Vanderbilt University Reviews

  • 108 Reviews
  • Nashville (TN)
  • Annual Tuition: $56,966
89% of 108 students said this degree improved their career prospects
95% of 108 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Zoe Williams
  • Reviewed: 1/26/2022
  • Degree: Teaching
"I attended Vanderbilt as an undergraduate, studying English Literature and German Studies, along with a music minor. I was eager to return for their renowned Education programs at Peabody in order to become a licensed educator. I could not have been more disappointed. The rigor of my coursework was night and day compared to my undergraduate experience. My professors displayed a consistent lack of professionalism, and my courses consisted largely of non-primary resources as reading materials, while we were told we would be focused on theory. There is a gap between the expectations and the reality of education here for Secondary Education. I have not experienced such disappointments in any other department or course for that matter. My friends and colleagues in other departments have not experienced such issues, either. I truly wish I had attended elsewhere. Sadly, most programs do not accept transfer credits, and those that do accept none of the ones I have taken so far, which sadly does not surprise me given the lack of learning that took place. While constructivism is lauded, for example, we read secondary and tertiary sources and are asked to learn from our peers, although most of the students lack teaching experience. This is not the kind of education I would have hoped for, especially from such a renowned program."
Thomas Desrosiers
  • Reviewed: 12/28/2019
  • Degree: Music
"Vanderbilt is the reason I am who I am today. With its plentiful resources, wonderful instruction, and generous faculty, I have grown considerably as a student, professional, and human being. I must be upfront about the difficulty. By no means is Vanderbilt an "Easy A" institution. However, students are pushed for good reason. Vanderbilt is a source of world class professionals in all disciplines. More importantly, Vanderbilt produces thinkers. By being exposed to new ideas, concepts, theories, and discoveries, each student brings into the world their own unique perspectives. I highly recommend Vanderbilt to any student wishing to apply. It's difficult, but well worth it."
Maya Benayoun
  • Reviewed: 3/21/2018
  • Degree: Communications
"Vanderbilt University offered the full package of things an undergraduate student wants. The academic discipline was challenging and the professors are world renowned. There are many already existing majors and the option to create your own dynamic major. The social life is un-matched with consistent access to SEC college sports games, Greek life, religious organizations, professional clubs and campus social activities. Moreover, the network once graduating is accessible, diverse and extremely helpful. As I now move onto a graduate degree at Chicago Booth , I feel I chose a program that mirrored the experience I had at Vanderbilt because it was just that great!"
Big dog
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: History
"Good, professors are highly respected and well-published"
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Biomedical Sciences
"A good school where faculty want you to do well and achieve."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"Great program that allowed a lot of hands-on experience in my specific areas of interest. Loved the professors as well as the surrounding community. The cost of tuition is very high, however."
  • Reviewed: 6/29/2017
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"The graduate education here is a joke. Graduate students are treated as the priority for neither faculty or the administration. Sometimes it makes folks who stay here wondering whether they still attend or work for an educational institution. Maybe it's more appropriate to change the name of Vanderbilt University into Vanderbilt-Zeppos Corporation. The graduate graduates here are victimized by toxic department politics between professors. It seemed the only thing mattered there is to learn how to navigate a life between superstar tenured professors and over-privileged undergraduates. The first thing that the Teaching Center taught you was to read an article entitled "how to teach privileged kids." The graduate students here serve as cheap exploitable labor for both professors and the university as a whole. I am very regretful that I chose Vanderbilt for my graduate school. I should have transferred after the first year. Every year, I had the shimmer of hope that things would get better next year. However, as the years went by, things stayed as they had been--indifferent department, condescending faculty, and impervious administration. There is absolutely no sense of community here--living community, learning community, intellectual community. University administrators are close-minded, petty, back-biting snobs. They're more interested in their own job security than in the welfare of the organization, the students or the employees."
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: MBA
"I fell in love with the community at Vanderbilt, such a tight knit group between students and with faculty/administration."
Lucas Frederick William Wilson
  • Reviewed: 4/21/2017
  • Degree: Ministry
"I had an amazing educational experience at Vanderbilt. My professors cared about me; the classes were wonderfully suited to my research interests; I had the freedom to pursue a specialization; and the city of Nashville was amazing. I would recommend the religious studies program to anyone!"
Megan Garry
  • Reviewed: 3/27/2017
  • Degree: Special Education
"Vanderbilt University is an incredibly rigorous, research based institution. The knowledge and experiences thus far will forever impact my future career in the field of special education and applied behavior analysis. The diverse experience of research, practicum and internships fill the gap from research to practice."
