Best place on earth...honestly. The people are great, most professors are awesome, the campus is beautiful, and it is in the greatest city. Couldn't have asked for a greater college to go to.
Overall, Vanderbilt is an amazing experience; however, there are some negative aspects. First and foremost, I would change the relation of Vanderbilt University to the Nashville Community. There is something called the "Vandy Bubble". Basically, this means that students tend not to venture far from campus. Most individuals spend nearly all their time on campus or at surrounding restaurants. Nashville is definitely a college town in an urban environment, and I feel it provides students with the best of both worlds. The size of the school, in my opinion, is just right. It is small enough that you will more than likely see people you know while walking across campus, but large enough to always be able to meet new people (though more than likely you will have a few mutual friends).
Vanderbilt is an exciting place to be. More so than any other school I know of, Vanderbilt has countless social outlets. Whether you prefer Greek life, the bar scene, student organizations, sports events, or live music, Nashville has something for everyone. That being said, the most common complaint heard on campus is that often, Vanderbilt students have too much going on. The academics are rigorous and many students struggle to balance their courses in combination with leadership roles and leisure time. Beyond the workload, the diverse student body has different takes on Vandy. Some students complain that Greek life dominates the social scene, while others wish that fraternities and sororities had a larger presence on campus. Many students feel that Vanderbilt is lacking on school spirit, but as a New Yorker unfamiliar with the SEC, I am always impressed by the turnout for football and basketball games. Unlike many other urban universities, Vanderbilt has a spacious, green campus. My conclusion is that Vanderbilt blends aspects of a large Southern school with that of urban New England college. The combination results in a school that may not epitomize a certain personality, but has enough attributes to make anyone comfortable.
Overall, Vanderbilt is an amazing experience; however, there are some critical points that need to be made. First and foremost, I would change the relation of Vanderbilt University to the Nashville Community. There is something called the "Vandy Bubble". Basically, this means that students tend not to venture far from campus. Consequently, students miss out on a lot of unique Nashville experiences. Most individuals spend nearly all their time on campus or at surrounding restaurants. Nashville is definitely a college town in an urban environment, and I feel it provides students with the best of both worlds. The administration can cause a bit of controversy with their choice in investments, both internal and external. Certain student organizations receive favoritism in funding. Additionally, the Vanderbilt Student Government is considered ineffective and of minimal importance. The size of the school, in my opinion, is just right. It is small enough that you will more than likely see people you know while walking across campus, but large enough to always be able to meet new people (though more than likely you will have a few mutual friends). Tailgating is a fundamental experience within Vanderbilt. The fraternities have loud music playing and it is a giant day party. Most people do not end up going to the football games (though this may change as our team improves). It is definitely one of the most fun experiences, and it needs to be experienced in person to fully understand.
I could not be happier that I chose to attend Vanderbilt. The first time I visited, I fell in love with the campus. The abundant trees and impressive buildings create a collegiate, secure and inviting atmosphere that made me want to call it my home. Students are not only intelligent, but are also very friendly and welcoming. The freshmen dorms, The Commons, provide a wonderful first year experience with spacious rooms and an atmosphere created solely for freshmen to help with the transition. With around 6,000 undergrad students, the school is small enough to matter as more than just a number and not be swallowed up but not too small - you will constantly be meeting new people. I love that the majority of students live balanced lives and focus heavily on academics while also wanting to have fun with friends. Nashville is a great city in which to live. When students venture out of the Vandy "bubble" into Nashville they are exposed to a wonderful music scene, great restaurants and shopping, and can experience the friendly and unique Southern culture.
Vanderbilt is a top 20 school and comes with everything you would expect from a college with that reputation. Everything about the school is fantastic. The housing is great, the campus is beautiful, the food is ranked the best in the country, the courses are challenging but excellent, the professors are interactive, and the staff of the university is very helpful. The freshman move-in day alone is one of the greatest programs at the university. Freshmen are welcomed immediately by the upperclassmen and are quickly oriented into college life. I honestly can't think of anything I would change. Campus is situated in downtown Nashville, only minutes away from the clubs and nightlife spots, but is completely secluded from traffic and city noise. There are 6,600 undergrads, which is enough to have a huge diversity in the student body and provide plenty of opportunities to get involved with organizations, but not large enough to get lost in the masses. There are always new people to meet, but I never go anywhere without seeing someone I know. One complaint that some people would have is regarding the administration. The administration is extremely liberal and secular and confines religious life to a small bubble of freedom. However, the administration is only a small part of the college experience. I am confident that there is nowhere else that I would rather be and I know that many of my colleagues would say the same.
