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Vanderbilt (Full-Tuition) vs. Northwestern?

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Replies to: Vanderbilt (Full-Tuition) vs. Northwestern?

  • COLLWGE1227COLLWGE1227 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Good morning! Thank you all for your responses! She said that your insight has truly been so helpful as she makes her decision:) Can any parents who have sent kids to Vandy talk a little bit about the safety of the campus? I’ve seen some stories/rankings online about safety that made me a little worried about it.

    Anyone else with thoughts about the decision feel free to comment as well!
  • srk2017srk2017 Registered User Posts: 2,235 Senior Member
    @COLLWGE1227 - I sent you a PM. we were in same situation last year, Vandy with CV vs U Penn with summer research scholarship and went with Vandy and 100% satisfied.
  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 Registered User Posts: 6,305 Senior Member
    @COLLWGE1227, I don't have a collegekid at Vandy, but know (and have known over the past 5 years or so), quite a few students there (relations, kids of friends). They feel that personal safety is no more of an issue at Vandy than most college campuses. None of them have had issues, or had close friends with issues. Interestingly, of the ones that I asked, the daughters all cited a particular incident that they had heard of, but were not involved with.

    For most girls at college the biggest risk is not strangers, but guy students (who pretty much never think of themselves as bad guys!). In some ways that makes it harder for girls to get their head around, b/c there of the implicit trust of a fellow student. There are a lot of conversations to be had there before she goes to college- no matter where she goes. And no matter how savvy she thinks she is. When the swoon-worthy student in your study group drops by your dorm room to talk about a class project, it's hard to believe that their understanding of the relationship could be that different than yours- or how badly it can end (recent experience of a friend's daughter at a different university).
  • jym626jym626 Registered User Posts: 57,406 Senior Member
    My soon-to-be DIL did an internship in Evanston last year. There are areas that are "sketchy" for lack of a better word. Several schools have surrounding areas where one should be careful of their surroundings, but this thread is about Vandy and Northwestern. Please start another thread to talk about off-topic issues.
  • coolguy40coolguy40 Registered User Posts: 1,932 Senior Member
    edited May 2018
    Prestige is an irrational emotion that drives people to do crazy things...like spend $250k on a bachelors degree. Unless she's coming out of that school with a medical degree in the next 4 years, it would be just plain nuts to drop that kind of money on a bachelors, especially when she's getting a top college for free. That sounds like a no-brainer.
  • hawkbirdhawkbird Registered User Posts: 102 Junior Member
    My daughter and son have both graduated from Vandy. They loved their time there! My daughter never felt unsafe on campus or nearby. However as with any campus she knew she had to use good sense, not travel alone at night, etc. Vanderbilt has the Vandy Vans which run late at night and you can always request an escort.
    Safety on any campus should not be taken lightly no matter where she goes.
  • dadofddadofd Registered User Posts: 149 Junior Member
    Not much difference, so go to Vandy with significant scholarship for sure.
  • sevmomsevmom Registered User Posts: 8,335 Senior Member
    Your daughter must have had to actively apply for this major scholarship , got it, and yet may turn it down for a comparable school . And she "loves both schools." I do think we're still missing a piece of the puzzle here.
  • sevmomsevmom Registered User Posts: 8,335 Senior Member
    Great decision! Thanks for letting us know . Hope she (and you) enjoy Vanderbilt and Nashville!
  • privatebankerprivatebanker Registered User Posts: 4,993 Senior Member
    Nice! Congrats!
  • VAMom23VAMom23 Registered User Posts: 451 Member
    Congrats on the decision. Its easy for strangers to judge last minute indecision, but absolutely normal to feel torn between two schools. Best wishes for a wonderful undergrad and successful medical career.
  • hawkbirdhawkbird Registered User Posts: 102 Junior Member
    Congrats and welcome to the Commodore family!
  • jym626jym626 Registered User Posts: 57,406 Senior Member
    Congrats on the scholarship and the selection!
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