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Becoming a ‘Dore 2022

WELCOME TO VANDERBILT’S EXTRAORDINARY FAMILY

Dear Class of 2026,

Welcome to Vanderbilt University! This is an exciting moment, when you officially join our community and embark upon a lifelong journey of belonging, discovery and growth.

Vanderbilt is known around the world for our transformative education, our pathbreaking research, our immersive residential learning experience and our broad commitment to innovation. But in my two years as Vanderbilt’s chancellor, I’ve seen that what really sets our university apart is our collegial and supportive community.

During your time here, you will be empowered to carve your own path, to think boldly, to take chances to broaden your horizons and to challenge your preconceptions. You will meet classmates and friends with perspectives different from your own, and you will have the open forums to discuss them freely. At Vanderbilt, we strive to surpass our limits and believe that students reach their full potential through open-minded exploration as members of a supportive and challenging community.

These are the very qualities behind Vanderbilt’s motto: Crescere aude – Latin for “dare to grow” – a spirit that permeates our entire community. This is what guides our faculty as their consider new ways to teach and conduct research; it motivates our residential faculty and advisers as they create opportunities for socializing and connection, and it inspires our vast network of Vanderbilt alumni as they launch new businesses, create tomorrow’s music and art, reimagine their industries and change our broader society for the better.

“Dare to grow” also applies to Vanderbilt’s bright future as we prepare to celebrate our sesquicentennial in 2023. Reflecting on our century and a half of history, and considering our founding mission to “strengthen the ties which should exist between all sections of our common country,” there is no better time to look ahead with bold ambition.

I am delighted that you will be on our campus for the upcoming 150-year anniversary celebrations and that you are part of our Commodore family for life.

I look forward to the four years before us and to all you can achieve.

Daniel Diermeier Chancellor, Vanderbilt UniversitySincerely,

Daniel Diermeier
Chancellor, Vanderbilt University

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • Welcome from Dean Gresalfi
  • Your Faculty Heads and Head Residents
  • The Houses
  • The Residential Colleges Team
  • Your Resources and Connections
  • Upper-Division Residential Colleges
  • Honor Vanderbilt’s Culture of Integrity
  • Tips on How to Succeed Academically
  • Plan Your Days
  • Vanderbilt Visions
  • Important Fall Dates
  • Experiential Learning and Undergraduate Resources
  • Words You Need to Know
  • Community Creed, Pledge and Alma Mater
  • Numbers to Know

Welcome from Dean Gresalfi

Welcome to The Ingram Commons!

As dean of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, I am delighted to welcome you to Vanderbilt University. The Ingram Commons is one of the things that makes Vanderbilt special, as it offers a nexus of experiences that involve connecting with many different activities, people, and communities. There is already a community of people eagerly waiting to meet you.

These people are researchers, teachers, mentors, advocates, advisers, and counselors. They are your faculty heads of house, your head residents, your resident advisers, your VUceptors, the dean of students and his staff members, the deans of the four undergraduate colleges and their associates, my colleagues in the office of the dean of The Ingram Commons, and so many others. We have worked together for months now with one purpose in mind: to get you off to the best possible start this fall. We have planned programs, events, seminars, tours, and workshops for you and the rest of the Class of 2026.

You were admitted to Vanderbilt because you are ready for new challenges, and in fact, we think you will thrive here. But now that you have chosen where you will go to college, I’d like to encourage you to consider how you go to college. The difference between college and high school is the breadth and depth of opportunity—to meet new people, study new things, and have entirely new experiences. But there are also things that should look familiar to you as well.

Some of those familiar things might be academic interests and extracurricular experiences that made you choose Vanderbilt in the first place. Continuing to pursue those passions will help the rest of the community learn from you and your unique insights and experiences. But I also want to encourage you to take advantage of the broad range of opportunities you will find here to seek new knowledge and experiences by studying something you didn’t know existed; trying an activity that makes you just a little nervous; talking with someone whose beliefs are different from yours. One of the many strengths of our university—and The Ingram Commons in particular—is the community we create and re-create each time we learn from people who are not exactly like us.

Of course, it’s hard to know what you don’t know—you need a way to explore the possibilities that Vanderbilt has to offer. This guide, Becoming a ’Dore, is designed to help you in that effort. In these pages, you will learn more about the many resources and opportunities we have to offer you at Vanderbilt and in Nashville. You will also learn more about the places and people here in your new home. All of us are so glad you are finally here, and we are ready to live and learn together.

