College Sophomore 2013-01-29T02:28:43Z
Everyone starts out on commons which offers the nicest housing and amenities on campus. Freshman dorms are all redone and/or brand new and have everything you could need and more. Softmore year and up housing gets a little sketchy in terms of how nice the dorms are. Vanderbilt guarantees four years of housing which is very nice. Somethings you'll notice as a student at Vanderbilt is that even though the housing gets worse the older you get, the leniency and location get better. Commons is great but RAs are strict and its pretty far removed from main campus. Softmore housing at Branscomb is right in the middle of everything and people seem to have a lot more fun and freedom.
College Sophomore 2013-01-29T02:18:01Z
Vanderbilt has something to do every night of the week. The over 21 crowd usually frequents downtown Nashville and streets like Broadway which are teeming with music and students looking to to have a great time. If you are under 21 Demonbreun offers a few bars that are usually still awesome for a cover charge. Demonbreun also partners with Fraternities to host special events that include cheaper cover charge if you're under 18 and cheaper drinks if you're not. Big nights for the bars include tuesday and thursday where students start with big pre-games on campus and head out after. On the weekends Frat parties are dominate and always a blast. Between Nashville and Frat row its hard to be bored as a Vanderbilt student.
Recent Alumnus 2013-01-18T03:55:33Z
Extremely difficult. Vanderbilt, unlike the rest of top 20 schools (minus Princeton, where my brother goes) have grade deflation. Engineering, by far is the most difficult to get a good GPA, I believe a 2.8 is slightly higher than the average engineer. Some majors are able to pass by through with good GPA's, but you still have to be truly brilliant. There's very few dumb people here. Everyone came here with 4.0's and 30 ACTs, so expect getting a few B's and even some C's.
College Senior 2013-01-16T19:58:16Z
Men's football and basketball are really fun. There is definitely a change in the way that students are supporting athletics. They're becoming a bigger deal now!
College Sophomore 2013-01-14T21:45:01Z
I'm a double major in Human and Organizational Development and Economics, and I feel like I'm being well prepared for whatever job I end up pursuing. All HOD majors are required to complete an internship for a semester before graduation, so of course you'll receive a lot of experience before even getting your degree. Typically, Vandy students don't have a lot of trouble finding internships just because of the school's reputation.
College Sophomore 2013-01-14T21:42:23Z
The freshman housing is great, but the upperclassman housing is not as good. Basically, freshmen are spoiled. However, they are in the process of rebuilding Kissam, which should be ready in 2016, and it's supposed to be really nice.
College Sophomore 2013-01-14T21:40:29Z
There is always so much to do on campus: the biggest problem when it comes to the social scene is deciding what NOT to do. There are always shows to attend-- plays, acapella groups performing, concerts in Nashville, musicians at local venues just to name a few... Every weekend, students receive "Weekend @ Vandy" emails highlighting the events happening that weekend, and it's always filled with formals, fundraising events, movie screenings, and more.
College Sophomore 2013-01-14T21:34:12Z
It rains here a lot more than expected, so be prepared with rainboots and an umbrella. Also, many classes can be up to a 15 minute walk from the dorms, so when the weather is bad, the walks to class are pretty miserable. However, when it's not rainy or cold, it's BEAUTIFUL outside.
College Sophomore 2013-01-14T21:29:40Z
Computers are good and up to date-- nothing spectacular, though. There are always free computers for use: both macs and PCs.
Recent Alumnus 2013-01-12T23:03:51Z
It really depends on what kind of transportation you mean. We have a VandyVan shuttle on campus that moves students from place to place on campus, but it only runs from 5Pm to 5aM, when people have a chance of getting raped or attacked. The public transportation system in Nashville is decent, but relatively undeveloped compared to that of New York. I think the average of the two would be a B+.
Recent Alumnus 2013-01-12T22:58:52Z
I would say the off campus housing here is pretty good. A lot of the apartments off campus actually cost less than housing on campus. Normally Vanderbilt wants students to stay on campus for at least their first three years of college, but because of the closing of Kissam Quad in 2012, we have had a shortage of available rooms for all students, so the administration had to let students live off campus even if they are not seniors.
