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Academic Support

Each of Vanderbilt's four undergraduate schools has its own advising system. Students can access faculty advisers the summer prior to arriving on campus. In addition to the formal advising systems, many other resources are available to students, including tutors, walk-in advising, help desks, independent study groups, study skills and critical thinking workshops, and the Writing Studio. Pre-professional advising is available in the following areas:

Career Counseling

The Center for Student Professional Development helps students develop their professional capabilities, define their identities, and build resilience as they prepare for employment in a rapidly changing world.

The 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.

Any student—including first-year students—in any major can benefit from Center services. Students are encouraged to visit the Center during walk-in hours to get acquainted with resources and begin exploring opportunities.

An important way for students to discover and connect to internships and jobs is to participate in Center activities, including:

  • Individual career advising
  • Industry Career Days/Career Fairs
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • Campus Recruiting Events with Targeted Employers
  • Networking Events with VU Alumni

Visit the Center's website for information on activities and events, and to view walk-in times and locations.

Disability Services

Vanderbilt is committed to the provisions of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Americans with Disabilities Act. Any student with a documented disability who is seeking accommodations is encouraged to contact the Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Disability Services Department. Accommodations for the following types of disabilities are outlined on the EAD Web site:

  • Mobility impairment
  • Visual impairment
  • Deaf/Hard of hearing
  • Learning disabilities

Services include, but are not limited to:

  • Extended time for testing
  • Assistance with locating sign language interpreters
  • Textbooks on audiotape
  • Physical adaptations
  • Note takers
  • Reading services

Students who wish to receive help with personal counseling for any of the following areas should consult the Psychological and Counseling Center:

  • AD/ADHD testing
  • Time management
  • Study skills
  • Career counseling

Additional Student Resources

Libraries, Facilities & Computing

Libraries & Archives

With holdings of three million volumes, almost 30,000 journals and serials, of which some 15,000 are electronic, and three million microforms, the Jean and Alexander Heard Library includes the Central Library, Divinity Library, Peabody Library, Alyne Queener Massey Law Library, Walker Management Library, Annette and Irwin Eskind Biomedical Library, Anne Potter Wilson Music Library, Sarah Shannon Stevenson Science and Engineering Library, Special Collections and University Archives, and the Vanderbilt Television News Archive. Access to the library's catalog is available online.

The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is the largest collection of network newscasts and news specials available to the public. Individuals throughout the world may make videotape loan requests for reference, study, classroom instruction, and research. Abstracts of all network newscasts since August 5, 1968, are available online, by subscription to non-Vanderbilt users, at tvnews.vanderbilt.edu.

Computing

Vanderbilt is wired for thought. VUnet, the campus—wide data network, provides access to the Internet, World Wide Web, e-mail, networked file space and OASIS online course registration. ResNet enables a direct connection to VUnet from every Vanderbilt residence hall. Access points to the wireless LAN have been deployed in many areas throughout the campus.

Computer Labs

Some computer labs across campus are open to every student. Other labs, including those operated by the Schools of Engineering, Law and Nursing, are open only to the students of those schools. See these labs' individual Web pages for more information.