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Academic Resources


Where does my student register for classes?

YES (Your Enrollment Services) is the online student access to services including the student registration system. Students can register for classes, make any needed schedule changes (drop/add), view their grades and academic records, update addresses, request official transcripts, and check their degree audit reports.

What is FERPA and how does it affect me as a parent?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects your college student’s privacy and grants him/her exclusive rights to view and share personal education records such as grades, transcripts, disciplinary records, contact information, and class schedules. Under the law, colleges and universities may not disclose education records to anyone other than the student without the student’s consent.

Will I receive a copy of my student’s grades?

Viewing grades: Federal law makes the distribution of a matriculated student’s records to anyone other than the recipient illegal. Vanderbilt fully complies with this federal law known as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (also referred to as the Buckley Amendment or FERPA), which protects students’ records.

Students may view their grades online by logging into the YES system. Vanderbilt does not grant electronic access for parents to view students’ grades via the YES system at this time.

Is there help for my student if they are having trouble with their classes?

Encourage your student to meet with his or her professor at the first sign of trouble. Students should take initiative early and not wait until the last minute to seek assistance; if students wait until the end of the semester, many services may already be booked up. Below are some campus resources to enhance a student’s academic performance.

Tutoring Services

230 Appleton Pl

(615) 343-2225 or

Tutoring Services offers free, individual, appointment-based tutoring to
all Vanderbilt undergraduates for introductory classes in the following
departments: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics,
Neuroscience, Physics, and select Foreign Languages. A number of
departments also offer drop-in learning support services such as Help
Desks and Tutored Study Halls.

The Writing Studio

1801 Edgehill Avenue, Suite 112 (Satellite Location: Commons Center 217)

 (615) 343-2225,

The Writing Studio is a free and confidential writing resource for all
Vanderbilt students. Writing consultants work with students on any piece
of writing, from course assignments to extracurricular projects.

Center for Student Wellbeing (CSW)

1211 Stevenson Center Lane

(615) 322-0480,

The CSW offers various types of support to help students succeed
academically. Students may seek one-on-one appointments, or participate
in workshops. Walk-in hours are also offered to briefly address concerns
and determine a plan for follow-up.
The services are designed to assist students in developing and
enhancing academic skills in response to their new environment and the
opportunities and challenges that it can present.

Topics of interest to your student may include:
• Comprehension and retention
• Test preparation and test taking skills
• Note taking
• Writing papers and reports
• Memory strategies
• Time management and organizational/study skills
• Stress and anxiety due to academic issues

Vanderbilt Libraries 

The modern academic library is more than a building filled with books. It is a gateway to millions of electronic books and scholarly journals, to librarians and archivists with research and technology expertise, and to repositories of artwork, manuscripts, archives and rare books that inspire discovery and insight.  Library spaces across campus offer quiet individual study spaces, technology-enhanced group study, and instructional rooms, as well as learning commons, exhibition galleries, and cafes.

Immersion Vanderbilt

Through Immersion Vanderbilt, students transform ideas into action, explore their passions, and make a difference in the world through their Immersion Vanderbilt experience. Students first meet with an Immersion Vanderbilt adviser, then complete a mentored immersive experience, and finally complete a final culminating piece under the guidance of a Vanderbilt faculty mentor. First-year students can explore Immersion Vanderbilt and consider it in the context of the other decisions they will make in their sophomore year, such as declaring their major and pursuing leadership opportunities in campus organizations. All students must submit an experience declaration by April 1 of their sophomore year and will complete their final culminating piece no later than their last semester on campus. Students may certainly finish Immersion Vanderbilt before then, too. Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Immersion Resources anytime with questions.