College Junior 2013-01-11T14:33:57Z
Part of the SEC so even if Vandy is not having a great year the visiting teams are tops in the country.
College Junior 2013-01-11T14:32:04Z
Nashville has so much to offer from pro sports to music. Many activities on campus.
College Junior 2013-01-09T06:22:00Z
Parking is incredibly limited. Permit costs are high and you aren't allowed to have a car freshman year (although some people get around this by getting a permit to a garage in one of the nearby hotels). Driving to class is not really an option as most students live on campus and there is no parking near most classroom buildings. Having a car is great if you have an internship or want to explore Nashville, but definitely not a necessity.
College Junior 2013-01-09T06:17:40Z
Greek life completely dominates Vandy, especially for girls. 50% of girls join sororities, which doesn't seem like that many but in reality it overwhelms the social scene. Greeks love being Greek.
College Sophomore 2013-01-08T01:05:10Z
It's rare to get off campus, especially if you are a freshman. not many things are conveniently located within walking or biking distance. However after freshman year, if you bring a car, you can more easily enjoy the Nashville city scene which is pretty vibrant if you're looking for nightlife. There are always concerts if you can get to them.
College Sophomore 2012-12-23T19:53:50Z
The freshman dorms, called The Commons, are the best dorms I have seen offered to freshman. The buildings that make up The Commons are either newly built or recently renovated. The upperclassman options, like Towers, Highland, or Branscomb are great options for upperclassman because of the apartment style rooms.
College Sophomore 2012-12-23T19:48:20Z
Nashville is a vibrant and exciting city. There is always something to do in the city, whether it be going out to eat or just walking around. Being a magnet for music, many big name artists frequent Nashville to play concents.
College Junior 2012-12-18T07:24:52Z
I really enjoy my major, which is Medicine, Health, and Society. It's great because it's interdisciplinary, so I take classes ranging from psychology, to biology, to philosophy. There are a lot of options for classes. I'm planning to go to med school. A lot of people who study MHS go to med school, healthcare administration, or public health. This major provides a lot of job opportunities and doesn't keep you too focused on one track.
College Junior 2012-12-18T07:21:34Z
There were not any difficulties to getting into my program, which is Medicine, Health, and Society. I just applied to the College of Arts and Sciences and declared my sophomore year. The one difficulty with my major is getting into the classes because they are so popular.
College Junior 2012-12-18T07:08:55Z
I'm a Medicine, Health, and Society Major at Vanderbilt, and I really enjoy the program. It gives an interdisciplinary approach to medicine and health instead of focusing on just a science perspective. The workload is not bad, and it focuses more on social sciences. It's nice to be able to tailor the major to what you want to focus on because there are a lot of elective classes for MHS. Possible jobs for MHS majors are medicine, healthcare administration, and public health. Overall, MHS allows you to have a wide variety of jobs in the healthcare field.
College Junior 2012-12-14T08:09:57Z
Need-blind, full-need, and no-loan. The three magic phrases for college students who need money to pay for college. The problem is most colleges who offer such generous financial aid packages are also very, very hard to get into. Every Ivy League college, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt, Rice, and Washington University are examples. All of the above colleges have one thing in common: A boatload of money. Vanderbilt's endowment for 2012 is $3.4 billion.
The statistics on Vanderbilt's financial aid website are somewhat false. I estimate a good half of the students at Vanderbilt receive $1000 or less in financial aid to pay for their $60,000 cost of attendance because their parents are already making hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions. But guess where the rest of the financial aid budget goes... yes, to the needy!
Several students I know pay $0 to attend Vanderbilt. They get a small stipend every year to cover their living expenses because their families make so little income. The downside is everything at Vanderbilt costs money. Laundry, water, utensils... anything you got for free before will now be deducted from your Commodore Cash or Meal Money accounts.
College Senior 2012-12-06T02:03:32Z
Freshman year the housing is great, but every year that follows has a lot to live up to. The first year experience is fantastic, but the housing is not completely terrible once you get of the "Commons".
College Senior 2012-12-06T01:59:49Z
We have some great teams, but sometimes the school spirit gets lost.
College Senior 2012-12-06T01:57:38Z
There is always something to eat on and around campus!
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