If you are entering your Freshman year, Vanderbilt is THE place to go. I transferred in, and I know that Freshmen are treated as kings and queens. They get gigantic houses and have their own campus to hang out at. Everyone loves Freshmen. It is a fantastic school to come to if you want to "trade up" to a higher school. I transferred in and am pleased overall. Furthermore, people are always wowed when you say you go to Vanderbilt. If they know what it is, they will value it like Harvard.
Vanderbilt is an academic school, and that is a good thing. If you need to study, as you certainly will, you can do that without be interrupted. There are a multitude of great study nooks all around the campus.
That being said, Vanderbilt isn;t just about academics. It's a vibrant living and learning community. With a thriving Greek scene, there is never a shortage of things to do on the weekends. There are also a huge number of diverse student organization that you can join. There is something for everyone here that will make them feel like they are connected to the community.
My favorite thing about Vanderbilt though, is all the people I have met. I absolutely enjoy every professor I have had so far and the guys on my floor have become a second family. I've had dinner at Dean Wcislo's several times now and have enjoyed talking to him every time. There are constant opportunities to interact with various faculty members through guest lectures and dinner discussions. The students are friendly and intelligent. Vanderbilt isn't too big either, so you don't feel like you are just lost in the crowd of new students. It really feels like I'm connected and impacting the collegiate community here, and that is a very special thing.
The best thing about Vanderbilt is Campus lIfe. Vanderbilt tries very hard to make campus the center of a students life and it works. There is a "bubble" that extends around Vanderbilt limiting students interaction with Nashville. Most people go within a few miles of campus and come back. On Tuesdays and Thursdays when Vandy kids go downtown the bars are exclusively Vandy. There are a TON of dining options right off campus so there's very little interaction with actual Nashville unless you have a car.
The school size is perfect, not too many people but not to few. When you walk into a class you will see familiar faces and people you've never seen before too. The geographic diversity is great, you get a sense of each regions differences and similarities very quickly. People generally respond favorably to Vanderbilt. In the north a lot of people, if they don't know about colleges, won't have a reaction. However those who know (aka the people who actually matter) know it's an amazing school only getting better by the year. In the south many people have an image of extremely wealthy and intelligent students. Eliciting positive and negative reactions Most of you time on campus is spent in a friends room, in the dining hall, or just sitting on the lawn. Nashville is a college town but it isnt exclusive to Vanderbilt. Nashville being a fairly large city has a range of options perfect for students, but Nashville isnt Vanderbilt and vice versa. For example Umich is Ann Arbor and vice versa. There isn't much controversy besides some inflammatory articles written in the Hustler. Usually over legalizing a drug or feelings toward alcohol consumption. There is a lot of pride but it isnt shown at the games because students are generally too busy partying or having a good time. Most frequent complaint is Parking
just the right size. people think if you go here you're really smart (not always true). time spent at frat houses is good time spent. people like going to school here and enjoy being a commodore mainly if they go to sports games.
The best thing about Vanderbilt is the balance between campus-life and city-life. I don't think any school has a better environmental balance than Vandy! If I could change one thing, I would make hypnotize every person here like they did in Shallow Hal. Oh, and I would force-feed the vandorexics. I think Vandy has the perfect number of students, but you definitely get to know a lot of the student population by the end of your experience. When I tell people I go to Vanderbilt, they usually say: Oh you must be really smart. I spend most of my time on campus either in my room or in a friend's room. You definitely get the college town experience. Nashville is small, and college students are prevalent. About Vanderbilt's administration: where is all our money going exactly? The biggest recent controversy on campus was probably Jered Amato getting fired from his position as editor of the Hustler newspaper. In my mind, there is no controversy: he was making up blatant lies and feeding them to the student body. There is a lot of school pride in a sense, but only when kids want an excuse to get together and get trashed. There are a lot of things that are unusual about Vanderbilt, but that all depends on your perspective. Is not having enough student parking unusual - yes. Is not being able to take a course pass/fail while abroad unusual - yes. Are pastels on guys unusual - yes. I will always remember my experience at Squirrel Camp and my time living on Peabody. Neither of these things will mean nearly the same thing after the changes being made this year. Squirrel Camp is discontinued; Peabody is for freshman. The most frequent student complaints are: lack of parking, lack of parking, and lack of parking. Oh, and frequent tickets due to lack of parking.
