Academic Advising

The College of Arts and Science has an advising center in The Commons Center, while the dean’s offices of each school coordinate the advisers for Peabody College, Blair School of Music, and the School of Engineering. In late May to early June, you will receive a registration packet with detailed instructions about the registration process and academic advising. 

For more information, see Course Registration.

Blair School of Music

Professor Amy Jarman, head of academic advising, helps students choose courses for the first semester during the summer registration period. In August, first-year students will meet with their assigned academic and studio faculty advisers. Make sure to consult the Blair Student Handbook for complete information.

College of Arts and Science Pre-major Academic Advising and Resources (CASPAR)

Located in Suite 225 of The Commons Center, CASPAR provides academic advice to students in the College of Arts and Science before they declare a major. You will begin working with your assigned pre-major adviser during the summer registration period. Your pre-major adviser will help you understand AP credit, interpret course requirements, select appropriate courses and develop a workable schedule each semester, and make long-term plans for your college career and beyond. She or he will also help you to identify campus resources that will encourage your academic success at Vanderbilt.

To familiarize yourself with the course selection process, see On the Road with AXLE.

Peabody College

Students in the Peabody College of education and human development will be advised by a full-time faculty member associated with their major. During the summer registration period, you will work with a summer adviser to choose your courses for the first semester. In many cases the faculty member you work with in the summer will become your permanent academic adviser. When you arrive in August, you will meet with your permanent academic adviser to confirm your course selections.

For initial registration advice and information for each Peabody major, go to Peabody Undergraduate Majors.

The School of Engineering

Students in the School of Engineering will have a full time faculty member as an adviser who will serve in this capacity throughout their four-year undergraduate academic career. During the summer registration period, you will work with Adam McKeever-Burgett, coordinator for academic advising, to choose your courses for the first semester. When you arrive in August, you will meet your academic adviser. 

Make sure to go to vu.edu/engineeringadvising for complete academic information and the School of Engineering First-year Registration Booklet.

Health Professions Advisory Office

Located at 1801 Edgehill Ave. in Suite 106, the HPAO offers resources to students interested in medicine (both allopathic and osteopathic), dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, podiatry, etc.

Pre-Nursing Advising

Students interested in nursing should consult Assistant Dean Jana Lauderdale at (615) 343-2228 or email jana.lauderdale@vanderbilt.edu. For more information, see our website. 

Pre-Architecture Advising

Students interested in the study of architecture should contact pre-architecture advisers Professor Kevin D. Murphy at (615) 342-3657 or Professor Vesna Pavlovic at (615) 343-7241 during the summer or email pre-architecture.advising@vanderbilt.edu

Pre-Law Advising

Students interested in the study of law should consult Department of Political Science Professor Carrie A. Russell at (615) 322-5023 or via email at carrie.russell@vanderbilt.edu

Honor Code

Each year before classes begin, all incoming students participate in the Honor Code signing ceremony, in which they sign the following pledge:

“I pledge to pursue all academic endeavors with honor and integrity. I understand
 the principles of the Honor System, and I promise to uphold these standards by adhering to the Honor Code in order to preserve the integrity of Vanderbilt University and its individual members.”

Ideally, a student’s personal integrity is presumed to be sufficient assurance that in academic matters one does one’s own work without unauthorized help from 
any other source. To preserve the integrity of the Honor Code at Vanderbilt University, the student-led Undergraduate Honor Council at Vanderbilt aims to secure justice for any student under suspicion of dishonesty, to vindicate his or her name if innocent, and, if guilty, to protect the honor and standing of the remaining students. The goal of the Honor System is to have all students leave Vanderbilt not only as graduates, but also as citizens of integrity.

Office of Student Accountability, Community Standards, & Academic Integrity

The Office of Student Accountability, Community Standards, and Academic Integrity promotes good citizenship and encourages honesty, accountability, responsibility, integrity, and respect among Vanderbilt students through education, compliance with community standards, and support of individual rights. 

This office is committed to:

  • Working collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to create an ethical and safe environment in which scholarship and academic integrity may flourish
  • Promoting good citizenship among students and administering community standards using fair, consistent, and confidential procedures
  • Disseminating and interpreting university policies and community standards to students, faculty, staff, parents, and the general community
  • Serving as a resource and information agency for students, faculty, staff, parents, and others concerning student rights and community standards
  • Guiding students toward a greater sense of personal responsibility and mature and ethical behavior that enhances the quality of the university and community environment
  • Providing educational experiences and counseling referrals to assist students in making appropriate choices concerning behavior

Students and student organizations are expected to comply with all university policies, which are derived from tradition and evolve with contemporary practice. Grounds for corrective action cannot always be the subject of precise statement; however, when commonly held standards of conduct are broken, students must be held accountable if the university community is to be sustained.

