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Why Give

The College of Arts and Science is a place of discovery, exploration, and the creation of knowledge—a place where students and faculty work together to find solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. We need your help to continue this work.

Through your gift, whatever the size, you empower us to achieve our mission. Your support allows us to recruit the best and brightest faculty; modernize our buildings and labs; support immersive, boundary-breaking experiences for students; and fund world-changing research. Explore the various ways in which you can give and join the community of alumni and friends who are making a difference in our future.



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"I come from a family who believes very strongly in education. My father was a first-generation college student—his father was a gas station attendant and a janitor. I give back because Vanderbilt also understands the power of education. I’ve always been a proud graduate, but Vanderbilt’s commitment to access makes me even prouder to be a Commodore."

-Brettany ShannonBA’98


"Because Vanderbilt has done so much for me and my family, I want to do my part to make Arts and Science even better. For me, it’s all about equity, and how philanthropy can help ensure all students, regardless of their financial means, have the opportunity to be exposed to new experiences and people, just like I have."

-Owen Brody, Class of 2021

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