Additional Campus Support Resources
Where to Start: Your Professors’ Office Hours
Office Hours: Connect with Your Instructors
There is no substitute for developing a strong working relationship with your instructors, we encourage all students to seek out their professors and Teaching Assistants during their office hours.
That is exactly what office hours are for: Professors hold office hours as a way to connect with students individually or in small groups is the reason professors hold office hours. Check your syllabus for the time of their weekly office hours and, of course, their office’s location. Unless they specify that an appointment is required, students are typically welcome to drop by at that time.
Departmental Help Desks
A number of departments offer drop-in learning support services such as Help Desks and Tutored Study Halls. They typically run on a generous schedule and cultivate a group study atmosphere.
On our individual Supported Subjects pages, we strive to provide up-to-date information on relevant departmental help desks and other resources.
Next Steps: The Student Care Network and Office of Student Care Coordination (OSCC)
Student Care Network
The Student Care Network provides a central hub for identifying and connecting with resources in all of the following categories: Cultural & Identity, Emotional, Financial, Intellectual, Physical, Sexual, Social, Spiritual, and Vocational.
Office of Student Care Coordination
The Office of Student Care Coordination is the central and first point of contact for students to help identify needs and determine the most appropriate resources in Vanderbilt’s Student Care Network and in the Nashville community to address concerns.
Student Care Coordinators work collaboratively with students to develop a student success plan, share education about and facilitate connections to appropriate on and off-campus resources, and provide accountability through supportive follow-up meetings.
Below we highlight a selection of additional resources within the Student Care Network.
Intellectual Support Resources
Drop-in STEM Tutoring
A separate Drop-in STEM Tutoring program open to all students in a wide variety of STEM courses in Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, and several Engineering subjects.
Contact: Assistant Dean Burgess Mitchell at email@example.com.
Center for Student Wellbeing: Academic Skills Coaching
Academic and study skills coaching is available through the Center for Student Wellbeing on topics such as time management, organization, test prep, writing papers and reports, dissertation block coaching, and handling academic-related anxiety and stress.
Support for Writing
- The Writing Studio offers writing consultation appointments open to all Vanderbilt students.
- The English Language Center offers 1-to-1 writing and speaking consultations as well as classes for non-native English speakers enrolled at Vanderbilt.
Support for Foreign Language Learning
- Foreign language tutoring services are offered by the Center for Second Language Studies (Furman 001). Visit their website for a full list of available languages and tutoring days and times.
Support for Learning Differences
- Students with learning disabilities should contact the Student Access Services Office to submit documentation and to make arrangements for academic accommodations.
- Students with possible learning disabilities should contact the University Counseling Center.
Emotional and Wellbeing Resources
- The Center for Student Wellbeing‘s mission is to create a culture that supports the personal development and academic success of students using an integrative, holistic framework. The CSW offers wellbeing, academic and peer coaching, recovery support services, meditation and yoga, skill-building workshops, substance use screenings, awareness and prevention programming, and referrals.
- The University Counseling Center is a key component of Vanderbilt’s Student Care Network. The UCC provides mental health assessment, support, and treatment for all students enrolled at Vanderbilt, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. To access UCC services, visit the Office of Student Care Coordination’s website at www.vanderbilt.edu/carecoordination or call the OSCC at 615-343-WELL (9355). For immediate urgent care support or to speak with someone at the UCC after business hours, call the UCC at 615-322-2571.
Cultural & Identity Resources
- The Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center offers programming and resources for members of the Black community at Vanderbilt.
- The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center offers numerous programs for students, both men and women, that support the empowerment of women.
- The Office of LGBTQI Life offers support and programming for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students who may be struggling with issues that affect their academic performance.
- The Office of Religious Life supports a staff of cross-faith chaplains who are available to counsel students on a wide variety of issues, including those that may affect academic performance.
The Career Center offers individual career advising as well as career assessment testing and evaluation.