I emailed to inquire as to the conservative nature of the school. Ryan Willard, Coordinator of Admissions, replied,
"As a former student here at Vanderbilt and a current employee of the school, I would say that the atmosphere is balanced. To break it down a bit; institutions of higher education typically have a leftward bent in the political spectrum. Vanderbilt, because itís in the south and a reputation for affluence, tends to get the conservative label. Perhaps in the continuum of political views, it is a little right of its counterparts, but I suspect that it places the school in a more centered position. The students who are here find it to be a place that allows for open debate. In other words, students donít feel oppressed or shunned because they lean right or left. I hope this is helpful. Do you have any other questions? I am happy to answer as candidly as possible."
Hope that helps!