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"Vanderbilt is about striving for excellence. Diversity of backgrounds, ideas and approaches helps us get there." Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos

Vanderbilt celebrates a rich diversity of thought and identity. We believe a residential community provides the opportunity for a well-rounded academic and social experience. Our students, faculty, staff, programming, and community initiatives all demonstrate Vanderbilt's commitment to diversity. We strive each year to recruit a highly qualified first-year class from a variety of populations.

Dr. Douglas Christiansen, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Dean of Admissions, says "We recognize that top students can be found among all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups, and our recruiters work hard to identify them and to make them aware of the opportunities available to Vanderbilt students."

Diversity is nothing new to Vanderbilt, a school that opened its doors in 1875 to men and women, fielded the first black athelete in the SEC, and whose students created Alternative Spring Break and Project Head Start. Use the following links to see how we reach out to our community and beyond through extraordinary programs such as Project Dialogue, where we focus on societal issues with the help of guests that have included Naomi Wolf, Oliver Sacks, Al Franken, John Ashcroft, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

  • Racial, Cultural and Ethnic

    Office of Leadership Development and Intercultural Affairs provides programming, advocacy, and advising to stimulate collaboration between the diverse populations of our university.

    International Student and Scholar Services fosters the education and development of non–immigrant students and scholars to enable them to achieve their academic and professional goals and objectives. ISSS provides advice, counseling, and advocacy regarding immigration, cross–cultural, and personal matters.

    Office of Arts and Creative Engagement coordinates performing arts opportunities for students outside the Blair School of Music, including, but not limited to, Rhythm and Roots Performance Company and the Vanderbilt Dance Program.

    Clubs and Organizations
    Take a look at the 510+ student organizations that Vanderbilt students can join.

    Other Resources

    Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center offers symposia, lectures, musical performances, art exhibitions, publications, and a broad spectrum of activities on the African and African American experience.

    Asian Studies Program
    The popular program offers courses that cover topics related to East Asia (mainly China and Japan) in art, history, languages, and religion to promote better understanding of the regions.

    Program in African American and Diaspora Studies
    The Program in African American and Diaspora Studies (PAADS) offers an interdisciplinary, cross–cultural, and comparative study of the histories, literature, music, visual cultures, and politics of people of African descent around the world.

    Step Show
    Historically multicultural Greek organizations in collaboration with the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils come together through choreography, rhythm, and style for this remarkable annual event.

    Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Series
    Noted scholars, political, civil rights and religious leaders, entertainers and artists, and those who knew and worked with Dr. King join us each January to remember Dr. King's historic achievements and appreciate his enduring influence.

  • Religious and Spiritual

    Student religious organizations are open to the entire Vanderbilt community, offering an array of programs such as Bible study groups, retreats, and social activities. View a complete list of these organizations.

    The Office of Religious Life functions in an educational capacity for all students and groups, not only those who are traditionally religious, by raising ethical questions and issues of value and character among the student body.

    Schulman Center for Jewish Life houses Grins Kosher Vegetarian Cafe and a large lounge for relaxing, socializing, and enjoying most Hillel dinners, social gatherings and informal discussions. This large multipurpose space doubles as a sanctuary and venue for plays, lectures, movie screenings, and concerts. The Schulman Center also houses a library containing hundreds of donated books on Jewish topics.

    Other Resources

    Department of Religious Studies
    Here students explore religion’s impact on societies around the world, become familiar with the diversity of religious expressions, and develop a better understanding of how religion shapes thoughts, lives, and values.

    Jewish Studies Program
    Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt offers an interdisciplinary academic program that explores Jewish history, religion, language, philosophy, politics, culture, society, music, art and literature across continents.

    Divinity School
    This renowned graduate program offers a theological education that examines all religious traditions and our own cultural heritages through a host of classroom and extracurricular programs.

    Holocaust Lecture Series
    The longest continuous Holocaust Lecture Series at any American university examines ourselves and our society in the wake of the Holocaust by bringing such notable figures as Elie Wiesel, Simon Wiesenthal, and many others, to address themes from ethics, resistance, and law to gender, art, and memory.

  • Gender and Sexuality

    Vanderbilt University is committed to maintaining a safe, supportive, and enriching environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students and to responding to the needs of those members of our community with support, services, advocacy, and education.

    The Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Life serves the entire Vanderbilt community through education, research, programming, counseling and social events. Visitors are invited to use the Office's resource library to research GLBT issues.

    Other Resources

    The Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center advances equity at Vanderbilt, and in the larger community, through advocacy, education, and empowerment. The Women’s Center, named in honor of Margaret Cuninggim, who was the last person to serve as Dean of Women at Vanderbilt and the first woman to serve as Dean of Students, promotes the creation of an equitable environment to enhance the personal and professional development of students, faculty, and staff.

    Programs and services through the Women’s Center are open to students, faculty and staff, as well as interested members of the local community.

    An articulate proponent of equality of the sexes, Dean Cuninggim encouraged undergraduate women to envision their futures as productive participants in every occupation.

    Vanderbilt Lambda was created to serve the needs of gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and staff. Members participate in social, political, educational, and support activities throughout the school year.

  • Geographic

    Undergraduate Enrollment Map 2012
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    Vanderbilt's International Reach
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  • Academic

    Four of the ten Vanderbilt schools and colleges are devoted to undergraduate education. With so many academic choices and the Vanderbilt Medical Center on campus, the opportunities are endless.

    Undergraduate Schools

    The College of Arts and Science (A&S) is known for the range of its academic offerings, for the quality of its faculty, and for the intelligence, curiosity, and dedication of its students.

    Blair School of Music is where the study of music is as much a human endeavor as a performing art.

    Peabody College of Education and Human Development emphasizes experiential learning through practica and internships, opportunities for research (including research by undergraduates), and community service.

    The School of Engineering offers the depth and breadth in engineering education and research that allow new breakthroughs to be made.

    Graduate Schools

    The Divinity School's renowned graduate program examines all religious traditions and cultural heritages through a host of classroom and extracurricular programs.

    Our Graduate School has granted almost 18,000 students degrees in nearly 70 fields and specialties, including the recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, Muhammad Yunus, Ph.D. (Economics 1971).

    The Law School connects outstanding theoretical training to real–world experiences for all graduates.

    The School of Medicine provides students with an understanding of the basic and clinical sciences that is respected and recognized around the world.

    The School of Nursing trains students to balance their understanding of theory and research with their patients' and communities' needs.

    Owen Graduate School of Management is where you go to be challenged by a faculty that will do everything in their power to help you achieve your professional goals.