The Vanderbilt Student Life Center features over 18,000 square feet of event space, the Center for Student Professional Development, Vanderbilt International Office, Global Education Office, International Student and Scholar Services, Vanderbilt International Services and Internation Tax, Office of Honor Scholarships and ENGAGE, and the Pre-Health Professions Advisory Office.
The $11.4 million project was completed in the spring of 2005. The Grand Opening was March 30-April 2, 2005.
“The project is a direct response to the wishes of our students,” said former Chancellor Gordon Gee. “They have told us that their No. 1 priority is the development of a large social space on campus.” With adjoining catering space, the hall will be able to accommodate dances, dinners and other large social functions.
The Center is located near 25th Avenue South and Vanderbilt Place, behind the Schulman Center and to the west of Branscomb Quadrangle. The building is designed to complement the existing Sarratt Student Center, which contains no large social space.
The Commodore Ballroom comprises nearly all of the first level of the building, and can be subdivided into three equal spaces. Additionally, the first floor is home to a large meeting room. The lower level of the Student Life Center contains an additional three meeting rooms.
The second level houses the Center for Professional Development, as well as offices for pre-professional advising. The Global Education Office (GEO), Vanderbilt International Office (VIO), International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), and Vanderbilt International Services and International Tax Office (VISIT) are all located on the first floor.