What Parents say about Accelerator®

“I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you at a more personal level, for the quality of the program and the experience it provides. I can see a lot of changes in my son. This has been inspirational for him, and will certainly change his academic path for the better.”

Edgardo Lopez

Accelerator Vanderbilt Business Student Nico B

"Accelerator inspired my son and gave him the opportunity to lead and succeed in a group setting. It was the best money we have spent!”

Rebecca Gregory

“The quality and expertise of speakers, as well as the hands-on involvement of faculty, are some of the greatest strengths of Accelerator. My son gained confidence and an understanding of the hard work necessary to succeed from this program.”

Elizabeth Hawkins

"Accelerator is the best real-world business experience your student will have as an undergrad. My son has learned a lot in college, but he learned more about what it is actually like in the world of business in this short time than he did in two years of college classes and internships."

David Jones

“The Accelerator program is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to experience analyzing and solving real business issues, while working in teams and under the guidance of top professors and industry experts.”

Lori Espe

“To create an environment that makes a young person want to learn how business and commerce work is the most exciting part about the program. The conversations I have had with my son post-Accelerator have actually challenged me on how I run aspects of my business.”

Bill Hawkins

Vanderbilt Business Accelerator Classroom

"Accelerator offers high-caliber exposure to business through real-life case studies for liberal arts majors and effectively simulates the type of environment a young professional will experience post-graduation."

Joel Turner

"Accelerator is an excellent way to learn about business fundamentals through hands-on experience. My daughter has been equipped with skills that will help her to succeed in any field she chooses. She has gained confidence in communication skills, teamwork, leadership skills, resume building and how to broaden her professional network. It has also given her clarity on which direction she will go with her business major. This program exceeded our already high expectations and I would highly recommend it to every one! "

Sue Fisher

“The best four weeks my daughter has spent in school. She gained an appreciation of business applications and learned about the pace of real-world situations.”

Mark Bivins

“To future parents and/or students who are considering the Business Accelerator program, ask yourself: if you don’t have professional experience, you need to find an experienced trainer/coach to teach them the experience, that’s what Vanderbilt Business Accelerator can provide. If they want an experience in which they’ll be trained to improve -- for sure -- their speaking, analytical, and collaborative skills; want to possess experience such that you can literally walk in a new job/internship and know what to do -- and act professionally); want a summer program that allows you to be more focused on a business career, or at least introduce your to the business world, Vanderbilt is for you.”

Allen Leung

By the numbers


The percentage of Accelerator 2023 student survey respondents reported being extremely or very satisfied with the program.

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