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Prospective Students

Are you up for the challenge?

We live in a fast-paced world that requires a society and workforce with strong science and technology backgrounds. The School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt (the SSMV) seeks highly-competent and motivated Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) high school students who are passionate about science and math, ready to apply themselves as today’s problem solvers, and interested in becoming tomorrow’s leaders. The SSMV will prepare students to successfully engage in college studies at an accelerated rate, promote pursuit of graduate, postgraduate and professional study, and provide the strong foundation crucial for career success. This unique program is limited to 26 students per grade, and only those attending an MNPS school are eligible. To ensure every qualified student who is chosen can participate, there is no charge for the program.

Beyond the fast-paced and exciting curriculum, a student at the School for Science and Math:

  • will commit to the program for the entire four years including academic year and summer courses;
  • will attend the SSMV on Vanderbilt’s campus one full day per week in 9th and 10th grade
  • will attend* SSMV classes and work in an assigned laboratory on Vanderbilt’s campus to fulfill 11th and 12th grade requirements;
  • must make up all work missed at their zoned (regular) school;
  • must maintain excellent standing in both the SSMV and their zoned school.

*Transportation – Students typically arrange for their own transportation to campus or ride the MTA bus. Click here – – and enter 1930 South Drive, Nashville as the destination to find an MTA bus route to the SSMV. If transportation is a major challenge for you, PLEASE APPLY ANYWAY and let us know. We are working with MNPS to find solutions to transportation needs.

Are you interested? You’re in the right place!

Find out more in this section of our website:

  • See some of what you’ll do here at the SSMV on our Curriculum Information pages;
  • Our Facebook Page highlights special events and trips our students take;
  • And find out everything about applying to the SSMV on our Application InformationApplication Calendar, and  Application FAQs  pages;
  • Sign up to receive email updates and reminders about admissions dates;
  • When you are ready, click Apply Now!

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