It all depends. I have a friend at Georgetown, and the guy hates it. His 1L section were all a-holes that stabbed each other in the back. They would sabotague interviews and lie about exam times. He witnessed a couple fistfights between students because of all this BS.Then again when he talked to people in other sections, they were all friends and having a ton of fun. Just the luck of the draw.
I was waiting for this part.
Vandy has a positive reputation. They have a Dean's List but no class rankings, so that probably helps. No one hiding stuff or anything. I know several people who go/went there, and they don't have anything bad to say. I sat in on a class and the prof called on students, which seemed to help a lot with the gunners. The students seem laid back and really nice. cutcut - Do you fence?
I can't give specifics, but as someone from the SF area, I can tell you that Hasting's reputation in this regard is true.