Favorite thing: The atmosphere it has, especially in the spring, when fraternities are playing music outside and everyone dresses happily in bright colors and basks in the weather. I'd change the housing situation, but the university is working on that. I think it's the exact right size. People don't react very much when I tell them I go to Vandy; people nod appreciatively or else they don't know where it is. Most of my time is spent in my suite.
Best things: leafy collegiate campus environment, beautiful weather with all four seasons. What we're known for: a million squirrels on campus, a football team that can never seem to get it together (but everyone still loves them), all-you-can-eat Saturday and Sunday brunch, Founders' Walk during freshmen orientation
There are lot of great things about Vanderbilt. It is a very beatiful campus and I think the student body is just about the right size. There are plenty of great activties to get involved in. It is not much of a college town but people don't leave campus that much anyway. If your looking for a school with a large activist movement Vanderbilt isn't for you. The first word I would use to describe Vanderbilt Students is busy. Most people have a difficult academic schedule and have jobs, clubs, sports teams. My biggest complaint about the Vanderbilt administration is that they hold the greek system to diferent standard as the rest of campus. Any school rule that is broken is going to have a far less severe consequesnce if it is done within the context of greek life. Also Vanderbilt requires students to live on campus and provides housing far inferior to what you could find on your own.
The best thing about Vanderbilt is day drinking in the spring. The school is just the right size. When people know I go to Vandy, if they are not in the same socioeconomic class they ask if I'm really smart, if they are they ask what fraternity I'm in. I spend most of my time at the frat house. Nashville has a college town atmosphere, but Vanderbilt students for the most part (apart from community service) segregate themselves from the rest of Nashville. Vanderbilt's administration is draconian and pitifully inept. The biggest recent controversy was the mandated four years on campus, which sucks for two reasons. First there are strict on campus alcohol policies which mean frats need an off campus establishment to throw real parties at which is difficult when no one can live off campus. The second is that compared to most schools, especially ones that have four year on campus policies or students live on campus in general, the dorms are pieces of shit. The new ones are nice and they offer somewhat edible cafeteria food, but the older ones are awful. More than that, besides seniors, everyone has to share a room or live in a single, there's very little existence of doubles, triples, etcs. that have seperate rooms. That's really just weird to live in a single room with another guy/girl and have no cooking space, have a bathroom shared with the rest of your hall, etc.
The nice thing about Vanderbilt is that its small enough to know most of the people in your class (and more), but it's large enough to feel like your aren't stuck with the same people all the time for four years. Also, there are a lot of opportunities to hear live music around campus, including Rites of Spring, a whole music festival on Vanderbilt's campus, that is always a highlight of every academic year.
The school is the perfect size. It is made a lot smaller by the division between Greeks and non Greeks, but you always walk through campus and see someone you know and so many other people you do not. Most people in the North do not know about Vanderbilt, they think it is Villanova. Sometimes they might mention that they have heard of our basketball team but overall it is not well known. But this is improving, even in the 4 years I have been here more and more people are hearing that it is a good school. It is always surprising the amount of school pride that we have. During first semester it seems no one really cares about school spirit because football should be our biggest sport but no one really cares about the actual games. But then basketball season starts and its amazing to see the spirit and community at a home game such as against UT or FL. People got to Memorial Gym over 12 hours before to get first row seats for the UT game - if you came any later than 2 hours before the game you couldnt get it!
Vandy is the perfect size... Vandy has a college town feel when your on campus then you cross the street and are in downtown Nashville.
i wish vanderbilt was a little better and had a little nicer of a campus. where the classes are is pretty but the dorms are ugly and i wish there was more mixing of classes and not having freshmen seperated and spread out everywhere. i also wish there was alot more school pride and people actually got involved. alot of people on campus do get involved but they aren't very vocal about it so it seems as if everyone just studies and parties.
Vanderbilt is the essence of a balanced college life. I feel like I am living the true college experience. It is an amazing school academically, but I don't have to sacrifice a social life.
