Nashville, TN
Vanderbilt University


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Recent Reviews

Robert
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I'm generally a pretty relaxed person, but I feel stressed almost constantly at Vanderbilt. The workload is immense if you wa...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I'm generally a pretty relaxed person, but I feel stressed almost constantly at Vanderbilt. The workload is immense if you want to maintain a high gpa in a STEM major. Campus dining is mediocre (not sure why it is always so high in the rankings, but students like to joke that Vanderbilt pays them), and the housing situation is dismal. There is constant construction and the dorm I live in is old and rarely clean (which may be why I get sick about once a month). Additionally, greek life is so large that if you are not a part of it, you are made to feel like an outsider on campus. The positive side of things is that many of the professors are willing to help students and there is a lot of opportunity on campus to get involved in extracurriculars and community service. However, overall, I can not in good conscience recommend Vanderbilt to any prospective students.

Eghosa
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Vanderbilt is an amazing school to attend! The students truly create the environment, but it isn't hard to find your own peop...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Vanderbilt is an amazing school to attend! The students truly create the environment, but it isn't hard to find your own people. The classes can be challenging (especially pre-med classes) but there are many resources to keep students on track. I think my favorite thing about Vandy is the connection between faculty and students. You can see professors in the dining halls, at events etc. allowing students to have time to truly get to know their educators. The professors on campus are also very understanding of any medical or educational problems that arrive and try their best to help their students stay on track. Vanderbilt is my home through and through.

Alekhya
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Vanderbilt is an incredibly diverse research institution with a plethora of opportunities for all undergraduate students. The...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Vanderbilt is an incredibly diverse research institution with a plethora of opportunities for all undergraduate students. The student body itself is very diverse, with over 60% of students receiving financial aid. In all honesty, racial division is apparent, but diversity and inclusion is an initiative that is at the forefront of Vanderbilt's priorities. One of the ways in which the institution attempts to integrate all first-year students is through the Commons experience. The Commons is the entirely first-year part of campus, where first-years eat, live, and socialize. In terms of academics, class sizes are rarely a barrier to attention from professors. Although some majors are known for having better professors than other, most professors are incredibly knowledgeable about their areas of expertise and are available outside of class by email, office hours, or phone. Enrollment for classes can be a little stressful, especially in the earlier years because upperclassmen are permitted to register first. For example, as an Economics major, it has been abundantly apparent that Vanderbilt does not offer enough Economics electives for all students in the major. It is typically pretty difficult to get into an elective until Junior or Senior year. However, despite the hectic class registration, almost all students manage to get the credits they need to obtain the degrees they wish to pursue. Socially, Vanderbilt is a mix of Greek and non-Greek organizations. Although about half of the student population is a member of Greek Life, it does usually not feel overwhelming. Most students have both Greek and non-Greek friends, although there are pockets of people who subscribe exclusively to one group or the other. Lastly, Vanderbilt's dorm and food offerings are above average, but often deemed not good enough. The first-year dorms are almost always amazing with large, spacious rooms. However, after the first year, students are more likely to be placed in older, run-down housing. However, the University is in the midst of tearing down all of the dorms and building residential halls to replace them. Within the next decade, all of the dorms will be pristine! And, even the dorms that aren't up to par now have incredible senses of community and make for enjoyable memories to look back on upon graduation.

Dante
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Vanderbilt's admissions committees are a scam. They selected a girl from my school who got in JUST BECAUSE she was a minority...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Vanderbilt's admissions committees are a scam. They selected a girl from my school who got in JUST BECAUSE she was a minority, even though a much more qualified girl was flat-out-rejected. I'm talking ACT was three points higher than the minority girl, and the minority girl's involvement was nonexistent. They only care about their image, not their academics. College admissions at its worst.

Jaren
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The campus is a very clean and safe environment with great faculty ready to help. The student body is really friendly and the...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The campus is a very clean and safe environment with great faculty ready to help. The student body is really friendly and their curriculum is solid. The student life is very involved with sports, extracurriculars, and different paths for different people to take. You'll get a great education out of here

Pauline
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Vanderbilt isn't for everyone , and it definitely doesn't have the same cachet many other equally ranked schools hold, but do...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Vanderbilt isn't for everyone , and it definitely doesn't have the same cachet many other equally ranked schools hold, but don't discount it. On the surface it can seem to be your basic Southern party school (there's definitely no issues finding a place to get down), if you give it a chance you'll find a wide variety of opportunities. It is definitely weaker in terms of supporting non-STEM students, especially in regards to funding, but there is a significant humanities culture hidden in the crevices of campus/

Kendall
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I have enjoyed each of my four years at Vanderbilt. The start of my career was rough, but thanks to the resources offered at ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I have enjoyed each of my four years at Vanderbilt. The start of my career was rough, but thanks to the resources offered at Vanderbilt, I entered my second semester with refreshed energy and an improved outlook on my college career. I have been eager to continue challenging myself and my potential ever since. I applied my new life lessons and not only improved my academic performance but expanded my horizons. Sophomore year, I started a mentorship program through our pre-med society for upperclassmen to mentor underclassmen, and I joined a research team investigating PTSD therapies at the Veteran’s Hospital. In my Junior year, I advocated for required relationship education for student groups and organized on-campus facilitators to educate our peers. I also hosted an assembly at my high school for education and prevention of unhealthy relationships. Inspired by conquering my own failures, I found not only personal success, but also ways to educate and benefit others.

Esther
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Vanderbilt University is an excellent academic school; however, due to the selection of “high-performing” students, the minds...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Vanderbilt University is an excellent academic school; however, due to the selection of “high-performing” students, the mindset of the general population is unhealthy. Not only do students spend all night finishing assignments daily, other nights they lose sleep by partying in large crowds. The university’s administration is actively trying to change the culture towards tolerance, acceptance, and healthy mindsets and habits, but the population can be disappointing still.

Amanda
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It is an extremely happy place. No student seems to be overly unhappy or stressed. A very positive environment that encourage...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is an extremely happy place. No student seems to be overly unhappy or stressed. A very positive environment that encourages student learning in a relaxing setting. The professors are always available and always maintain objectivity when faced with important issues.

Zoe
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Though it has its flaws, it's a greats school. It's a good place to balance work and play. The environment isn't competitive ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Though it has its flaws, it's a greats school. It's a good place to balance work and play. The environment isn't competitive even though it's prestigious, which most people enjoy. Still, the food can get tiring and the academics can be emotionally and physically taxing.

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