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Parent PreVU -- Especially for parents of incoming first-year students


   JUNE 2012

The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons

Parents & Family Programs



Academics at Vanderbilt

Dear parents and families of incoming students:

You already know of the vibrant academic climate here at Vanderbilt and should by now be familiar with the supportive and enriching environment provided by The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons. New students have many opportunities to learn and flourish as campus scholars and leaders. Through our classes and the array of campus programs we offer, we hope to challenge your sons and daughters to think deeply and develop the skills that will facilitate their future contributions to humankind and the world around us.

To accommodate the many things they want to accomplish in their four years at Vanderbilt, students typically find that they have to study harder and more wisely than they did in high school. There are a host of resources here on campus that are designed to support our undergraduate students in making that transition. Most important among these is their relationship with their academic advisers, supported by the school registrars and (at times) the school associate deans. (The organization of advising varies across the undergraduate schools at Vanderbilt; you can find specific information on the school homepages.) These advising teams look after the academic well-being of the students by encouraging their aspirations and helping them plan for opportunities such as study abroad, internships and upper-level honors work. The teams also can help troubleshoot difficult or unusual situations.

By now your student should have worked with an academic adviser to register (or be in the final stages of registering) for fall classes. Depending on the school, the identity of the adviser may change after your student's arrival on campus in August and/or when academic major(s) are declared. The academic adviser should remain an important source of information, guidance and advice throughout your student's undergraduate career at Vanderbilt. Faculty and teaching assistants also play formative roles in shaping your child's college experiences. Classroom instructors often become mentors over and above the official faculty role.

In addition to the primary advising team, several campus offices are devoted to academic support that falls outside formal classroom endeavors. Tutoring services, the Writing Studio, reading and study skills coaching, and library services enhance academic skill-building and can have a direct impact on student performance. The broader opportunities of a collegiate experience— study abroad, internships and career exploration, service learning and undergraduate research opportunities—add to the rich array of choices students face in building a personalized campus profile. Your student can get started by having conversations with his or her adviser, and with the folks in the offices listed below.Cynthia Cyrus

Cynthia J. Cyrus
Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education
Professor of Musicology and Affiliated Faculty in Women's and Gender Studies



Academic resources

Dean's office contacts

Blair School of Music: (615) 322-7651
College of Arts and Science: (615) 322-2844
Peabody College: (615) 322-8264
School of Engineering: (615) 343-3773

Advising information

Blair School of Music academic advice
College of Arts and Science resources for undergraduates
College of Arts and Science's Pre-major Academic Advising Resource Center
Peabody College academic advising
School of Engineering academic advising

Other resources

College of Arts and Science tutoring
(615) 322-5218,
A&S Tutoring offers free, individual, appointment-based tutoring to all undergraduates for introductory classes in the following: biological sciences, chemistry, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, physics and most of the foreign languages. Help desks are offered by various departments; their schedules are posted on the A&S Tutoring website.

School of Engineering tutoring
(615) 322-2762
The Tennessee Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation arranges free drop-in tutoring sessions. The School of Engineering also partners with the College of Arts and Science to offer help desks for all students in engineering, science and mathematics.

The Writing Studio
(615) 343-2225
The Writing Studio is a free and confidential writing resource for students. Writing consultants work with students on any piece of writing, from assignments to extracurricular projects.

Psychological and Counseling Center
(615) 322-2571
A study skills consultation at the Psychological and Counseling Center is designed to assist students in improving their reading and study techniques on a developmental, rather than a remedial, basis. The topics include improving reading speed, comprehension and retention, test preparation and test-taking skills, and note-taking.

Upcoming dates and deadlines

June 22
Deadline for Commodore Card photo to be uploaded

June 30
Deadline to submit Housing requests for special consideration

July 1
Deadline to submit Student Health forms

Please note the following date correction for the Road to Vanderbilt checklist—the deadline for payment of fall tuition, fees and other charges is August 15, not August 16.

Important links

The Road to Vanderbilt

The Ingram Commons

Common Place Class of 2016

Parents and Family Programs



Commodore Card

Student Health

Student Accounts

"like" us on Facebook



Ancillary academic resources

Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity
(615) 322-7868,
The Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity promotes good citizenship within the Vanderbilt community through education. The student conduct system addresses student violations of university policy through fair, consistent and confidential procedures.

Disability Services Program
(615) 322-4705
The Disability Services Program is committed to providing equal access and a friendly environment for all who study at Vanderbilt. If you believe resources may be necessary for your student, please contact Disability Services prior to arrival in August.

Career Center
(615) 322-2750,
The Career Center helps connect undergraduate students to internships and first-time opportunities through partnerships with alumni, parents and targeted employers. Students may engage in career assessments, resume writing, networking, interviewing and job search strategies offered individually, in group sessions and through the Web.

Global Education Office
GEO(615) 343-3139,
The Global Education Office oversees a diverse portfolio of yearlong, semester, Maymester and summer credit-bearing study abroad programs for students. More than 100 study abroad opportunities are available in 31 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East to qualified undergraduates from all academic disciplines.

Office of Honor Scholarships
(615) 322-6329
The Office of Honor Scholarships provides information, outreach and support to students who have the potential to become candidates for nationally competitive fellowships.

Jean and Alexander Heard Library
(615) 322-7100
The Jean and Alexander Heard Library, comprising nine divisional libraries across campus, is home to 3.5 million volumes. Read more about the various libraries, their contact information and hours of operation.

Information Technology Services
(615) 343-9999,

Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Learn more about opportunities for undergraduates to work with faculty on existing research projects and to develop their own research ideas.



Co-curricular Programs

Community leadership and intercultural programs and services

  • Leadership Development and Intercultural Affairs
    (615) 343-6200
    The Office of Leadership Development and Intercultural Affairs prepares students to become culturally and civically proficient leaders in an increasingly diverse world.
  • Active Citizenship and Service
    (615) 343-7878
    The Office of Active Citizenship and Service empowers students and their service organizations to become involved in the community through volunteerism, issue awareness, education, advocacy and activism. A growing number of experiential learning opportunities are available locally, nationally and globally.
  • Arts and Creative Engagement
    (615) 322-6400
    The Student Arts Programs empower students to grow and learn through the arts via a variety of cultural experiences.
  • International Student and Scholar Services
    (615) 322-2753,
    International Student and Scholar Services fosters the education and development of nonimmigrant students and scholars to enable them to achieve their academic and professional goals.


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Parent Helpline: (877) 887-2736

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