Families of First Year Students

Welcome to the Vanderbilt Community!

Your student is about to embark on an incredible journey full of personal growth and self-discovery, as they work toward earning a degree.

This isn't just a big change for your student - it's also a major transition for your family. Vanderbilt Parents & Family Programs is here to offer support, guidance, and resources every step of the way. Reach out to us anytime: parents@vanderbilt.edu.

Preparing for Arrival?

Find helpful information like expected communications, what to pack, informational webinars and more all in one place! 

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Admitted Student Programs

Admissions offers several programs exclusively for admitted students including Anchor Day, webinars, and Vanderbilt & You events.

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First-Year: Adjust to College

  • Meet the Career Center coaches during walk-in hours at The Ingram Commons to learn more about their services
  • Create a resume and have a coach review it
  • Academics and Course Selection: Focus on exploring interests, values, and skills and completing AXEL (general education) requirements
  • Take a seminar course to start thinking about your Immersion Vanderbilt project
  • Explore co-curricular opportunities and get involved in organizations and clubs
  • Create a profile on AnchorLink to learn more about the various groups on campus
  • Visit the Office of Experiential Learning & Immersion Vanderbilt and plan for the best time to study abroad
  • Make use of the great academic enhancement services on campus (tutoringwriting studiostudy skills)
  • Practice time management! The flexible schedule of college life can be hard to adapt to!

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Campus Contacts

There are many resources available at Vanderbilt. Here are some of the most frequently used resources in an easy-to-access list.

Still need help finding what you're looking for? We'll be happy to point you in the right direction! Feel free to send us an email at parents@vanderbilt.edu.