Why Online from Vanderbilt?

A Tech-Driven Experience Built for Online Learners

As one of the most innovative universities in the world, Vanderbilt has developed programs that break the mold in online learning.1 Engineering@Vanderbilt programs are specifically designed for remote education, incorporating high-quality technology grounded in extensive research on how online students learn best.

In addition to sophisticated learning tools, the Engineering@Vanderbilt experience encompasses everything that makes a graduate education so valuable: a challenging curriculum that enables your growth, a diverse online community that provides support and expands your perspective, and access to opportunities ranging from research projects to professional development resources.

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WeWork and LinkedIn Benefits

Personalized Support

A Collaboration-Focused Online Campus

The Engineering@Vanderbilt online campus marries advanced technology with social features, forming an immersive learning experience. As a student, you will gain a deep understanding of curricular principles, build solutions to problems through research and exercises, and form close relationships with fellow motivated tech professionals and Vanderbilt faculty.

Programs feature weekly, HD-streaming live classes during which you’ll participate in group work and discussions. Classes are small, maintaining a 15:1 student-to-professor ratio to ensure engagement and personalized learning. Outside of class, you can meet with faculty in online office hours.

Classroom Features

The online classroom includes learning tools designed to enhance Engineering@Vanderbilt’s technical and hands-on curricula, including:

  • Small-group break-out rooms
  • Video and document sharing
  • Live chats, surveys and polls
  • Collaborative content annotation
  • Screen-sharing capabilities
  • Full class recordings

See how students collaborate with these learning tools in our online classroom video.

The entire suite of classroom features and functions are fully accessible from any desktop, tablet or mobile device.

Course Content

The Engineering@Vanderbilt curriculum is rigorous but delivered in an intuitive fashion with customizable features that fit learning into your schedule and lifestyle. Course content is self-paced so you can learn on your own time, anywhere you are. You may also complete course work while in offline mode on the program’s mobile app.

You’ll watch video lectures that feature interactive components, such as question-and-answer sessions, case studies and group assignments. You will also be able to complete hands-on projects and exercises, enabling you to learn by doing and develop skills you can apply directly to your career.

Nashville In-Person Experiences

In addition to online learning, you will be able to attend events on campus, such as career-building workshops and the Vanderbilt Entrepreneurship Conference. If you live near or choose to visit Nashville, you may participate in workshops and projects at the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s center for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Upon completing the program, you can attend the on-campus graduation ceremony. At the ceremony, you’ll walk with on-campus students to receive the same Vanderbilt diploma.

WeWork and LinkedIn Benefits

WeWork Membership

To ensure a beneficial program experience, every Engineering@Vanderbilt student will receive a complimentary Global Access membership to WeWork. This membership allows you to use WeWork’s coworking spaces for dedicated study or collaboration in hundreds of locations around the world.

  • Reliable Wi-Fi
  • Coffee, refreshments and snacks
  • Open-layout work areas
  • Private conference rooms
  • Printing and copying
  • On-site support staff

WeWork locations serve as inspiring study spaces and networking hubs. You’ll be able to access these spaces when you are traveling for work, need a quiet space to learn or attend class, or want to meet with classmates and other professionals in your region.

LinkedIn Premium Career Membership

As an Engineering@Vanderbilt student, you will receive a LinkedIn Premium Career membership. LinkedIn Premium Career gives you the tools to showcase new skills, boost your professional growth, and feel more confident in job searches.

You will gain access to a suite of career-enhancing benefits, including interactive interview preparation, insights on salary and earning potential, a library of videos to sharpen your skills, and the ability to directly contact recruiters and hiring managers using InMail.

Personalized Student Services

Admissions Support

As you apply to your program, you will work one-on-one with an admissions counselor who will guide you through the admissions process, answer any questions you have and give you the tools you need to submit your strongest application.

Technical and Academic Support

Once you are admitted and enrolled in a program, our Student Success Team will help you get oriented to the online campus and offer technical assistance. Your dedicated Student Success Advisor will help you plan your courses and give you access to helpful student resources throughout your program experience.

Learn How the Immersive Engineering@Vanderbilt Experience Can Benefit You

1 Reuters, The World's Most Innovative Universities 2019. Accessed June 2020.External link  Accessed April 2020. Return to footnote reference