 

Dean Melissa GresalfiMelissa S. Gresalfi
Dean of The Ingram Commons
Professor of Mathematics Education, Learning Sciences, and Learning Environment Design
Faculty VUceptor

 

 

Your Faculty Heads and Head Residents

Crawford House

 

Faculty Head Douglas McMahon

 

 

Head Resident Mason TeVrucht ’23

 

 

 

East House

 

Faculty Head Elizabeth Meadows

 

 

Head Resident Rebecca Rossi ’23

 

 

Gillette House

 

Faculty Head Carol Ziegler

 

 

Head Resident Blake Christiansen ’23

 

 

Hank Ingram House

 

Faculty Head Eric Barth

 

 

Head Resident Ashika Kuchhangi ’23

 

Head Resident Samuel Oyerinde ’23

 

 

 

Murray House House

 

Faculty Head Renã A.S. Robinson

 

 

Head Resident Jonas Buertey Yao Accam ’23

 

 

Memorial House


Faculty Head Celso Castilho

 

 

Head Resident Haley Mitchell ’23

 

 

 

North House


Faculty Head Natasha McClure

 

 

Head Resident Dante Harrison ’24

 

 

Stambaugh House


Faculty Head Rosevelt Noble

 

 

Head Resident Molly Birdsall ’24

 

 

Sutherland House


Faculty Head Chezare Warren

 

 

Head Resident Olivia Jones ’24

 

 

West House

 

Faculty Head Emily Pendergrass

 

 

Head Resident Keano Rich ’23

 

 

 

THE HOUSES

The Ingram Commons opened in fall 2008. It comprises 10 houses with five being part of the historic neighborhood and five being part of the new neighborhood.

 

THE HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOOD

The buildings in the historic neighborhood were built for what was then the George Peabody College for Teachers, an independent college that merged with Vanderbilt University in 1979.

East, North, and West Houses were originally built in the 1920s, a decade after Peabody College moved to its current location. These were the first dorms on the Peabody campus. Prior to that, students either lived at home or boarded somewhere in the community. However, the rising costs for room and board after World War I prevented many students from attending, which prompted Peabody to build these residence halls. When West Hall opened in 1922, it featured a cafeteria in the basement and was considered a model of luxury. All three halls have been renovated and updated several times.

Gillette House is named after Frank E. Gillette who was a longtime trustee of Peabody College. Born in Kansas in 1878, he came to Nashville in 1903 and became one of the leading businessmen and investors in town, as well as a generous philanthropist. With interests ranging from agriculture and education to finance and sports, he maintained a farm in Williamson County, won a Nashville golf championship, and also served as trustee of Meharry Medical College, a historically African American medical school in Nashville.

Memorial House, built in 1935, was partially funded by the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC). In 2002, Vanderbilt sought to change the name “Confederate Memorial Hall”; in 2005 a Tennessee Appeals Court ruled that Vanderbilt could not remove “Confederate” from the building pediment unless Vanderbilt repaid the UDC the current value of its original donation. At the time, Vanderbilt chose not to return the donation, which would be a sizable donation to the UDC. Instead, consistent with the court’s ruling, Vanderbilt renamed the building “Memorial Hall” in all official references and placed “Memorial” nameplates above its entryways. The name “Memorial Hall” is intended to honor all who have lost their lives in all armed conflicts of the United States. The inscription was formally changed in 2017, with the assistance of several anonymous donors whose gifts were designated for this purpose.

THE NEW NEIGHBORHOOD

The new neighborhood was constructed between 2005 and 2008 in preparation for the opening of The Ingram Commons in August 2008.

Crawford House is named for Frank Armstrong Crawford, the second wife of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt. Her parents, expecting a son, named her before her birth. A Southern socialite, she was 45 years his junior when she married Vanderbilt. She is credited with moving her tightfisted millionaire husband from the North toward his only major philanthropy—giving $1 million to Bishop H. N. McTyeire in 1873 to found a university in the South.

Hank Ingram House is named for Orrin Henry (“Hank”) Ingram Sr. Born in Wisconsin in 1904, he moved to Nashville where he established himself as a successful businessman and philanthropist. He served as vice president of the Vanderbilt Board of Trust from 1952 until his death in 1963. His passion for the university inspired his children and their families to build upon his legacy and play key roles in Vanderbilt’s future.

Murray House is named for the Rev. Walter R. Murray Jr. He and his close friend Perry Wallace were among the university’s first African American undergraduates when they arrived in 1966. Murray became vice president of the Student Government Association and a founder of the Afro-American Student Association, and later was the first African American member of the Board of Trust. He also helped found the Association of Vanderbilt Black Alumni.

Stambaugh House is named for John H. Stambaugh, who studied economics at the University of Chicago before taking a post on the White House foreign economics policy desk during the Eisenhower administration. From 1956 to 1962, Stambaugh served as vice chancellor for business affairs at Vanderbilt. In 1964, he persuaded Bronson Ingram, the son of his friend Hank, to invest with him in the Tennessee Book Company, which led to the establishment of Ingram Book Group, a division of Ingram Industries Inc.

Sutherland House is named for Earl W. Sutherland Jr., a Nobel Prize winner and professor of physiology at Vanderbilt from 1963 until his death in 1974. He was born in Kansas in 1915 into a family of modest means. In order to pay for his college tuition, Sutherland worked all four years as a medical staff assistant at a local hospital. He received the Nobel Prize in 1971 for his discoveries concerning the mechanisms of the actions of hormones. His work has helped researchers today understand how various hormones exert important functions within organisms.

