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4 Things You Need to Know About the School of Engineering

Posted by on Friday, March 21, 2014 in Academic Life.

This post is the first in a series looking at 4 important things you absolutely must know about each of Vanderbilt’s 4 schools.

Vanderbilt University School of Engineering is a place where students can strengthen their creative thinking and problem solving skills in the rich context of a top-university community. You probably already know that Vanderbilt is a Top 20 school and that the engineering program is elite.  Today we take a look at some of the factors that set VU engineering apart.

  • 73% of students typically have at least one internship experience during their time at Vanderbilt. Through resources like the Center for Student Professional Development, Vanderbilt students secure internships which teach valuable real-world lessons. In addition, undergraduates have opportunities to participate in research in faculty labs or through the university-wide summer research program (VUSRP). Here’s Nathan Hall, a current senior, discussing his research experience at Vanderbilt:
    “I assist with two separate projects, both of which involve the development of wirelessly operated robotic surgical capsules for use in endoscopies. I got involved in this research after my adviser suggested that I contact the professor who runs this lab.”
  • 31% of engineering undergraduates are female – nearly twice the national average of 18%. You can learn more about the student body makeup of the School of Engineering from their Fact Sheet page
  • 20% of the School of Engineering Class of 2013 studied abroad at more than 40 programs in 19 countries. Just because you’re interested in engineering doesn’t mean you aren’t  interested in the wider world. At Vanderbilt you have the ability to study abroad even while taking a rigorous engineering curriculum.
VUSE Study Abroad Destinations
  • 90% of engineering students entering the workforce have a job within six months of graduation. This stat may not be on your radar now, but it’s an important consideration nonetheless. I predict that in four years you’ll be glad you gave this some thought.  

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