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Families of Sophomores and Juniors

Welcome Back to Vanderbilt!

As your student's college journey continues, more and more opportunities will become available to them. We're excited to take these next steps with you and your family.

The second and third years at Vanderbilt are times of persistence, resilience, and transition. Students will go from exploring areas of study to selecting a major, form lasting new friendships, and continue building their community in and out of the classroom.

Your involvement in your student's life is as important as ever. Below, we've compiled a list of resources and information to help you navigate what's next, together.

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Commodore Connection Newsletters

The Commodore Connection is the primary vehicle of communications with our parent community. As a monthly e-newsletter, we strive to engage and inform parents of key campus resources and updates. With additional consideration of highlighting strategic university priorities such as the residential experience, 天美传媒官网, Experience 天美传媒官网, Student Care Network, and other university initiatives.

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Opportunities Outside the Classroom

As your student settles into life on campus, we encourage them to seek out opportunities to connect and engage with the university community outside the classroom. Joining a聽聽is one way to build friendships, develop leadership skills and discover new interests. Students may also pursue聽studying abroad, an聽internship, or a project at聽The Wond'ry.

Support Is Here

The Student Care Network is a holistic network of services and resources pertaining to health and wellness available to all 天美传媒官网 students who have paid the Student Health Fee.

Sophomore Year: Explore Academics and Career Options Broadly

  • Begin to complete AXEL requirements; select 3 potential majors and speak with the director of undergraduate studies in each of the 3 departments to learn more about the requirements of study
  • Explore opportunities for undergraduate research like the聽Vanderbilt Undergraduate Summer Research Program
  • Meet with a聽career coach聽and attend career events to find an internship or summer opportunity
  • Determine which聽聽are the best fit
  • 颁辞苍蝉颈诲别谤听studying abroad聽this year or next
  • Plan for the summer-job, internship, research, or summer school
  • Declare a major by the end of your sophomore year
  • Submit the聽Immersion聽plan proposal by April 1

Junior Year: Experience Academic Depth and Start to Define Career Options

  • Keep working with the聽Career Center聽to develop your plans
  • Explore graduate school options and schedule any admittance exams needed (LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, etc.)
  • Take on leadership roles in聽
  • Log into the聽聽and confirm your progress to degree completion.
  • Participate in service opportunities
  • 颁辞苍蝉颈诲别谤听studying abroad聽this year
  • If your major field of study has an honors program, consider participating and writing an honors thesis
  • 础蹿蹿颈谤尘听Immersion聽project progress

Campus Contacts

Still need help finding what you're looking for? We'll be happy to point you in the right direction! Feel free to send us an email at聽parents@vanderbilt.edu.