The campus is stunning, and the students take full advantage. At the first hints of spring, students can be seen lying on the lawns and playing Frisbee. Last year, students set up a giant slip-and-slide on the hill of Peabody campus. It’s all straight out of one of those movies about college. An unusual amount of pastels can be seen on campus; the boys in pastel polos, and the girls often wearing pink. There is somewhat of an overemphasis on fraternities for nighttime entertainment, particularly when one is under 21 and cannot go to the downtown bars. There are surprisingly rigid social lines, as dictated by sororities and fraternities. A definite hierarchy exists amongst the 10 sororities. The student population is small enough that it is possible to feel like you know everyone, at least by face. When I tell people I go to Vanderbilt, I receive mixed reactions. Some people are impressed; while others ask me, “Where is that again?” and proceed to ask me why I would choose to go to school in Tennessee. Most of my time on campus is spent in my dormitory in my suite (with 4 other girls). Friends are usually popping in and out at all times of the day. The area directly surrounding Vanderbilt is decent, but limited. There are some good casual eateries such as Panera and Bread and Company. There are also multiple Starbucks and several nice restaurants in the area. However, in order to get downtown, to the heart of Nashville, it is necessary to drive about 10 minutes. The community feeling is most predominant on campus, and most find that this is sufficient. Our previous Chancellor, Gordon Gee, was quite beloved. He could often be seen amongst drunken students at fraternities parties. He recently left, and was replaced by a new chancellor, Nicholas Zeppos. No news to report on this yet. Juicy Campus has created a school-wide controversy. This website provides an anonymous forum in which students have the opportunity to gossip (over-honestly) about other students and occurrences on campus. Sororities have been doing their best to encourage students to refrain from using this website, but little progress has been made. There is definitely a lot of school pride at Vanderbilt. We refer to it affectionately as “Vandy.” Students wear Vanderbilt logos with pride. Stadiums are usually packed at sporting events, particularly football and basketball games. Our Housing department is known to be a hassle, and the director is widely disliked. The department is known to be rigid and apathetic to individual needs. Students also complain that there is not enough on-campus parking.
The best thing about Vanderbilt is the academics (the great professors and small classes). I would change the un-diverse atmosphere. When I tell people that I go to Vanderbilt, I do not get any type of particular response. I spend most of my time in Towers 3/4. There is a great college city surrounding Vanderbilt. I do not have much contact with the Vanderbilt administration. There is alot of school pride--especially surrounding sports (basketball and football). A frequent student complaint is that there is not enough parking on campus---and not enough off-campus housing available.
The best thing about Vanderbilt is the people. Finding the right niche is key to a good college experience. At first, looking in Vanderbilt seems intimidating, but with time everyone falls into the right place.
Vanderbilt is the perfect size. Its big enough that you will always be meeting new people, but small enough where you can run into friends frequently in the dining hall. Nashville is the perfect college town. It is a big city with a small town feel. There are always things to do, but at the same time you can always stay on campus for a good time. Especially if frats are your thing.
I love the work/life balance at Vanderbilt. Students are really serious about their academics (in general) but they are definitely willing to go out hard thursday nights and the rest of the weekend. If I could change one thing, it would be the prevalence of sororities on campus. I know that many poeple have had great experiences, but I haven't, and I feel stuck as if I have stay in my sorority. For those who do not have a lot of money, it's a huge financial committment, and while that's not an issue for me, I don't really like paying $1000 a semester for something I don't like. I think the school is just right ni size. When my friends who go to school up north think of Vandy, they have that rich, stereotypical greek work-hard play-hard idea of the school. However, everyone from home is very impressed that I go to such a prestigious school. I spend most of my time on campus in towers, where I live because that's where most of my friends are. I also spend a significant amount of time in rand/sarratt and buttrick. I don't think Nashville is exactly a college town, but I like it more. I love downtown; there are tons of restaurnats and shopping. I like living in a city as opposed to a typical college town. I don't really have an opinion on the administration. Juicy campus has been the biggest controversy, and it is really affecting a lot of students. I think there is a lot of school pride which has particularly been evident with Vandy basketball. It's pretty unusual how early we get out of school, but I like it! I will always remember my experiences at rites of spring. The most frequent student complaints involve housing - everyone gets so angry about that.
College town? Can you call New York or Los Angeles a college town? Nashville isn't one either.
good size, perhaps could be more well-known. Nashville is a good town. Not enough sports pride. Administration doesn't care about students, treats us like children, and does everything they can to extract money from us.
