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Who We Are

The College of Arts and Science is a collaborative, diverse, and interdisciplinary college with a deep commitment to learning, discovery, and service to solve the most pressing problems facing society.


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Break boundaries. Solve the world's most pressing problems. Explore your passions. Sound like what you want to do with your college career? Then Vanderbilt's College of Arts and Science is your academic home!

With nearly 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students hailing from all 50 U.S. states and more than 90 countries, A&S immerses you in a rich diversity of culture, experience, and thought. We  encourage discovery across disciplines and schools.  Roughly 34% of our undergraduates double major,  and more than half add a minor—often mixing  humanities and sciences. And with more than 60 unique major and minor options to choose from, you can easily find a course of study to fit your goals and interests.

A&S faculty are leaders in their fields and known for their commitment to undergraduate education, research excellence, and mentoring. Our undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio of 8:1 means that we can offer a unique educational experience: personalized learning with meaningful mentoring, combined with the kind of stellar research experiences only available at an R1 university.

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Ready to join our next class of intellectual omnivores? Explore our site to learn more about our academic programs, students, and faculty!

Quick Facts

Quick facts about the College of Arts and Science


Number of Students:


Geographic Representation:

92 countries  

Degree Programs:

60+ unique majors and minors


Top 20 producer of Fulbright Scholars

Top Degrees:

1: Economics; 2: Medicine, Health, and Society; 3:Political Science; 4: Mathematics; 5: Neuroscience; 6: Psychology; 7:  English; 8: Spanish; 9: History; 10. Molecular and Cellular Biology


Number of Students:


Geographic Representation:

60 countries 

Degree Programs:

29 programs


$38.1 million in external research awards

Top Degrees:

1: Economics; 2: Chemistry; 3: English (M.F.A.) (Ph.D.); 4: Psychology; 5: History; 6: Sociology; 7: Mathematics; 8: Medicine, Health & Society; 9: Political Science; 10: Biological Sciences


635 full-time faculty

8:1 student:faculty ratio

14 Guggenheim Fellows, 13 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences & 4 members of the National Academy of Sciences