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
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 J. Cyrus
Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education
Professor of Musicology and Affiliated Faculty in Women's and Gender
Blair School of Music academic advice
College of Arts and Science resources for
College of Arts and Science's Pre-major Academic
Advising Resource Center
Peabody College academic advising
School of Engineering academic advising
College of Arts and
(615) 322-5218, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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.
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
Deadline for Commodore Card photo to be uploaded
Deadline to submit Housing requests for special consideration
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.
The Road to Vanderbilt
The Ingram Commons
Common Place Class of 2016
Parents and Family Programs
Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity
(615) 322-7868, email@example.com
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
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.
(615) 322-2750, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
The Office of Honor Scholarships provides information, outreach and support
to students who have the potential to become candidates for nationally
Jean and Alexander Heard Library
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, email@example.com
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Learn more about opportunities for undergraduates to work with faculty on
existing research projects and to develop their own research ideas.
Community leadership and intercultural programs and
- Leadership Development and Intercultural Affairs
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
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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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