Artist's rendering of the new residential college at Kissam (Vanderbilt University)
The Commons, the first phase of College Halls, was opened in 2008 and brings together all first-year students who live in 10 houses, each guided by a faculty head of house, a member of the university faculty and mentor who lives among the students in a faculty apartment.
In the summer of 2012, the university demolished the six dormitories known as Kissam Quadrangle and broke ground on two residential colleges which opened August 2014. The colleges each house approximately 330 upperclass students - a mixture of sophomores, juniors and seniors - and are led by a faculty director and two graduate students in residence. Each college is organized into two halls in order to create unique neighborhoods within the larger college communities that will foster a variety of student-led opportunities for engagement, enrichment and leadership.
The $115 million project, a top initiative of Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos, was completed in fall 2014. Funding for the project was provided entirely through philanthropy and internal resources.
The residential colleges are named Moore College in honor of Stanford Moore (1913-1982), a 1935 Vanderbilt graduate who received the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1972; and Warren College in honor of Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989), a 1925 Vanderbilt graduate and member of the influential Fugitive poets who later won Pulitzer Prizes for both fiction and poetry and was named the first poet laureate of the United States in 1986.
In addition, each college is divided into two halls with beds for approximately 165 students. These halls also have honorary names. You can find more information on the hall names here.