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Pre-Major Advising

Before You Arrive on Campus in the Fall of your First Year

New Students Website As soon as you are admitted to Vanderbilt, you can access information and materials at the new student webpage located at: Here, you will find information about the specific requirements for registering for your first year of study, and describing the Arts and Science undergraduate curriculum, AXLE. Important dates for advising and registration are highlighted, and detailed instructions for fall registration are published. For your convenience, most of the hard copy registration materials that will be mailed to you prior to your arrival on campus are accessible as PDFs through this site. Also available here are links to the schedule of courses, a campus map, and the online catalog of Vanderbilt University.

Telephone Advising As a new student, you will receive by mail from the Office of Academic Services for the College of Arts and Science a packet that provides information about how to contact your pre-major adviser, and how to plan for your telephone advising session. Pre-major advisers are faculty in the College of Arts and Science who are prepared to help you plan your course schedule for your first semester. (The advising center is the College of Arts and Science Pre-major Academic Advising Resources Center, or CASPAR.)

You can reach your adviser via a toll-free telephone number; telephone advising for your first semester is available from the end of May through the end of June, and again from mid-July to early August.


When You Arrive on Campus in the Fall of Your First Year

Your CASPAR adviser will counsel you until you choose a major, which you will do during your third or fourth semester at Vanderbilt. Students are encouraged to see their advisers at any time, but you must see your adviser at least three times after summer telephone advising: in a group meeting during orientation the week that classes begin, during registration for the spring semester of your first year, and during registration for the fall semester of your second year.

For more information, please visit the College of Arts and Science Pre-major Academic Advising Resources Center website.