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Education has never been limited to the classroom. Fostering intentional communities comprised of students and faculty has roots in the Oxford-Cambridge model in England. Faculty and students lived in collaborative learning environments and worked together to transform their institutions and their communities. 

At Vanderbilt University, The residential college system follows this tradition, explicitly connecting students and faculty as partners in the learning experience. Undergraduate student life at Vanderbilt University is distinct, due in part to the unique structure of the residential college system, which brings together communities of students in partnership with a live-in member of the Vanderbilt University faculty.

The program is comprised of three separate living communities: The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, Residential Colleges, and Living Learning Communities. The Ingram Commons is home to all first-year students, while sophomores, juniors, and seniors may apply to live in one of our three Residential Colleges (E. Bronson Ingram, Moore, or Warren College) and three Living Learning Communities (The McGill Project, The Mayfield Experience, and McTyeire International House). 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, college, or community is led by a faculty member who is there to help students explore and pursue their personal, educational, and career goals.