Our goal in establishing policies and holding students accountable for them is to help students understand how their choices can affect not only themselves, but also the community as a whole.

The Student Handbook

The Student Handbook acquaints you with the specifics of the standards expected of you as a member of the university community. For more information and specific Honor Code policies and procedures, see Chapter Two of the Student Handbook. The policies and regulations delineated in the handbook apply to all students enrolled at Vanderbilt.

It is your responsibility to become aware of the contents of the Student Handbook.

Ignorance of a policy or regulation will not be considered an excuse for failure to observe it.

Other Academic Resources

Undergraduate Catalog

vanderbilt.edu/catalogs/undergrad

The Undergraduate Catalog is the official publication of record for the requirements of the degree program; it includes both the course requirements and academic policies that will govern your degree. Students must meet the degree requirements stated in the catalog for the year they enter a degree program.

YES Online Student Services

yes.vanderbilt.edu

You access the registration system from the YES (Your Enrollment Services) landing page when registering for your fall classes. During the open enrollment and change periods for registration (see YES landing page for dates), you can access the registration system to make any necessary changes. Through YES, you can also: 

  • Access your academic record through the Access to Academic Information (AAI) application to view your enrollments, mid-term and final grade reports, test and transfer credit, test scores, and academic program information (major, GPA, etc.)
  • View information on your classes posted by your instructors via Blackboard, Vanderbilt’s online class management system
  • Access the Message Center to see important messages from advisers and administrators
  • Plan your academic career at Vanderbilt through the catalog planner
  • View, export, or send a copy of your schedule via email
  • Find information on textbook ordering
  • Update your address and provide your emergency contact information
  • Become involved on campus and manage your experiences outside of the classroom through the AnchorLink application
  • Learn about and connect to professional opportunities on and off campus through the Center for Student Professional Development’s DoreWays webpage
  • Access the online billing portal to view or pay your eBill, enroll in and make payments on a Vandy Plan, and set up other payers for your account
  • Check on the status of your financial aid
  • Set up an account for direct deposit of refunds
  • View the current activity on your student account
  • Evaluate your degree progress using the degree audit program
  • Order an official transcript 

 

Blackboard Course Management System

blackboard.vanderbilt.edu

Blackboard is Vanderbilt’s primary course management system, providing a core set of digital tools designed to support teaching and learning across campus. Your instructors may use Blackboard to: 

  • Share a course syllabus or schedule,
  • Provide information about assignments,
  • Link to readings and other helpful resources, and 
  • Post grades to the GradeCenter, so a student can track progress in class by clicking "My Grades."  

 

You may also be asked to use Blackboard to take tests, submit assignments, participate in online discussions, or contribute to a wiki or blog. 

To log in to Blackboard, go to blackboard.vanderbilt.edu and enter your VUnetID and e-Password. You will see a list of your current and past courses. Click on a course name to enter the site for that course. 

If you have questions about Blackboard, you are encouraged to reach out to your instructor. Blackboard support is also available by emailing blackboard@vanderbilt.edu

 Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries

The eight libraries in the Vanderbilt system offer comfortable, quiet spaces for individual study and group study rooms for working in teams. The library’s 1.5 million electronic books and over 94,000 electronic databases and e-journals address the needs of twenty-first century students and scholars. When you are unsure where to start your research or have trouble with your footnote format, ask a librarian. You can ask questions online or make a personal appointment.

With food, friendly spaces, interactive exhibits, umbrellas and laptops for borrowing, guest speakers and programs, the library is much more than books. 

The Writing Studio

(615) 343-2225 â€¢ vanderbilt.edu/writing

Trained consultants are available by appointment at the Writing Studio to talk one-to-one about your writing. You are welcome to discuss any piece of writing—from course assignments to extracurricular projects—at any stage in your writing process. Through these conversations, you can work on clarifying your ideas, strengthening your arguments, and devising strategies that you can apply to writing in many different fields and scenarios. 

The Writing Studio has two locations— 217 Commons Center and 1801 Edgehill—and is open six days a week during the daytime and evening. The Writing Studio also hosts special events and offers online resources, VUPrint, a reference library, and free coffee!

Tutoring and Help Desks

Tutoring Services

(615) 322-5218 • as.vanderbilt.edu/tutoring 

Tutoring Services (1801 Edgehill, Academic Enrichment Suite) offers free, individual, appointment-based tutoring to undergraduates in biological sciences, chemistry, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, physics and some introductory foreign language courses (up to ten sessions per course per semester). 

