
The social scene could be better. Too many of the parties are fraternity based so non-Greek life people have to make their own, which usually aren't as good as frat parties.
College Junior 2013-05-16T16:48:11Z
Food is really good, usually healthy and tasty. Meat is often dry though and the menus do get repetitive.
College Junior 2013-05-16T15:47:38Z
I love the lawns and I definitely appreciate our rec center. I wish there were more school organized events throughout the year and that we had a more prominent student center.
College Junior 2013-05-16T15:46:17Z
Our teams are good, but not a lot of school spirit. The athletic facilities aren't as good as those for a state school but much better than most private schools.
College Sophomore 2013-05-12T05:10:52Z
I think the academics are great at Vandy! I haven't taken any classes that I didn't like and while some were definitely more difficult than others, none were impossible. I definitely think that as long as you take things seriously and get your work done, you should be fine! Also, teachers are really accommodating and they want you to do well, so ask for help! The sciences, especially if you're pre-med or engineering, can be very challenging so be prepared
Recent Alumnus 2013-04-11T18:34:09Z
Parking on Campus is by permit only. Permits for general parking are about $330 per year. Freshman can't have cars.
College Senior 2013-04-11T02:16:35Z
Your typical Vanderbilt student is a rich, white southerner. As a black middle-class student, I guess you could say I stick out. Diversity isn't terrible (I have two Asian friends!), but it certainly isn't great. If you cannot stand guys who pop their collars and talk about how rich their fathers are, then this isn't the school for you. Personally, I find humor in all the arrogant people here, but others can't stand the atmosphere.
College Junior 2013-04-01T17:55:11Z
Commons is amazing for freshmen. After that there are better options for people who want suites/ singles/ or a kitchen and bath inside their dorm but the quality of the housing is not as good. I wish each room had a sink, and each floor had a kitchen/ study room available for resident use.
College Junior 2013-04-01T17:53:01Z
I think the drug scene at Vanderbilt works out for everyone who attends the school. As a non-user, I feel no pressure to participate, while my friends and acquaintances who want to have little trouble accessing what they are looking for. I think the major downside of the drug scene is the administrative problems it causes when students are arrested for dealing or using. This year it has lead to punishment for multiple fraternities when a couple of members got in trouble, though it was not the entire fraternity.
College Sophomore 2013-04-01T03:36:44Z
Vanderbilt has been doing the 100% guarantee to meet demonstrated financial need for the past few years now and it's truly remarkable. I wouldn't be able to go there otherwise, and the same applies to so many other of my very talented and deserving classmates.
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