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Academic Resources

No matter which school you enter or which major you choose, there are plenty of academic resources here at Vanderbilt, and specifically on The Commons, to help you navigate and succeed in your coursework and academic career. 

Academic Advising

Students in all four schools receive individualized academic advising throughout their time at Vanderbilt. 

Blair School of Music

Click here to learn more about academic advising at Blair.

College of Arts and Science

The College of Arts and Science Pre-major Academic Advising Resources Center (CASPAR) supports first-year and sophomore students as they choose their courses and majors. Click here for information specific to first-year students, like how your AP and IB credits transfer and what classes are available.

Peabody College

Students in the Peabody College of Education and Human Development will be advised by a full-time faculty member associated with their major.  Click here for more information.

School of Engineering

Students in the School of Engineering will have a full-time faculty member as adviser throughout their undergraduate careers. Click here to learn more.


In addition, the College of Arts and Science offers individual tutoring services at no cost to students for all introductory courses in all quantitative fields and most foreign languages. To learn more, click  here. The School of Engineering also offers help desks in Featheringill Hall and The Commons Center (hours listed below) for all first-year and sophomore students in engineering, science, and mathematics courses. To learn more, click  here.

Inside The Commons Center

Study Spaces The Commons Center 215, 216, 233
Available on a first-come, first-served basis from 8 a.m. - midnight, when not otherwise reserved for meetings.
Vanderbilt Writing Studio The Commons Center 217 (satellite office)
Fall 2019

Sunday 1 p.m.-10 p.m.
Monday 3 p.m.- 10 p.m.
Tuesday 3 p.m.-10 p.m.

The Career Center The Commons Center 217 (satellite office)
Fall 2019

Wednesday 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday 2 p.m.- 5 p.m.

Drop-in Hours
Wednesday 2 p.m.- 5 p.m.
Thursday 2 p.m.- 5 p.m.
Friday 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.

CASPAR Fall 2019
The Commons Center 225
Various walk-in hours available. Schedule your session at:

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research comes in many flavors at Vanderbilt. It is integrated into many of our academic courses and is featured as the capstone experience in a number of majors at the University. In addition to research opportunities offered throughout the academic year, Vanderbilt offers a wide range of research-based summer opportunities, including the Vanderbilt University Summer Research Program (VUSRP) and an array of programs housed in colleges and schools and their departments. These programs offer summer support on a competitive basis to a number of undergraduate students seeking to collaborate with Vanderbilt’s esteemed research faculty. For more information about how to get involved with research opportunities, click here. Check out The Ingram Commons' Facebook Friday on Undergraduate Research where we sat down with a panel of expert students, faculty, and staff to discuss all things research!

Other Campus Resources

Other campus resources to address students' academic needs are listed here: