Experience Vanderbilt helps students participate in enriching extracurriculars that they otherwise would not be able to participate in due to their current financial situation. Although Opportunity Vanderbilt has provided greater opportunities for students of different financial backgrounds to attend Vanderbilt, they still face many barriers to participation in extracurricular activities. In the spring of 2015, Vanderbilt Student Government conducted a survey that found that 30% of students who wanted to participate in one of the categories listed (club sports, dance/theatre, service trips, outdoor trips, and Greek Life) did not participate due to the cost of that activity and their inability to afford it.
Experience Vanderbilt exists to fill the gap between financial aid and extracurricular activities. We work directly with the administration to support Vanderbilt’s mission of creating an inclusive community throughout all aspects of the Vanderbilt experience.