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Parent PreVU -- Especially for parents of incoming first-year students


   JULY 2012

The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons

Parents & Family Programs



Getting involved on campus

Dear parents of the Class of 2016,

On behalf of the student body, welcome to the Vanderbilt family! Vanderbilt students take pride in their rigorous academics and endless opportunities inside and outside the classroom that make their collegiate experience well-rounded and unmatched. From student government to performance ensembles to Greek and service organizations, Vanderbilt has it all.

For your student, the first taste of joining the Vanderbilt community will take place during the weeklong CommonVU. Led by student VUceptors, first-years will be encouraged to make connections throughout our student community. A university-wide fair will be their first chance to meet leaders of the more than 400 registered student organizations on campus. About half the women students and a third of the men participate in the Greek system. You can learn more about sororities and fraternities at Vanderbilt by visiting the Greek Life website.

Vanderbilt's community creed and its principles of scholarship, honesty, civility, accountability, caring, discovery and celebration capture what we aspire to be. We also recognize that we are responsible for each other and accountable for our decisions. Our Undergraduate Honor Council is a student-led system that ensures academic honesty and integrity. We also work hard to ensure that our student community protects the health, wellness and safety of each one of our classmates.
Maryclaire Manard
These activities will help your students shape their college identity. My best advice for them is to keep an open mind, consider all possibilities and, above all, stay invested in the community.

Welcome to campus and congratulations,

Maryclaire Manard
President, Vanderbilt Student Government



Dean of Students Office

The Office of the Dean of Students serves a central role in student learning and development at Vanderbilt. The office advances the university's mission of teaching, research and service by fostering academic and social networks through which students develop as intentional learners and global citizens.
Dean of Students bulletin board

Upcoming dates and deadlines

July 15
Deadline to make Commodore Cash selections

July 18–August 28
Open enrollment/student change period

August 1
Deadline to waive student health insurance plan

August 1
Deadline to submit student account agreement form

August 1
Housing assignments mailed to students

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The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt

At The Ingram Commons, the goal is to create a living and learning community where first-year students learn and develop as young adults as well as contribute their intellectual, social, ethical and personal talents to their community. This atmosphere is cultivated by the dean and his staff, faculty heads of house, head residents, resident advisers, and VUceptors.

Just a few of the many programs available to students on The Ingram Commons: an opportunity to have dinner at Dean Frank Wcislo's house with a special guest, attend weekly house signature programs, strike up a conversation about campus events with fellow residents in their house's common room, take a day trip on The Commons Magic Cool Bus to a fun place outside of Vanderbilt's campus, participate in the Dean's Book Club, go to The Commons February Ball or participate in a Commons Cup house event. On any given day, morning, noon, or night (and sometimes very late at night), your student can look to the community around them for welcoming events where they can live and learn with their peers, faculty and staff. For up-to-date information on what is going on at The Ingram Commons and in your student's residence hall, we encourage you and your student to explore CommonPlace.



Student Organizations and Governance

Vanderbilt Student Organizations and Governance supports the more than 400 recognized on-campus student organizations by offering training to student leaders, support for programming and advice for the direction of the group. By joining a campus student organization, new students will be instantly connected to a peer group with common interests. Students are encouraged to make the most of their college career by staying involved on campus and in the community. Please encourage your student to visit Anchor Link to find out more about the student organizations available.

Just a few of Vanderbilt's many student organizations include:

  • Alternative Spring Break
  • Multicultural Leadership Council
  • Original Cast
  • Rhythm and Roots
  • Vanderbilt Programming Board
  • Undergraduate Honor Council
  • Black Student Alliance
  • Vanderbilt College Democrats
  • Vanderbilt College Republicans
  • SPEAR (Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Responsibility)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vanderbilt

Click here for a full listing of student organizations.



Arts at Vanderbilt

The Arts and Creative Engagement program empowers students to grow and learn through the arts. Program highlights include studio art co-curricular classes in pottery, photography, jewelry making, painting and drawing; dance classes including ballet, hip hop, yoga, ballroom and more; and the Vanderbilt Performing Arts Council representing more than 20 student organizations.



Sports at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt has many opportunities for students to participate in athletics. Whether students are athletes or want to play for fun, there is something for everyone. The intramural program includes more than 40 sports ranging from basketball to wrestling. The club sports program includes Aikido, angling, badminton, bowling, crew, equestrian, fencing, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, volleyball and water polo. Outdoor Rec offers adventures including weekend backpacking, spelunking, canoeing and rafting trips. Vandy Fanatics is the student organization dedicated to promoting school spirit by sponsoring events for the Vanderbilt community to uphold Vanderbilt sports traditions.



Greek Life

More than 42 percent of Vanderbilt undergraduates belong to the Greek community, made up of 35 fraternities and sororities. The Office of Greek Life is responsible for advising every aspect of this community—advising the councils and chapter leadership, creating educational, risk management and leadership programming opportunities, and working with the national or international headquarters of each organization to reduce risk, enhance programs and ensure the advancement of fraternity and sorority life on the Vanderbilt campus.

New students are able to join fraternities and sororities in the spring semester. This deferred joining process gives new students the opportunity to become a part of the campus community before affiliating with a fraternity or sorority. A variety of information sessions and informal activities in the fall help students learn more about the Greek community. All interested students must have completed at least 12 credit hours, meet the minimum GPA requirement of 2.5 and not be on disciplinary probation to participate in the spring process. Specific chapters may have additional eligibility requirements. Visit the parents page on the Office of Greek Life website for more information.



Religious Life

The Office of Religious Life seeks to function in an educational capacity not only for those students and groups who are traditionally religious, but by way of raising ethical questions and issues of value and character among the student body at large. A staff of chaplains represents several faiths on campus. Each chaplain or director provides worship opportunities, counseling, retreats and fellowship for his/her constituency. With an array of centers and programs, religious life at Vanderbilt has something for everyone.



Vanderbilt Student Government

Vanderbilt Student Government represents the interests of Vanderbilt undergraduates to university administrators, faculty, staff and the Nashville and Tennessee communities. Its goal is to empower students to pursue their passions and feel at home in their college environment. In addition to lobbying administrators on the issues that matter most to students, VSG provides a wide range of student services, hosts events to enrich undergraduate life on campus, and partners with student organizations and university departments to sponsor unique programs that serve the student body as a whole.

One way first year students can get involved in Vanderbilt Student Government is by running for a position in their house advisory council or by applying to the CommonDores program.

House Advisory Councils

First-year students are elected by their peers to serve on House Advisory Councils, which represent the interests of the residents of each house on The Ingram Commons. The councils work with the faculty head of house and the house staff on community events and programs and also share concerns regarding the community values and standards of each house.


VSG CommonDoresCommonDores is a new program for emerging first-year student leaders launched by VSG in collaboration with The Ingram Commons. The program aligns VSG's residential governance structure with the university's movement towards a college halls program.

CommonDores will be leaders on The Ingram Commons as well as with VSG, providing these students with a unique campus leadership experience. The group brings together elected House Advisory Council members and the 20 CommonDore students twice a month—once for a special dinner with key campus decision makers and once as a focus group with other first-year students working to solve real problems on our campus.


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