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Reasons to choose Vanderbilt over the University of Pennsylvania

dude1977956dude1977956 Posts: 19Registered User New Member
edited April 2012 in Vanderbilt University
First off I am not trying to be offensive, but I was recently accepted to both, great schools. I was just wondering if there is any reason for a person with an undecided college direction or career in mind to attend Vanderbilt over UPenn?
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Replies to: Reasons to choose Vanderbilt over the University of Pennsylvania

  • lexieamlexieam Posts: 1,124Registered User Senior Member
    You should visit both and decide which is better for you! Both schools have a great reputation and I assume both offer the program you want, so it's up to you!
  • PancakedPancaked Posts: 2,980Registered User Senior Member
    They're very similar academically. Vanderbilt probably has a more active social scene, though UPenn carries a bit more prestige.
  • GregFieldsGregFields Posts: 278Registered User Junior Member
    Honestly, Penn is on a completely different level. I'd choose Penn, unless you feel that you have some very strong ties to Vandy.
  • PancakedPancaked Posts: 2,980Registered User Senior Member
    Penn is not on a completely different level. They aren't ranked much higher. Vanderbilt had a lower admit rate this year. Vanderbilt's class of 2016 has a higher 50% SAT and ACT than Penn. They're very similar academically.
  • timetodecide12timetodecide12 Posts: 708Registered User Member
    Penn has more gunner/selfish types, it’s a far more cut-throat environment. At Vanderbilt, people would rather be your friend than beat you on a test. Better weather, safer area, D-1 sports, nicer campus, bigger festivals, and more attractive student body are other bonuses.
  • Faline2Faline2 Posts: 3,885Registered User Senior Member
    go to the Accepted student days and make a gut based decision...there is little difference in the talent level of the student body but notable differences in history and setting. I personally like Philly and like Nashville a lot more than I ever expected to really like it. Nashville has a creative buzz and is an extremely friendly city. Vanderbilt and Nashville have a strong positive synergy and Vanderbilt is a rather warm sort of friendly campus culture. compare departments and majors if you have clarity there. You can't really go wrong
  • sbjdorlosbjdorlo Posts: 3,352Registered User Senior Member
    Pancaked, where do you find that kind of information? Is there a thread on CC that shows acceptance rates of various colleges?

    Thanks.
  • speechie92speechie92 Posts: 136Registered User Junior Member
    Pancaked is correct; Vanderbilt's admit rate was 12.02%, Penn's was 12.3%. Just google the student newspapers, go to the school's web pages, etc and you should be able to find the stats.
  • zhugeliangfanzhugeliangfan Posts: 14Registered User New Member
    here is the info for Vandy's admission statistics

    Class of 2016 Regular Decisions Mailed Today | The Vandy Admissions Blog | Vanderbilt University
    Also, you could find information about UPenn admission result as well as other Ivies here

    The Daily Pennsylvanian :: Admit rate holds steady at 12.3 percent

    U. accepts 2,760 to class of 2016 - The Brown Daily Herald - Serving the community daily since 1891

    I believe that Vandy and Penn are not in much different levels now. Of course each school has its own strong departments, programs, etc...
    Hope it helps.
  • speechie92speechie92 Posts: 136Registered User Junior Member
    Another point -- I've always felt that Penn's reputation/US News ranking/etc is based largely on the awesomeness of Wharton, with the rest of the college tagging along for the ride and not quite being at the same level of excellence, prestige, and so on and so forth. If you got into Wharton, go for it and don't look back. Otherwise, Vandy's the way to go.
  • Commodore15Commodore15 Posts: 117Registered User Junior Member
    I'm a freshman at Vanderbilt in the college of arts and sciences, and I love it here. However, I have no delusions; I do believe that Vanderbilt is an amazing school, but it is not at the level of UPenn.
    UPenn's reputation is deserved. It is top 3 in business, top 5 in medicine, and top 10 in law. It is strong across a number of PhD disciplines.
    As far as undergraduate colleges go, however, Vanderbilt may be a peer to UPenn. I don't mean to suggest that UPenn is better in every aspect, and I personally would not to go UPenn over Vanderbilt for undergrad because Vanderbilt is probably more enjoyable.
    OP -- I would go to whichever college you feel fits you better. I don't think that UPenn will grant you an advantage over Vanderbilt for your undergraduate career. Although there is little doubt that UPenn is the stronger institution, institutional strength is not wholly indicative of undergraduate college experience.
  • snajeansnajean Posts: 242Registered User Junior Member
    Choose Vandy if you are into DIV 1 sports, love the south, or if you are into country music. If you think Vandy has better weather, remember that humidity and temps in the 90's are common for August, September and April. Vandy has much better dorms.

    Choose Penn if you are looking for the prestige of an Ivy league degree, love the north east,and want a school with a sense of history. Penn has colder months for sure (January, February and March) but this past winter was so mild, its weather is less of an impact than ever. Penn has better food options too.

    Both schools have great academics, although Wharton is a class unto itself. I have been to both Nashville and Philadelphia, both are underwhelming; although I would rather be in Philadelphia where I can hop on a train in 90 minutes and be in New York or hit the road and sun at the beach.

    All 3 of my kids would choose Penn over Vanderbilt, and this comes from an alum of the school. No matter how much Vanderbilt moves up the rankings, it's hard to beat the prestige of an ivy.
  • speechie92speechie92 Posts: 136Registered User Junior Member
    If you got into Wharton, go, no questions asked. I have problems when people try to lump all of the Ivies together, though. Harvard, Yale, Princeton are in a class by themselves with prestige, yes. UPenn is a school much of the general public still commonly mixes up with Penn State. Visit both and see what's a better fit, yes -- but please don't pick Penn for the sake of prestige, because 1) that's a stupid way to choose a school, and 2) the difference between Penn and Vanderbilt is negligible at best.
  • PancakedPancaked Posts: 2,980Registered User Senior Member
    I don't think loving the south or country music are particularly reasons to pick Vanderbilt. Both those things exist in Nashville. Not so much on campus. You're playing into stereotypes that don't actually exist. Vanderbilt is in a bit of a bubble. It has a culture all its own.
  • timetodecide12timetodecide12 Posts: 708Registered User Member
    I agree with speechie, there is a gap in prestige between HYP and lower Ivies like Penn and Cornell. Vanderbilt is increasingly more selective than the lower-Ivies and has equally intelligent students.
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