I'm thinking about applying to either Vanderbilt or Emory. It seems like these two schools are similar in location and prestige. My parents think I should apply to Emory because it's near a big city, which would provide more opportunities and fuel ambition, and being in-state would give me some scholarship. I prefer Vanderbilt because it's more homogenous, and I don't want to go to the same school as my brother, even if the chances of us running into each other are slim. Admittedly my reasons are pretty weak right now.. so can anybody convince me why I should choose Vanderbilt over Emory (so I can convince my parents to take me to Pre-vu)?
yeah, vandy has an athletic program while emory doesn't. really, my reasons for going to vandy was (yes, only one reason) that they have an engineering program while emory doesn't. Both are great schools. I'm also not sure how much scholarship you will get for being in-state(proabably some), but private schools normally don't give gifts for in or out of state. talk to me if you have questions. I'm a freshman at vandy now.
I have a friend whose son went to Vandy and whose daughter went to Emory. While both are great schools, my friend definitely feels like Vandy faculty was more involved and responsive to the students than at Emory. She had rave reviews about her son's experience at Vanderbilt. Personally, I think Vanderbilt has a slightly better standing and reputation, but of course that doesn't mean much. You have to pick the school you really like. By the way, Nashville is a great town, and there is so much to do just outside the campus wall.
there is ALWAYS something to do at vandy. for instance, last night i went to an all-american rejects concert (for free) on campus, went to the soccer game, saw a movie (for only $3) and had ice cream with friends before coming back to my dorm to hang out with my floormates. all of this was on campus. then today i went to the "big-ass tailgate" then to the football game and then did random stuff. i don't know what Emory is like, but it's hard to believe that there could be more stuff to do.
I had the exact same problem last year when I was deciding. I picked Vandy over Emory because IMO
1. I heard Vandy professors were very friendly and helpful. (so far, very true)
2. Better Fin Aid
3. Vanderbilt is a progressive college.
4. I didn't like the fact that Coca-Cola is the basis of Emory and that Emory has gained its prestige only recently.
4. Vanderbilt is a NCAA Div I. A lot more school spirit than Emory.