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College of Arts and Science

The College of Arts and Science’s undergraduate students come from the 50 states and many foreign countries, and are almost evenly divided between men and women. There are approximately 4,200 Arts and Science undergraduates. In 2012/13, Economics had the most majors, followed by Medicine, Health, and Society, Political Science, Neuroscience, Psychology, English, and Mathematics.

Graduate students who study in the College of Arts and Science actually are enrolled in the Graduate School, rather than being enrolled directly in A&S. Annual enrollment of graduate students generally ranges from 850 to 900. Many graduate students, particularly in the natural sciences, are funded by grants, and availability of funds is one factor that affects the number of graduate students enrolled.

A&S has approximately 370 tenured or tenure-track professors who supplement their achievements in the classroom with significant research, writing, and creative production. Approximately ninety of these professors hold distinguished or other named professorships. Many faculty members hold awards for their scholarship and have been elected to high offices in professional associations. Over the course of an academic year, A&S also appoints approximately 200 non-tenured full-time lecturers and other faculty who are heavily involved in teaching and research, as well as part-time non-tenured faculty who may teach one or two courses in which they have particular expertise.

Between 250 and 300 staff members work in A&S. Because many staff positions are funded by grants, contracts, and faculty members’ research funds, the number can vary based on the availability of funds outside the basic Arts and Science operating budget. Staff support the mission of A&S in both administrative and research roles.

The College of Arts and Science occupies nearly 1.1 million square feet in 23 buildings, located across the campus.


The Mission Statement of the College of Arts and Science

The College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt University is a highly selective liberal arts college at the heart of a major research university. It seeks to attract a diverse student body of high promise and ability from throughout the United States and the international community. Its mission is to engage in significant and innovative research, scholarship, and creative expression in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, to offer distinguished, well-taught programs of undergraduate and graduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, and to foster service to society overall.