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New Students


Welcome from Interim Dean John M. Sloop

Interim Dean John M. SloopWelcome to the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt University! I am so pleased to welcome you as a member of the class of 2018, and as a student within Vanderbilt's largest and most academically diverse undergraduate school. In the years ahead, you will live and learn all over this campus: in The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt as a first-year student, and in the seminar rooms, labs, and offices of your professors, and with your fellow students in a late-night study break or a friendly game of Frisbee. Vanderbilt will provide you with a remarkable living-learning experience, and the College of Arts and Science will offer you a liberal-arts college in the heart of a major research university—truly the best of both worlds.

I ask only that you keep your mind open and your attention attuned as you undertake your liberal arts education. You will have exposure to broad and diverse perspectives in the College of Arts and Science, and these will provide crucial intellectual underpinnings for your life ahead. Independent, judicious thought—the primary goal of a liberal education in a democratic society—flows from an informed and open mind.

Over the next four years, you will be presented with many chances to shape your education. I encourage you to explore new and unfamiliar opportunities both within and outside the classroom to benefit from exposure to diverse ways of thinking and learning. You and each of your classmates in the Class of 2018 will make important contributions within your communities and the world. Those contributions will be shaped by the challenges you embrace as part of your Vanderbilt education, and by your openness to the new opportunities these challenges offer you.

Along the way, don't forget that you are a vital part of our living-learning community. All of us who study and work on this beautiful campus have committed ourselves in various ways to Vanderbilt—as an educational institution, and also quite simply as a group of people living and working together. Starting now, you will have the opportunity to explore in depth the privileges and the responsibilities that accompany your citizenship in this amazing Vanderbilt community.

Again, welcome to the College of Arts and Science! I look forward to working with you and learning from you and your classmates over the next four years, and into the future.

– John M. Sloop

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