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Next Steps students experience the full range of campus life

Next Steps at Vanderbilt University

Educational experiences beyond high school

Next Steps at Vanderbilt University is the founding post-secondary education program in the state of Tennessee. Based out of the nationally-recognized Vanderbilt Peabody College, Next Steps is a two-year nonresidential certification program for students with intellectual disabilities, moving to a four-year, residential program in the next four years. Next Steps provides individualized Programs of Study in the areas of education, social skills, and vocational training. Next Steps at Vanderbilt is a Comprehensive Transition Program designated by the U.S. Dept. of Education. This status recognizes the program’s merits and allows eligible students to apply for Federal Financial Aid for tuition assistance.


Next Steps at Vanderbilt is committed to providing students with intellectual disabilities inclusive, transformational postsecondary education in academics, social and career development, and independent living, while honoring equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.

This certificate program is housed in the prestigious Vanderbilt Kennedy Center with the support of the Vanderbilt University administration. Progress through each student’s individual program of study is monitored and supported by the highly-qualified Next Steps’ staff. Next Steps at Vanderbilt is guided by the mission of Vanderbilt University, the Community Creed, and the direction given by their advising committees.

Applications for Fall 2017 will be accepted through March 30. Please click on the admissions tab for the application information.

Next Steps Summer Institute (NSSI) – A way to gain knowledge and readiness for a college experience

The number one question students and families have is, “Am I ready or a good fit for Next Steps?” Next Steps at Vanderbilt offers a unique week-long, summer residential program for students to experience college life and to get answers to these questions and more. For detailed information click here.

Watch and Learn From Next Steps at Vanderbilt Students About the Importance of a College Experience:

  • I'm Thinking College (Even with my Disability)
    Students with intellectual disabilities enrolled in Next Steps at Vanderbilt talk about their experiences at college and highlight the need for more such programs in Tennessee.

  • College and Beyond: Empowering Young Women with Disabilities
    Postsecondary education is possible for all, including individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Next Steps at Vanderbilt is giving students opportunities to pursue their goals of postsecondary education.

Contact Next Steps

Please call the Next Steps at Vanderbilt office with any questions at:
(615) 343-0822, or email us at NextSteps@Vanderbilt.edu

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