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Vanderbilt University

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“Great southern school on the up swing”
April 2018FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Surrounded by brilliant people who are also generally social (though there can be some issues there, see next point0

Downers

Social scene can be a bit elitist. Most (60%+) of the undergrads are greek and your affiliation often defines your social status

Comments

Make sure you know what you want to do after school. There are plenty of campus orgs to develop specialized skills outside of your coursework (because lets be honest, no one gets a job just because they got a few As) but you have to seek them out

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Vanderbilt University”
February 2016CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

It is a great campus with high academic standard and amazing resources

Downers

I do not love that some classes are lecture halls and other are very small

Comments

It is an amazing learning environment that will help you to flourish academically and socially

Would You Recommend

Yes

“The Harvard of the South”
February 2016CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

Vanderbilt fosters a very competitive environment amongst its students. It is a liberal arts school that encourages each student to explore a diverse range of academic subjects.

Downers

Sometimes, the school makes students feel as though they are on their own in the job search process.

Comments

It is important to understand that this school is the definition of "work hard, play hard."

Would You Recommend

Yes

“2010 Graduate Review”
August 2015FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Access to some of the best minds in any filed (I studied economics)—if you can establish a good working relationship with the professors. Beautiful campus.

Downers

Homogenous, apolitical, entitled student body. Greek life seems to trump all.

Comments

If greek life is not for you, don't let it scare you away—it takes some more effort, but there are plenty of meaningful opportunities to take advantage of, from intramural and club sports to model UN.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Holistic Experience”
August 2015CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

Everyone at Vandy is smart and going places - but it's the kind of place where "smart" isn't enough to do well. Vandy forces you to develop yourself as a whole to be successful - socially, physically, academically.

Downers

Pressure cooker. Similar issues to all other top-tier schools - the pressure to do it all builds up.

Comments

Vandy is a fantastic school for students who want a high caliber education inside and outside the classroom.

Would You Recommend

Yes

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

Extensive application with essays, letters of recommendation, etc.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2013

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

common application

financial aid and scholarship opportunities

ED I, ED II, regular decision

interviews with alumni

Level

3

Graduation Year

2013

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Requirements vary depending on which academic school you are in: college of arts and sciences, blair school of music, school of engineering, or peabody.

Quality of Life

Students live on campus for all four years. Living is expensive, but you are directly on campus. The campus is beautiful, with althetic facilities and room for al lthe student organizations. There are many different libraries which all students (graduate and undergraduate) can access. Students are required to purchase a meal plan for three years (21 meals, 14 meals, and 8 meals) with additional meals as an option. Nashville is an amazing city and Vanderbilt has a lot of support and respect in the community. We have our own police force and the campus is flooded with blue lights. Students are extremely happy.

Admissions

Since I applied, Vanderbilt has switched to a common application only. I had an optional alumni interview which was helpful. There is an early decision one and two option along with regular decision. They have an incredible financial aid program that is loan free for all students that can be explored at the Vanderbilt Admissions website. There are a few merit scholarship opportunities available as well.

Graduation Year

2011

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Vanderbilt is a liberal arts school so there is a liberal arts core that you must complete. The number of hours required for the liberal arts core differs from major to major. This is the same for the major requirements. Academic advising for the Engineering school is very helpful since you declare your major when you apply. Therefore your advisor is within your major field and they are your advisor for four years. They are very helpful in recommending classes and helping you decide which paths to take. The class sizes are reasonably small especially once you get into your major classes. The professors are very willing to meet with you whenever you are available to go over tests, homework, or just if you need advice. They are very flexible and understanding and want you to do well. The research opportunities here are amazing and not very hard to find. All you have to do is talk with your professors or ask around and most likely you will find a research opportunity that suits you. The classes are challenging and the workload is reflective of that, but if you learn how to manage your time you should be perfectly fine. I find that most students are able to balance the workload with having a life.

Quality of Life

The housing is extremely nice and there are multiple options for living styles on campus. The campus is beautiful and the food is wonderful. The libraries are well-kept with plenty of study spaces. I really love the campus and think the quality of life at Vanderbilt is exceptional.

Admissions

Vanderbilt uses the Common Application, which makes it pretty easy to apply. You can do an interview (I did) in your hometown and it is beneficial for the student to get to know more about Vanderbilt. There are two different Early Decision deadlines, which is nice if you aren't sure you want to go to Vanderbilt by November. Vanderbilt offers lots of financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2012

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

general requirements and core classes, major degree requirements, academic advisors, small class sizes, research-one university, accessible professors, extremely competitive, notable faculty, study abroad and work study opportunities

Quality of Life

EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!!!!

Admissions

common application, financial aid and scholarship opportunities

Level

3

Graduation Year

2013

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