STEM Help Desks

(615) 343-8061 • as.vanderbilt.edu/tutoring/helpdesk

In partnership with the College of Arts and Science, the School of Engineering offers help desks in The Commons Center and in Featheringill Hall for all first-year and sophomore students in engineering, science, and mathematics courses. 

English Language Center

(615) 322-2277  • vanderbilt.edu/elc

Housed at 1208 18th Ave. South near The Ingram Commons, the ELC provides language instruction for students and scholars whose first language is not English. Courses focus on contextualizing advanced language use in the academic context of Vanderbilt University.

Courses are offered in a friendly, supportive atmosphere, and program features include:

  • One-on-one writing and speaking consultations
  • Academic speaking and pronunciation courses
  • writeELC Academy

Disability Services Program

(615) 322-4705 • vanderbilt.edu/ead

EAD’s Disability Services Program assists with providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities; ensures that Vanderbilt programs and events are accessible to the Vanderbilt community and visitors; monitors the accessibility of university and medical center buildings, consistent with the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Sections 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; investigates disability discrimination complaints; and provides training on disability-related issues. 

Decisions about reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities are made on an individual basis. Please request disability accommodations through EAD by June 30.  

Other Campus Resources

Center for Student Professional Development 

The center helps students develop their professional capabilities, define their identities, and build resilience to prepare them to engage in internships, jobs, and other opportunities. First-year students are encouraged to visit the center during walk-in hours to get acquainted with resources and begin exploring opportunities. 

The center’s staff works with undergraduates based on their interest in industry clusters (related jobs) instead of their academic majors. This approach allows students to investigate opportunities they might not otherwise consider. Visit the center’s website to view walk-in times and locations. 

An important way for students to explore and connect to internships and jobs is to attend center activities, including:

  • Individual and group coaching
  • Industry career days/career fairs
  • Professional development workshops
  • Campus recruiting events with targeted employers
  • Networking events with VU alumni

Visit the center’s website to subscribe to weekly listserv emails with information about industry-specific activities and events. 

Global Education Office (GEO)

(615) 343-3139 • vanderbilt.edu/geo

Vanderbilt encourages students from all four undergraduate schools to study abroad. The skills and perspectives you gain while abroad can help clarify your career goals and strengthen your resume, preparing you for innovative leadership in a global environment. 

The Global Education Office (GEO), located in Suite 115 of the Student Life Center, offers more than 120 direct-credit programs on 6 continents. GEO provides a variety of options to to your needs and interests, ranging from short-term programs that focus on a single subject to a full year at a partner institution. 

GEO’s wide array of study abroad programs can accommodate students in all disciplines and majors. All GEO programs offer direct Vanderbilt credit, so your coursework will count toward your GPA. Your financial aid is available to you during the semester, and GEO administers scholarship programs for summer study. We recommend that you begin planning in your first year to ensure that a term abroad will fit into your course of study.

To help with your planning, GEO sponsors a Study Abroad Fair each semester. You can attend Study Abroad 101—a short informational session, held twice weekly, which provides an overview of the application process. GEO’s study abroad advisors and student peer advisors are also excellent resources to help you design your study abroad experience.

Check out the GEO website for information on our programs or to connect with an advisor. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates on events, application deadlines, and programs. 

Undergraduate Research

This website is your information portal for all things research. Vanderbilt offers research opportunities throughout the academic year as well as during the summer. The site provides tips on how to get started and lists opportunities by discipline. 

Office of Honor Scholarships

(615) 322-6329 • ohs.vanderbilt.edu

Housed next to The Ingram Commons at 1801 Edgehill, OHS supports Vanderbilt students who have the potential to be competitive for national scholarships that support study, teaching, and research abroad. For more information, contact Lyn Fulton-John at ohs@vanderbilt.edu

Computer Labs

Most computer labs are open to all students, including labs in Garland Hall, Hobbs Lab, Stevenson Center, Wilson Hall, Wyatt Center, and the Peabody Library. There are also many computer kiosks located conveniently around campus, including in The Commons Center. Computers are available in all Vanderbilt libraries, and several of the libraries offer laptops and iPads for checkout. Hours of operation and available software vary by location.

Tech Hub

(615) 343-9999 • it.vanderbilt.edu/techhub

Staffed by skilled Vanderbilt students, the Tech Hub provides technology assistance to students, faculty, and staff. Technical teams can assist with email, VUnetID and ePassword, virus and malware removal, network connectivity, and more. There are walk-up locations in the Hill Center (next to The Commons Center) and Heard Central Library.