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I write this in the sincere hope thatQuite BrightPolitical Science
I write this in the sincere hope that it can help someone make a more informed decision on where to invest 4 and hope that Universities stop turning a blind eye to crime on campus and treat it as any other crime committed. One of my 4 roommates Senior year was caught on video tape stealing from me. He later admitted to stealing more things from me and my other three roommates. He had stolen clothes, video games, money, and electronics totaling over Five Thousand Dollars. We tried to take the case to Vanderbilt so it could be handled internally, but Vanderbilt and Student Accountability gave him the same punishment that they would give a student for taking less than the required credit hours.He was given a deffered probation so no record would ever show up that he had a tendency to steal things. In response, despite what Vanderbilt administration wanted me to do, we took the case to court where his lawyer sent a plea deal to a misdemeanor theft and a year probation. In the court system where the burden of proof is beyond a reasonable doubt, he was found guilty. At Vanderbilt, where the burden of proof is more likely than not, he was given a slap on the wrist. Neither me nor my roommates were ever contacted by Student Accountability as part of their "investigation" despite me trying. Everyone he lived with starting his freshman year complained of things being stolen. Vanderbilt turned a blind eye and only victimized myself and my roommates. Throughout the process I was constantly dissuaded from going to the police with the evidence I had compiled. Meanwhile almost an entire month later, Vanderbilt Housing had still not removed him completely from his room in our suite. Vanderbilt has a great academic reputation as they should, but their lack of ethics and a moral code in my experience with Housing and Student Accountability is deplorable. I loved the school and felt they treated me very well until this arose and lasted my entire senior year.
4th Year Male -- Class 2016
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Individual Value: F
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I transferred here last year, and cannot sayQuite BrightOther
I transferred here last year, and cannot say enough great things about Vanderbilt. Most of the negative reviews here are very old, and not at all accurate, and I wanted to address some of them.

Overall, Vandy is an amazing school. Beautiful people, amazing professors, very smart students that push each other and work hard (and also party hard). I've gotten so much out of my time here.

Anyway, to address the negative comments:
1) Yes, sexual assaults happen on college campuses. HOWEVER, Vandy does an AMAZING job handling them. For instance, with the football player scandal, the perpetrators were immediately expelled. That was a big deal, and they handled it swiftly and appropriately. I haven't heard of a severe sexual assault on campus in the entire time I've been here, though last year there were a few incidents involving freshman boys that couldn't keep it in their pants. The student body is notified of every incident (with a "a sexual assault occurred on campus at XXX location at XXX time and involved a man who came back to a dorm room with a female and the reported sexual assault took place" or something along those lines). There are AMAZING resources for women on this campus (women's center, separate sexual assault center, training and education about sexual assault for all fraternity members, etc). There IS somewhat of a "hookup" culture here, but I also know tons of people in committed relationships.

2) Yes, many students at this school have money, but many don't. Yes, there is greek life. Yes, it can be tough if you don't join greek life, but I also know plenty of kids who didn't join and have very active social lives and are friends with greeks and non-greeks alike. Overall Vanderbilt is very inclusive.

3) Many of the reviews were from people who did not actually attend Vanderbilt, were high school summer students, or people who graduated long ago. Keep in mind that the people who usually seek out websites like this to write reviews are the unhappy ones!!Good luck with college searches! Come to Vandy! It's great!

2nd Year Female -- Class 2017
Education Quality: A+, Campus Maintenance: C+
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Vanderbilt is the type of school where youQuite BrightGeography and Geosciences
Vanderbilt is the type of school where you can work hard and play hard. It has some of the best academics in the nation. I always felt like I was learning something new and worthwhile and that the professors really cared about my education. Despite the high tuition, Vanderbilt makes sure that its students don't pay more than they can afford (need-based grants and scholarships). Overall, my experience has been positive because of the beautiful campus, the approachable professors, and the amount of opportunities Vanderbilt has to offer.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2016
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