The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, Vanderbilt’s award-winning College Hall community for first-year students opened in 2008 after years of strategic planning by Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos and former Board of Trust Chair Martha R. Ingram. Since its establishment, all first-year students live among their peers and distinguished faculty members in a richly diverse and intellectually vibrant community of 10 houses on the Peabody campus. In recognition of Ingram’s leadership in establishing this foundational experience for Vanderbilt students, The Commons was renamed The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons in 2011.
Building upon the great success of The Ingram Commons, the university broke ground in May 2012 on Warren and Moore colleges at the site of the former Kissam Quadrangle. Each led by a faculty director, these residential colleges represent a continuation of the transformative residential and educational experience for upperclass students. Warren and Moore colleges opened their doors in 2014 as the university reaffirmed its commitment to a dynamic undergraduate residential experience in the Academic Strategic Plan.
As the university continued to expand Residential Colleges and the College Halls Program to reach additional upperclass students, construction began on E. Bronson Ingram College in July 2016 at the site of the former Vanderbilt and Barnard Halls. Over 300 upperclass students and a new residential faculty director will move into E. Bronson Ingram College (Bronson College) as the College opens its doors in August 2018. Plans have also been announced to begin construction on new Residential Colleges at the site of Carmichael Towers.
These new Residential Colleges complement the well-established Living-Learning Communities – The McGill Project, Mayfield Lodges, and McTyeire International House. These communities have provided opportunities for students with similar educational interests to live together in residence halls featuring structured learning environments for more than forty years.