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College of Arts and Science

Located at the heart of the scenic Vanderbilt campus, the College of Arts and Science is known for its cutting-edge research and award-winning teaching. As the oldest and most academically diverse college at Vanderbilt, the College of Arts and Science houses a rich array of departments and programs spanning the humanities, science, arts and social sciences. Students and faculty also have opportunities to study and learn in Vanderbilt's professional schools and other colleges.

The College provides the individualized attention of a liberal arts college merged with the opportunities for academic discovery of a major research university. Undergraduates choose from more than 50 majors and minors, and they pursue in-depth learning experiences in research, community service, global study, and creative expression. Graduate students interact with world-renown faculty in laboratories and colloquia.

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.Dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion, as well as fostering a safe, respectful environment on campus, the College offers all members of the academic community – regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age or abilities – full support and encouragement to achieve at the highest levels.

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.