Lena Jensen
  • Reviewed: 3/25/2017
  • Degree: Early Childhood Education
"Vanderbilt University is an amazing school! While attending I was able to work with and learn from professors that are experts in their field and take part in their ground breaking research. I was provided with an intimate education experience that has laid the groundwork for the success of my career in education. The Special Education program is number one in the world and that is evident by the breadth of experience and knowledge that I gained while attaining my Masters degree. Vanderbilt University has shaped my future as a successful educator which not only has an impact on my life but also the success of my students and future students. I would not be the teacher I am today without the education and experience that Vanderbilt has provided me."
Tomas Karlton Grant
  • Reviewed: 3/13/2017
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Adult-Gerontology Acute Care)
"I've visited the campus a total of about 5 times during the interview process and immediately fell in love with not only the program, but also the city of Nashville in itself. Vanderbilt's reputation precedes itself, but what I appreciated most was how much the faculty, staff, and the entire Nashville community helped to make me feel safe and welcome. I am an African American male, born and raised in Indianapolis, IN. Moving to "The South" had always been a huge concern of mine, but I figured if I could survive at a predominately white institution during my undergraduate career, then I was more than prepared for life in Nashville. The program was very accommodating and ensured that I had all of the tools that I would need to be successful and continually support me during my studies. Hope this review is helpful!"
  • Reviewed: 3/9/2017
  • Degree: Engineering
"The Engineering Science degree within Vanderbilt's School of Engineering was a great choice for me! It was an incredibly flexible degree with a large opportunity to personalize my course load. I was able to take a huge variety of courses both within and outside of the Engineering department. The course requirements allowed me to focus on the project management and business side of the tech world. I was able to add a second major- Psychology- to my study, and with these two very distinct areas of study, I am able to understand both the technological and human-factors aspects of the business world."
Kenitra N.
  • Reviewed: 2/25/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"The MSN degree program at Vanderbilt University is definitely a rigorous and challenging experience, but you learn such a significant amount of information and are taught by some of the most incredible providers in the field. The program itself is fast-paced, but the leaders always make sure to take care of you and cater to your needs if you feel like you are struggling with anything. They give you plenty of resources that may suit your learning capabilities better. There is a lot of hands on teaching for those who have never served in the field previously, and that is very beneficial."
  • Reviewed: 2/12/2017
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"Great school with diverse offerings to fit any personality. Heavily Greek oriented but felt like it brought students closer instead of dividing. Fantastic amenities, food options, course offerings (can design your own major), clubs and study abroad programs. I most enjoyed meeting students from different walks of life and from various countries. The bond you form at Vanderbilt will carry through life. Alumni are ALWAYS willing to help out their fellow Dores!"
  • Reviewed: 1/24/2017
  • Degree: Engineering
"Vanderbilt is an awesome university. it has diversity, with students and professors. I highly recommend Vanderbilt"
Emily Thermos
  • Reviewed: 11/21/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"Vanderbilt University is an excellent institution. The classes are rigorous and have always prepared me well for the next level. The professors are intelligent and care about your success. The student community is also great. There are also many opportunities to be involved on campus."
Stephanie Bennett
  • Reviewed: 9/30/2016
  • Degree: Religious Studies
"Vanderbilt University's Divinity School is a great institution. Overall, I was pleased with my experience there. I appreciated the access to renown scholars like Professors AJ L. and P.B. Currently, the divinity school has Dr. E.T. serving as the dean. I also appreciated the very wide alumni network that I now have access to. Vanderbilt offers a variety of rigorous curriculum and theologically challenging classes. I can honestly say that I learned a lot from my time there, both academically and socially; Vanderbilt made me think. However, at times I felt like the advocacy of theological diversity was downplayed. The Divinity School prides itself on its liberalism, but in doing so, the conservative voice is often silenced and heavily criticized. While I understand and respect the liberalism of the institution, I believe one of the things that makes an institution diverse is its ability to foster an environment where all voices are heard and respected at the theological table. While I wanted Vanderbilt to do a better job of listening to voices unlike theirs, I believe my experience was invaluable to my academic and professional careers."
  • Reviewed: 9/25/2016
  • Degree: Philosophy
"Vanderbilt philosophy department offers a plural program, which means that you have top scholars to work with in both the analytic and continental traditions. The program also offers a broad range of teaching experiences which renders candidate to be more marketable when they are ready to graduate."
Charles Snow
  • Reviewed: 9/13/2016
  • Degree: Human Services
"Vanderbilt is a fantastic university that guides promising students to promising futures. The opportunities and education I received at Vanderbilt is invaluable! The university also makes college a reality for many students like myself who do not have the financial means to attend college. I'm so thankful for Vanderbilt!"