Message from the Dean

Dean DeverThe College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt University is a highly selective liberal arts college at the heart of a major research university.  It seeks to attract a diverse student body of high promise and ability from throughout the United States and the international community. Its mission is to engage in significant and innovative research, scholarship, and creative expression in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, to offer distinguished, well-taught programs of undergraduate and graduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, and to foster service to society overall.

Your gift to the College of Arts and Science supports these goals by:

  • leveling the playing field for students from all backgrounds by providing grants and scholarships to replace loans.  Through Opportunity Vanderbilt, we are committed to replacing need-based loans with grants and scholarships.
  • recruiting and retaining top faculty.  This fall, we hired 13 new faculty who are leaders in their fields and outstanding teachers who join our award-winning faculty in broadening and deepening our curriculum.
  • expanding research and facilities that allow us to teach and discover new knowledge.  We just celebrated the reopening of the renovated Cohen Memorial Hall, a neoclassic gem now home to the Classical Studies and History of Art departments.  The Commons residential college now offers CASPAR, our new undergraduate pre-major academic advising resource center.

The generosity of alumni, parents and friends has made the extraordinary Vanderbilt experience possible.  Every gift—in every amount—enables us to fulfill our mission of teaching students, advancing knowledge, and serving society.  Thank you for your continued support of the College of Arts and Science.


Carolyn Dever
Dean, College of Arts and Science