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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
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Education Quality: F
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I read all the negative reviews, and IBrightPolitical Science
I read all the negative reviews, and I have to say, these people have a point: there are a lot of gorgeous people there and there is a lot of partying. Still.

I had a great time at Vanderbilt. I learned a lot, and after kids, I taught myself a new discipline with help from the university librarian. My academic advisor was way up in the faculty and he was accessible to me, my parents and was willing to take risks to let me get what I wanted out of my major. (Actually cut me loose on an international program so that I could travel alone for a week in rural Spain -- that would probably not happen now..............but it was AWESOME! )

There are a lot of rich, white, beautiful people here. There are sororities and fraternities. I was in one. I loved it. The most beautiful and intimidating person I ever saw in my life (to this day) three weeks into my freshman year turned out to be my maiden of honor and my daughter's godmother. I had to extend myself here and develop my self confidence. It paid off.

I was ready for the work world, the dating world, the shallow work the system world -- all those "worlds" out there. Vanderbilt is a microcosm of the Southern Universe, but as time goes on and experiences begin to even out, I learned a lot here that had absolutely nothing to do with academics that I would not exchange for anything.

Academics were fine for me -- they can be a mixed bag. I was not a math/science person so I did not have to deal with TA's that could not speak English, though that can be a problem from what I understand. I had some really terrific professors in the liberal arts -- very accessible -- we ate at their houses, went on trips together, hung out at lunch, and were easy to talk to. My fine arts, Spanish, and Latin American Studies professors were all very engaging. I did not take a lot of survey courses. I AP'd out. I had a good academic experience.

I would send a child here.

Alumna Female -- Class 2000
Preparedness: B+ Reputation: B
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