Vanderbilt University requires at least 120 semester hours to complete a bachelor's degree.
If students would like to graduate in less time than normal, they can choose the accelerated degree program. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Many students like to take classes in the summer, to earn extra credits. However, Vanderbilt does not offer classes during the summer.
NOTE: Around 93% of students who start college at Vanderbilt complete all the credits required within six years.
Vanderbilt offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.
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Reminder: Vanderbilt may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.
Vanderbilt has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.
Students are required to fulfill a language requirement
Students do not have to take a computer class.
Reminder: Check with Vanderbilt directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.
When choosing a major, Vanderbilt students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at Vanderbilt.
Student Designed Majors
Vanderbilt allows students to design their own major, if desired. If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, designing their own major is a great alternative.
Vanderbilt does not require a senior project for all students.
Double Majoring at Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.
NOTE: Declaring a double major may mean taking more courses, but it can provide a unique combination of experience that helps students stand out when job searching or applying to a graduate program.
✅ Vanderbilt does offer services for students with disabilities.
Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.
❌ Vanderbilt does not have distance learning options or fully-online programs, so students must be able to attend classes on-campus.
✅ Vanderbilt offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.
🟨 To learn more about any possible honors programs at Vanderbilt, check with the school directly.
🟨 Vanderbilt does not require an internship for all students, but does require an internship for students in some majors.
The main library on campus is the Jean and Alexander Heard Library and there are 7 other libraries on campus.
A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time. A 3-2 dual degree program is a five-year program wherein the first three years are spend taking undergraduate courses and the final two years are spent taking graduate courses. Upon completion of the 5 years, the student will be awarded two degrees, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.
Vanderbilt offers these dual degree programs:
•3-2 dual degree program in engineering
•3-2 dual degree program in business administration
•English, French, German, history, Latin American Studies, mathematics, philosophy, political science, psychology, and medicine, health and society
What is ROTC?
The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.
Does Vanderbilt have any ROTC programs?
Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every college. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.
Vanderbilt has an Army ROTC program, an Air Force ROTC program and a Navy ROTC program.
Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at Vanderbilt include:
•an ARMY ROTC branch unit on campus
•a Navy ROTC branch unit on campus
•an Air Force ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
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