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When Art + Science Come Together, Anything Is Possible

The undergraduate experience at the College of Arts and Science is exactly what college should be: an intellectual environment where you can explore everything you’re curious about, interested in, and fascinated by—at the heart of a world-class residential university. The urge to cross boundaries and forge connections is at our core. And more often than not, we find that those intersections create something far greater than the sum of their parts.

With 35 departments, close to 70 unique areas of study, and more than 600 course offerings, the college provides countless chances to develop deep knowledge and expertise within a given discipline, plus the breadth of exposure to different fields and modes of inquiry you need to put that expertise to work in new, exciting and impactful ways.

Whatever path you take through the College of Arts and Science, you’ll work with faculty who bring this place to life—true teachers and scholars who are as devoted to their work in the classroom as they are to their research. Through time well spent here, you’ll gain perspectives, build capacities, and develop the multifaceted skills you need for any career path. Your arts and science education will help you realize your individual potential, so that together we can solve the world’s greatest challenges.

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Support and Resources

Professional Development

The Vanderbilt Career Center offers workshops, mock interviews, and one-on-one career advising that will help you prepare for all aspects of your future, including securing jobs and internships, exploring graduate and professional study, and applying for prestigious scholarships and fellowships.

Internships play a pivotal role in today’s competitive job market. Through the Career Center, students have access to a variety of tools to engage in internships and postgraduate employment. Resources range from a custom internal database, a job board, and industry-specific job fairs, to the Vanderbilt alumni network and focused listservs.

Advising

Faculty advisers take an active interest in guiding undergraduate students. Before you even arrive at Vanderbilt, you will be assigned a dedicated pre-major adviser who will help you define your academic interests and meet your academic goals. Once you declare a major, you’ll choose a department adviser with whom you’ll work until you graduate. We also support students interested in pre-professional tracks, such as pre-med and pre-law.

Tutoring

Many students rely on Vanderbilt’s robust tutoring services to keep up with their course work, or just to get ahead. The free services are offered one-on-one, in pairs, or as group study. The talented staff of tutors are undergraduate or graduate students who have achieved a certain level of academic success and are committed to helping their fellow students do the same.

Writing Studio

Vanderbilt's Writing Studio offers an opportunity to receive constructive feedback from trained consultants and to develop strategies for all stages of the writing process. In addition to free, one-on-one meetings, the Writing Studio offers a wide range of online resources to help improve students' writing.

  • $42.7

    Million in external research awards (FY 2021)

  • 8:1

    Student-to-faculty ratio

  • 42%

    of undergraduates double major