Transfer Student Resources
There are many other opportunities to get involved on campus. Read more below.
- Vanderbilt Student Government
- Arts at Vanderbilt
- Greek Life
- Religious Life
- Community Service
- Office of LGBTQI Life
- Women’s Center
Vanderbilt Student Government represents the interests of Vanderbilt undergraduates to university administrators, faculty, staff, and the Nashville and Tennessee communities. Its goal is to empower students to pursue their passions and feel at home in their college environment. In addition to lobbying administrators on the issues that matter most to students, VSG provides a wide range of student services, hosts events to enrich undergraduate life on campus, and partners with student organizations and university departments to sponsor unique programs that serve the student body as a whole.
The Arts and Campus Events Office empowers students to grow and learn through the arts by participating in diverse programming that cultivates social engagement, artistic exploration and personal growth. Program highlights include civic engagement, music, community exploration, spirit and campus pride initiatives, studio art co-curricular classes, dance and more. The Vanderbilt Programming Board (VPB) is comprised of the 6 largest programming organizations on campus: Homecoming, Speakers Committee, CityVU, The Music Group, The VenUe, and Vandy Fanatics. The purpose of VPB is to sponsor, integrate, and provide social, cultural, educational, recreational, and multicultural activities at Vanderbilt University.The Vanderbilt Performing Arts Community (VPAC) represents more than 20 student organizations. VPAC aims to bring together members of the performing arts community at Vanderbilt in order to support all groups’ events, foster collaboration, and have a unified voice in advocating for the performing arts.
Vanderbilt has many opportunities for students to participate in athletics. Whether students are athletes or want to play for fun, there is something for everyone. The intramural program includes more than 40 sports ranging from basketball to wrestling. The club sports program includes Aikido, angling, badminton, bowling, crew, equestrian, fencing, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, volleyball and water polo. Outdoor Rec offers adventures including weekend backpacking, spelunking, canoeing and rafting trips. Vandy Fanatics is the student organization dedicated to promoting school spirit by sponsoring events for the Vanderbilt community to uphold Vanderbilt sports traditions.
More than 42 percent of Vanderbilt undergraduates belong to the Greek community, made up of 35 fraternities and sororities. The Office of Greek Life is responsible for advising every aspect of this community—advising the councils and chapter leadership; creating educational, risk management and leadership programming opportunities; and working with the national or international headquarters of each organization to reduce risk, enhance programs and ensure the advancement of fraternity and sorority life on the Vanderbilt campus.
New students will be eligible to participate in recruitment during spring semester, provided they have earned 12 credit hours at Vanderbilt and a 2.5 cumulative GPA and are not on disciplinary probation. Potential fraternity members are also required to complete three community service hours with a fraternity. Please visit the Parents page on the Office of Greek Life website for more information.
The Office of Religious Life seeks to function in an educational capacity not only for those students and groups who are traditionally religious, but by way of raising ethical questions and issues of value and character among the student body at large. A staff of chaplains represents several faiths on campus. Each chaplain or director provides worship opportunities, counseling, retreats and fellowship for his/her constituency. With an array of centers and programs, religious life at Vanderbilt has something for everyone.
Community service empowers students to become involved in the community through volunteerism, issue awareness, education, advocacy and activism.
On campus, the Office of Active Citizenship and Service offers a growing number of experiential learning opportunities locally, nationally and globally. Students are encouraged to become more engaged in the community through active citizenship. There are over 65 service organizations at Vanderbilt.
The Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Life at Vanderbilt is a cultural center and a place of affirmation for individuals of all identities, and a resource for information and support about gender and sexuality. The Office of LGBTQI Life serves all members of the Vanderbilt community by creating educational, cultural and social opportunities. Some programs offered include:
- Safe Zone: aims to create a visible network of support for LGBTQI individuals and their allies by providing an avenue through which any member of the Vanderbilt community can show their support.
- Lavender Celebration: a tradition that began in 2008 at Vanderbilt; the aim is to celebrate the contributions of graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and allied undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty and staff.
The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center (MCWC) leads co-curricular campus initiatives related to women’s and gender issues, creating innovative opportunities to make the Vanderbilt community more inclusive and equitable. The Center offers a variety of programming and support services to address issues such as body image and disordered eating, healthy relationships, pregnancy and reproduction, sexual health, gender stereotyping and more.
- Signature Series: The MCWC presents a number of Signatures Series events including Women’s History Month, The Cuninggim Lecture on Women in Culture and Society, The Mentoring and Mary Jane Werthan Awards, and The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center Leadership Award.
- The Kitchen Table Series: The Kitchen Table Series is a student-designed discussion series on timely gender-related topics. This program came to fruition because students wanted the chance to talk about important issues in an informal and relaxed space. Recent discussions have focused on street harassment, women in politics, and incarcerated women.
- Sexual Health Peer Education Program (“Vandy Sex Ed”): The Vandy Sex Ed Peer Education Program is a selective team of intensively trained undergraduate students who are armed with the knowledge and tools necessary to help both themselves and their peers make healthy and informed decisions around sex and sexuality.