The best thing about Vanderbilt is the combination of renowned academics and social atmosphere. It is true that the students here work really hard but it is still possible for us to have a true "college experience" outside of the classroom or the library. I love the size of the school- just large enough to have plenty of chances to meet new and interesting people while it is not unusual to walk to class and see a sea of friendly faces smiling back at you.
When I was looking at colleges, I looked primarily at schools with around 2,000 students thinking that since my high school graduating class was only 85 people, I would feel most comfortable in this small environment. When I ended up attending Vanderbilt, a larger school, I initially felt worried that I would be lost in the crowd and have a hard time seeing people I knew throughout campus. In fact, I have found the opposite. While Vanderbilt is a medium size school, I am always meeting new people but also see people I know throughout campus all the time. There is hardly an event on campus that I know absolutely no one, even if only recognizing from Facebook. I love Nashville although I wish parking was easier. Nashville is a great town not only for country music but for an alternative atmosphere that you can find at Fido, Cafe Coco, and on 12th Ave. There is always something do to, provided you have access to a car, and it's easy to leave the Vanderbubble. If you don't have a car, however, you are subjected to expensive cab rides with drivers who not only do not speak English but have no idea where they are going. One thing I do not like about Vanderbilt: the social pressure TO party hard because we are almost expected to from our reputation. I also wish I knew about the administration more--I honestly couldn't tell you who the various deans are.
The best thing about vandy is the student body. I love all of my peers!! Also, Vandy is the perfect size. People from the south are really impressed by vandy, people from everywhere else are starting to hear about it. Biggest Complaint: Almost all of the premeds I know aren't as enthusiastic about vandy. The class size is waay to large, the curve screws over half the class, the professors don't teach the material and they also don't give a shit.
I LOVE the size of Vanderbilt. I enjoy walking to class and being able to see at least a few people I know and am able to wave and say hello. At the same time I can walk into a class and never have seen a majority of the students there but it definitely feels like a nice sized community. I hate that people where I'm from know nothing about the academic prestige of Vanderbilt and don't know where it is. The social life here is phenomenal and I couldn't imagine fitting in better anywhere else, I love seeing people from my classes who are at the top of the class but at the same time they were at a party the night before.
There are a lot of cool people here, everyone is pretty happy, the classes and teachers are overall interesting, and I feel like I am getting a good education. The school is smaller than you think it is at first. Juicycampus.com has been an interesting recent controversy on campus, go there if you want the down and dirty about what some people on this campus think, though you may be fairly disgusted by how superficial it is.
The Vandygirl stereotype is true to some extent, a lot of people find that there is a lot of pressure to get perfect grades, look super put together and cute all of the time, be very involved, and very social which is difficult. The atmosphere can be very superficial at times.
One thing I would change is the new focus on the "freshman experience" -- the administration is reorganizing all of campus and disrupting our traditions, losing sight of the upperclassman experience. As a junior, I am glad I'm leaving before the changes will really affect me. Nashville is an awesome town! It took me a while to get comfortable leaving the "Vanderbubble", but I love this city now. You can find any variety of live music any night of the week -- it's not just country! I think there's a lot of school pride here, but not the same sense as some other schools. We're kind of a school of fair weather sports fans -- people rarely stay for the whole football game or are too drunk to pay attention while they are in the stands. This year our basketball team is really good, so you're seeing a lot more spirit around campus especially during March Madness. We love the SEC, though, and are really proud to be in our conference.
I love the South. I love that I came to school in a place that is totally different from where I grew up. I love going out with my friends, both to the frats and downtown.
What I'll remember most are random moments with my friends (mostly drunk) where we just laugh for hours
I would change the meal plan.
The school is a medium size, meaning that while you won't know the majority of people, you will always run into someone you know, for better or for worse.
Adults are usually impressed by hearing about Vanderbilt, while other college students don't seem to really care.
I spend the most time in my dorm.
In a big city.
The administration can be good, but needs to pay more attention to students.
There is some school pride, not at football games, but definitely at basket-ball games.
In Vanderbilt your stuck inside the Vandy bubble, meaning you rarely leave campus and are almost always around other Vanderbilt students.
The best thing about Vanderbilt are that it's a great academic school and we have great sports. The size is perfect. A lot of people from the Northeast haven't even heard of Vanderbilt. Those people who have heard of Vanderbilt are very impressed that I go here and often say that it is the "Harvard of the South" There is a good amount of school pride considering our small size compared to the large size of the public schools in the SEC. I will always remember tailgating for football games.
