Expertise

How to Build a First-Year Class

How to Build a First-Year Class

Vanderbilt’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions is communicating with as many as 1 million students, ranging from ninth grade (some even younger) through 12th grade. Knowing how and when to target the largest possible set of high-potential applicants—using a full range of interactions—to build the best first-year class possible takes strategic planning and smart execution.

How to Excel under Pressure

How to Excel under Pressure

Drawing upon his background in sports psychology, David Sacks, assistant professor of clinical psychiatry, often teaches students not just how to cope but how to excel under pressure, much like high-performing athletes.

JOHN RUSSELL

How to Photograph 1,600 Students

Since 2009 the university’s photographers have organized a photo shoot of the entire freshman class on The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt. In all, about 1,600 students—along with the faculty heads of house and their families—gather for the photo, posing in the shape of the class’ graduation year.

How to Explore the Prehistoric Past

How to Explore the Prehistoric Past

Travel back 450 million years to Middle Tennessee’s beginnings with Molly Miller, professor of earth and environmental sciences

MICHAEL WITTE

How to Outsmart a Mosquito

Larry Zwiebel’s research, which is supported by an $11 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and more than $5 million in grant funds from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), focuses on preventing mosquitoes from feeding on humans.