College of Arts & Science


Dear alumni and friends, 

Each fall, as students stream back to Vanderbilt to begin a new school year, I reflect on the transformative power of a Vanderbilt education. I watch confident, well-rounded seniors embarking on exciting careers, graduate students launching field-changing research and faculty gearing up for another year of original research and life-changing teaching.

This thrilling collective enterprise would not be possible without the generosity of alumni and friends of the College of Arts and Science. I hope I can count on you to make a gift to the College of Arts and Science today.

You will be helping students like Jarrod Shilts, BA’17, who excelled in his biological sciences classes and won a Churchill Scholarship to pursue a master’s degree at Cambridge University, or Marissa Davis and Ariana Yeatts-Lonske, who earned coveted spots in the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets. You’ll be cheering on the eight students who received Fulbright fellowships to study or research abroad, and you’ll be marking the dedication of Ryan Sullivan, BA’17, whose organization brought clean water to remote villages in Southeast Asia.

You will be supporting our extraordinary faculty: the chemist working to eliminate the Zika virus, the writer unveiling a new novel, the physicist celebrating the discovery of a new heavy element, the sociologist probing the origins of inequality and many others. You’ll help inspire them to create new knowledge and cultivate the talents of our extraordinary students.

By giving to the College of Arts and Science, you help all our students and faculty chase their dreams, and change the world. 

Warm regards,

Lauren Benton
Dean, College of Arts and Science
Nelson O. Tyrone Jr. Professor of History
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