The one thing I would change about Vandy is the toilet paper. The stuff we have is pretty rough, and with how much we pay to go here, we should have better.
Living in Nashville is great. Restaurants, nightlife, shopping, cultural activities, and resources for future careers are fantastic. People in town love Vandy students! The HUGE Greek scene on campus is both a blessing and a curse. Having such a strong Greek presence means that there are always great parties on the weekends, and often cool events during the week too. However, the competitive nature of the fraternity and sorority system can put a lot of pressure on students to look and act a certain way, and to not step outside the "Vandybubble" to experience the rest of Nashville. My best advice for a new Vandy student? Always wait a moment or two before crossing West End at 21st Avenue. There will ALWAYS be two or three cars that run the red light. It's the easiest place to get killed if you aren't careful.
I think the best asset that Vanderbilt has is its professors. Granted, there will always be bad teachers at any school, but by in large the teachers here are amazing. It is great that they are willing to make an effort to go both get to know you and help you out beyond the classroom. I also think that Vanderbilt is very fortunate to be located where it is with such a beautiful campus, and Nashville is a fun college town and city on the whole.
The best thing about Vanderbilt is the charismatic community, and the balance between work and play.
I would change the housing situation.
I love being a Peabody student because I get the priviledge of small individualized attention, but also get to take various Arts and Science classes as well.
People are always very impressed that I go to Vanderbilt as the school as a very prestigious reputation.
I spend most of my time during the day in between Peabody and Central campuses - I go to the library a lot or eat lunch at the Cafe's in between breaks. The rest of my time I typically spend around Branscomb with the other freshman.
I love Nashville. It is the perfect college town and has so much to offer! In 5 minutes you can go from the beautiful oasis of the park-like campus to the bustling streets of West-end or 21st ave with dozens of restaurants to choose from. There is always something fun to do.
I think Vanderbilt has a very qualified and dedicated administration. I think that they really care about their students which is important, although sometimes I find that grading or getting help from a professor is a bit of a challenge.
The biggest controversy on campus was over housing for next year. They want to move everyone on campus but in the mean time the rising sophmores are getting put in freshman housing again which is really unfair.
I think their is a lot of school pride and everyone loves it here. I wish their was more spirit though.
I think Vanderbilt's location in Nashville (southern charm) sets it apart from many other ivy-tier schools.
I will definitely always remember founders day walk and processing in with my new classmates.
Vanderbilt is just right. I love that there are enough people so that you dont see someone you know everywhere you go but you do know @ least one person in every class. People think Vandy is really hard. I spend most of my time split between the engineering building, my dorm, and the frats :-). Nashville is a college town somewhat. The administration does not really care about the students as much as their reputation and the immense money they are making off of us. Biggest controversy is greek life because the school is constantly bashing on something that adds to the life. Most frequent student complaints: way too much work. come on, we are only young once!
Vandy is a big school with a tight-knit community. You run into people you know every day, it's easy to have lunch, dinner, or coffee with anybody on campus. There is truly an intellectual network running all over; whether it's on the famous Wall, on Alumni Lawn, or at Starbucks, people are always talking about new things they've learned and exciting prospects for the weekend. Not only is Nashville an incredibly lively city full of fun bars and country clubs, but Vanderbilt's campus is a social hub on weekends with parties, club-sponsored events, concerts, speakers, movies, etc. Vanderbilt is truly the elite in Tennessee. People are always awed and very proud of the students that attend Vandy; we are the pride of the South! Anywhere else, the name is always linked with refinement and top-quality academics. Even the name sounds elite... The most beautiful times at Vanderbilt are the transitional seasons, autumn to winter, spring to summer. In the fall, the gorgeous multi-colored leaves give this arboretum a cool and delicious makeover, while in the spring, flowers bloom from every inch of campus. Walking to class is always a pleasure, no matter what time of day. This is a truly beautiful campus, a perfect blend of older architecture and newer facilities on a timeless piece of land in the most exciting city in the South.
I love Vanderbilt and I am so proud to be a Vanderbilt student. I think its the perfect size and I love living in Nashville. One thing I would have liked to be different is the freshmen housing situation--but the administration has taken care of that problem with the Commons center opening next year. Another thing is the dining on campus; but that's a pretty minor issue I think.
The only school wide controversy I can think of concerns our newspaper editor being fired, but I'm not really sure why.
