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University Resources

These resources include logistical information about traditional academic concerns, such as Graduate School regulations, forms, and general degree requirements, but they also include information about issues that affect the quality of life of graduate students, such as parking and transportation, health insurance, and resources for wellbeing and professional development (including teaching and other opportunities).

Academic Resources

Graduate School

School of Medicine

Academic Life Coach

The Academic Life Coach assists Graduate School students and postdoctoral scholars in their academic and professional development during their time at Vanderbilt. This position was created to support students and postdocs through individual coaching and group programming around effective time and stress management, resilience, conflict resolution, navigating academic relationships, and juggling work/life responsibilities.

Student Access Services Center

If you have a disability and need an accommodation, please contact the Student Access Services Center, 110 21st Avenue South, at (615) 343-9727.

English Language Center (ELC)

The ELC supports the university’s internationalization, diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts through engaging English for Academic and Professional language instruction and targeted resources for international students, faculty, staff, and scholars who use English as an additional language. Their goal is to help you achieve the most from your Vanderbilt experience by providing innovative, high quality, individualized English-language instruction. The ELC offers a number of free courses, workshops, and 1:1 opportunities.

University Registrar

The Office of the University Registrar supports the mission of Vanderbilt University by serving the needs of Vanderbilt’s colleges and schools, the faculty, current and former students, staff, and the general public in accordance with Vanderbilt’s academic policies and procedures. The Office of the University Registrar is committed to providing timely, accurate, and efficient service, and is dedicated to ensuring the integrity, confidentiality, and security of Vanderbilt education records.

Wellness and Safety Resources

For distress intervention involving the imminent threat of harm or a life endangering situation, please refer to the following resources:

Vanderbilt University Police Department (VUPD)

Call (615) 421-1911 or 911 for emergencies and (615) 322-2745 for non-emergencies.

For distress intervention involving an urgent situation without the imminent threat of harm, please refer to the following resources:

University Counseling Center

The UCC supports the mental health needs of Vanderbilt students, encouraging their work toward their academic and personal goals. Our highly skilled and multidisciplinary staff develop evidence-based treatment plans tailored to each individual’s unique background and needs by working together with students, campus partners, and community providers. The UCC also emphasizes prevention and education through collaboration and consultation focused on the development of the skills and self-awareness needed to excel in a challenging educational environment.

We offer culturally responsive services in a safe and affirming space, and are committed to engaging in an ongoing dialogue that provides our team with opportunities to grow in the context of their own cultural identity development.The UCC is committed to understanding the role of diverse experiences and backgrounds in order to best promote mental health and wellbeing in the lives of individuals and in our community.

BRET and UCC Liaison

The UCC has recently collaborated with BRET faculty to provide mental health services that are more readily available and designed to seamlessly and effectively meet the needs of biomedical research students.

Due to current limitations stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the UCC’s BRET Satellite Clinic will be offered Mondays through Thursdays through telehealth (Zoom). Services will be available between 2:00pm and 5:00pm.

Student Care Network

The Student Care Network is a holistic network of services and resources pertaining to health and wellness available to all Vanderbilt University students. Primary offices include the Office of Student Care Coordination, the University Counseling Center, the Student Health Center, and the Center for Student Wellbeing. Students also have access to a wide range of additional on-campus and community resources through the Student Care Network.

Additional Wellness Resources

Center for Student Wellbeing

The Center for Student Wellbeing is a central part of Vanderbilt’s Student Care Network – the holistic network of resources and support services available to all students in support of their health and wellness. Support services and programs are available to students, faculty and staff.

Student Health Center

Covid-19 Health & Safety Protocols

Additional University Resources

Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center

The Mission of the Black Cultural Center (BCC) is to enhance the Vanderbilt experience of Black students, faculty, and staff by providing effective programming and resources to address the academic, cultural, well being, and social needs of the community we serve. The BCC is an essential resource for Vanderbilt and the greater Nashville community that seeks to highlight Black history, accomplishments, and culture. Our programs and partnerships promote greater cultural understanding, allyship, and appreciation for equity, diversity, and inclusion.

KC Potter Center and the Office for LGBTQI Life

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Life at Vanderbilt University is a cultural center, a place of affirmation for individuals of all identities, and a resource for information and support about gender and sexuality. LGBTQI Life serves all members of the Vanderbilt community, including students, faculty, staff, and alumni, by creating educational, cultural, and social opportunities. The office also supports and advises LGBTQIA2S+-related campus groups and activities.

International Student and Scholar Services

International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) fosters the education and development of non-immigrant students and scholars to enable them to achieve their academic and professional goals and objectives. ISSS provides advice, counseling, and advocacy regarding immigration, cross-cultural, and personal matters. ISSS supports an environment conducive to international education and intercultural awareness via educational, social, and cross cultural programs.

Margaret Cunnigim Women’s Center
The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center is an affirming space for women and for all members of the Vanderbilt community that actively resists sexism and all forms of oppression by providing resources and educational programming.

Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life

The Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life nurtures an inclusive community of communities consisting of diverse religious, spiritual, and secular perspectives, wisdom traditions, and worldviews where all students, faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and staff are invited to experience hospitality, to engage in discovery, and to practice generosity. 

List of Student Services 

Exhaustive list of resources of all students.

Student Organizations

Graduate students may participate in the multitude of student organizations supported through Dean of Students Office.

Off Campus Housing