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About Residential Colleges

Education has never been limited to the classroom. Intentional communities comprised of students and faculty finds its roots in the Oxford-Cambridge model founded in England. From the very beginnings of collegiate life, faculty and students lived in collaborative learning environments and worked together to transform their institutions and their communities.

Provost Susan R. Wente joins a group of students for a weekly game night hosted at Hank Ingram House.

Vanderbilt University emulates this tradition, explicitly connecting students and professors as they forge  learning experiences together. Undergraduate student life at Vanderbilt is distinct, due in part to the unique structure of its residential college system, which fosters partnerships between communities of students and a live-in member of the faculty.

The program is comprised of various living communities that students encounter throughout their undergraduate experience. All students  reside on the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons during their first year and may apply to transition to another college (Warren, Moore, E. Bronson Ingram, etc.) for sophomore year and beyond. By participating in the residential college system, students will get to know other students, faculty, and staff closely and become more connected and involved in their residential community and in the broader Vanderbilt community.

Beyond a traditional dormitory, these spaces, each with unique personalities, amenities, and programs, act as a home away from home for residents. Each individual house or college is led by a faculty member who is there to help students explore and pursue their personal, educational, and career goals.

 

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