There's definitely a lot of school pride, especially with March Madness approaching; basketball games are some of the most fun and spirited events on campus. At our last home game, the doors had to be closed nearly 2 hours before the game started because the stadium filled up so quickly.
I'll always remember the day I pledged Tri Delt! It sounds so cheesy, but it has really made my college experience all the better and I am so happy that I decided to take part in greek life.
The best thing about Vanderbilt: is Greek life.
Name one thing you'd change: In high school, we would always hate the month of March because there were no days off. There were no three day weekends or breaks. At Vandy, every month is March. I wish we at least got off for Martin Luther King day.
Is your school too large, too small, or just right? It was weird to me at first going from a small high school to college, and not being able to recogninze everyone. However, I love meeting new people and that there are always new people to meet. I have a diverse group of friends that I don't think I would have if Vandy was any smaller.
How do people react when you tell them you go to Vanderbilt: My friends from home really stayed in the New York area (I'm from Long Island) and when we would all tell people where we were going adults were really impressed that I was going to Vandy, especially in comparison to them. My friends from home still associate Vandy with the stereotypes that I listed and make fun of me for going here but adults seem impressed by it, and my grandpa is really proud!
Where do you spend most of your time on campus: In academic terms I spend the most time in the library, but I spend a lot of time going from Brandscomb to Barnard.
College town, or what college town: What college town? I hate having to cross that intense street only to walk even furthur to get to anything. I hate that we have to take a cab to get to the mall or the movies. I wouldn't even call the surrounding area a town. It's more like a random assortment of stores and establishments built up around the campus.
What is your opinon of Vanderbilt's administration: Not great, I feel like the rising sophmores are being ignored for this whole freshman commons idea.
What was the biggest recent controversy on campus: Juicy Campus??
Is their a lot of school pride: I would say there is. Our football team isn't the best, yet everyone goes to the games and I always see people decked out in Vandy attire.
Is their anything unusual about Vanderbilt: The Vandy Bubble
What's one experience you'll always remember: I just think freshman year in general, just meeting the people that have become my family and the ability to go out and drink and not come back till 4am. Just the whole freedom of being at college.
What are the most frequent student complaints: The food (Rand), how Vandy doesn't seem to care about upperclassmen, how rising sophmores are going to have to live in freshman housing again, and that there are no days off!
i love the balance of everything here... great academics, lots of fun things to do, and activities for whatever you are interested in. i'd like to change the housing.. don't think freshmen should be on peabody.. i feel like the school is trying to trick them into living here (the high school kids don't know they'll be in kissam as a sophomore) i think most people are impressed when i say i go to vandy. i spend a lot of time studying, but when i'm not studying, i like to go out to lunch and dinner with my friends, go to parties, and do activities with my sorority. i love nashville... definitely a good college town.
The best thing about Vanderbilt is our ability to balance work hard and play hard. One thing that I would change is the Commons munchie mart. School size is just right. Some people have never even heard of Vanderbilt and some are very impressed by my attending Vanderbilt. I spend most of my time in my room. Definitely a college town around campus. Biggest recent controversy on campus was the recent firing of the Vanderbilt Hustler editor. There is a lot of school pride. One experience that I will always remember is going through sorority recruitment. Most frequent student complaints are food options on campus.
Vanderbilt always has so much going on all the time. People are always all around campus whether they are in the library, out getting food, headed to class, hanging out with friends, or going out. It is easy to get involved, get to know people, and have fun. Nashville is such a fun city with so many fun things to do. Also there are great restaurants around town.
Vanderbilt is the best school. The best thing about it is that everyone is in the same boat. Classes are hard, but we all learn to balance. We all work hard and play hard. I would not change a thing. The size is just right, Nashville is a wonderful place to live and just large enough to never get old! I spend most of my time in my room, all around the campus studying, and at all the athletic events. We do not have the best football team, but I think the students love it anyway. For football games, a lot of the students dress up in sun dresses and nice clothes to go get pumped up for the games! I think this is an awesome tradition that brings all of the students together. I never hear of a student not liking Vanderbilt or anything about it.
The best thing about Vanderbilt is the big school/small school environment. Vanderbilt has roughly 6000 undergrads but I feel as if it is much smaller. It took me much less than a semester to get settled in and everywhere I go I run into countless people that I know. Despite its small size especially within its conference, Vanderbilt has one of the top athletic programs in the country and attending the games have been some of my most memorable experiences thus far.
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