Welcome, St. Louis 'Dores
Welcome to the Vanderbilt Alumni Association’s St. Louis Chapter page! We strive to reconnect our more than 1,300 alumni, students and families with Vanderbilt. Our events include parties for incoming first-year students, lectures from Vanderbilt professors, service projects, social gatherings and game watching parties. This is a great way to engage fellow alumni as well as contribute to the community.
We are also active with CoRPs, an alumni volunteer program that helps recruit and interview the next generation of Commodores. Membership is free, and we welcome all alumni, students, parents, friends and spouses to attend our functions.
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Please contact us with ideas on how to improve your experience as a Vanderbilt alumnus/a, parent or student living in St. Louis, or if you want to get involved in planning activities, hosting events or CoRPs recruitment.
For young people, neighborhoods like Clayton, the Central West End, Soulard, Washington Avenue, and the areas around Wash U. and St. Louis University are the best places to live and socialize. ’13
There are so many free things to do in St. Louis—take advantage of them. There are a lot of fun festivals with free concerts. The craft beer is great—and there is a Flying Saucer downtown if you joined in college. The sports teams are fun to watch and great atmosphere. For great food go out to central west end. ’13
Neighborhoods to live/play – Soulard (McGurk’s/Molly’s), The Grove, Central West End (Mandarin Lounge/Bar Louie—great happy hour and dollar burger night), Downtown ’13
Things to do – Cardinals games/ballpark village, Loufest, Octoberfest, 12 Bars of Charity, Mardi Gras, Blues games, Brunch. ’13
Visit first. Travel to the different areas of St. Louis and find where you fit best. There are so many neighborhoods in St. Louis, each with its own characteristics. Stay with friends. Reach out to alumni and coworkers. I love my city, but that’s because I found an area that I love. St. Louis can be whatever you make it. ’14
St. Louis revolves around baseball. If you are at all interested in sports, it is a requirement to go to at least one Cardinals baseball game a summer. Cheap tickets can be had for as little as $15 and the games are always a blast. This city is also known for its special brand of Italian food, especially the hometown favorites of thin crust pizza and toasted ravioli. Head to The Hill to find some of the best Italian food in the country. ’13
Live in Central West End, Soulard, Tower Grove South, The Loop (near WashU) or Downtown. You can live out in the suburbs if you want, but there is way more going on within the city. Do research to make sure where you are living is safe. The quality/safety of neighborhoods varies drastically. ’14
St. Louis - By the Numbers
- Alumni: 1,443
- Students: 76