The Residential Colleges Team

Tiffiny Tung, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

Tiffiny Tung (she, her, hers) is the vice provost for undergraduate education and Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Social and Natural Sciences and professor of anthropology. Her portfolio includes undergraduate education, including the promotion and support of research by undergraduates and the faculty who advise them, oversight of the academic programming and faculty heads in the residential college system, and oversight of the campus units that offer experiential learning opportunities at Vanderbilt and in diverse global settings.

She was the chair of the Department of Anthropology, associate provost for doctoral education, and the chair
of the Faculty Council in the College of Arts and Science. She has received the Graduate Mentoring Award from the College of Arts and Science, the Mentoring Award from the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, the Chancellor’s Cup for excellence in student learning outside the classroom, and the Madison Sarratt and Jeffrey Nordhaus teaching awards. Tung is an anthropological bioarchaeologist who explores how society structured health outcomes for populations in the past. In particular, she examines how past instances of state power, imperialism, and colonialism impacted (and continue to impact) people and their communities. She is also the director of the Bioarchaeology and Stable Isotope Research Lab, where numerous undergraduate and Ph.D. students have conducted research. She is the author of the book Violence, Ritual, and the Wari Empire (University Press of Florida, 2012) and has authored or co-authored approximately 60 peer-reviewed articles in journals and edited volumes.

Melissa Gresalfi, Dean of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons

Melissa S. Gresalfi (she, her, hers), serves as the dean of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons and a professor of Mathematics Education and the Learning Sciences. From 2004 to 2006, she was a postdoctoral researcher in the Peabody College Department of Teaching and Learning, and then returned to Vanderbilt in 2012. Dean Gresalfi’s research considers issues that are also central to incoming Vanderbilt students: the development of identities in relation to academic disciplines. Her research explores how to transform the practices of school mathematics and computer science that so frequently alienate students, especially students from socially marginalized backgrounds. Her current projects consider how focusing on play, exploration, and design can create learning environments that are more inviting and create deeper and more meaningful opportunities to learn. This has extended to middle school math classrooms, video games, textile art, coding, and even state fairs for examples of playful mathematics learning.

Jill Stratton, Assistant Provost for Experiential Learning and Associate Dean for Residential CollegesJill Stratton, Assistant Provost for Residential Education and Associate Dean for Residential Colleges

Jill Stratton (she, her, hers) is the assistant provost for residential education and associate dean for Residential Colleges. As part of the senior leadership team in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, she works closely with the residential college system and is the university’s liaison to ROTC. In her role, Assistant Provost Stratton focuses on fostering learning and supporting communities across the campus while connecting students with resources through various programming. She resides on campus in the West End Tower and hosts students for dinners, discussions, and special programs focused on leadership, community engagement, and successful transitions. Through the residential colleges and in conjunction with colleagues in experiential learning and the academic schools, she collaborates closely with faculty, staff, and students to support holistic undergraduate learning with a particular focus on sophomores and transfer students. Stratton’s research interests include college student development, residential learning communities, positive psychology, and leadership and she holds a teaching appointment in the Peabody School of Education in the department of Human and Organizational Development.

Rosevelt Noble, Assistant Dean of Residential Colleges and Faculty Head of HouseRosevelt Noble, Assistant Dean of Residential Colleges and Faculty Head of House

Rosevelt Noble (he, him, his) serves as the assistant dean of Residential Colleges, director of the Black Cultural Center, and faculty head of Stambaugh House. He is a scholar of the American criminal justice system with research focused on racial disparities in incarceration and capital punishment. The current courses that he teaches at Vanderbilt focus on issues of mass incarceration (SOC 3624) and racially biased policing (AADS 4852). He is a strong advocate for social justice as indicated by his engagements as an executive board member for the Tennessee chapter of the ACLU, the Nashville Community Bail Fund, and the Tennessee Innocence Project. Assistant Dean Noble initially came to Nashville in 1994 on an athletic scholarship as a member of the Vanderbilt football team. Including his time as an undergraduate and graduate student, he has served Vanderbilt in various capacities for the past 28 years.

Christina Bailey Robbins, Director of Administration, Office of the Vice Provost for Academic AffairsChristina Cunningham, Senior Director, Administration

Christina Cunningham (she, her, hers) serves as the senior director of administration in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. In this role, Cunningham is a key adviser and thought partner to the vice provost and works collaboratively with stakeholders to manage and execute the goals and priorities for the division. She manages all operations for the division, including financial oversight, assessment, communications, project management, staff engagement, and supervision of the central administrative support personnel. Cunningham started at Vanderbilt with The Ingram Commons in 2006. She has over fourteen years of experience working in various capacities within the residential college system and is part of the Residential Colleges senior leadership team. Cunningham attended Union University as a first-generation college student and earned her bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership.

Natalee Erb, Associate Director for Residential CollegesNatalee Erb, Director of Residential Colleges

Natalee Erb (she, her, hers) is the director of Residential Colleges. She is responsible for oversight, management, and coordination of all programs across the residential college system. Natalee provides leadership and vision in both developing new initiatives and in maintaining existing initiatives. Her work focuses on ensuring successful transition programs for first-year students and creating opportunities for interactions among faculty and students that foster student success throughout the collegiate journey. With over eight years of experience on the Residential Colleges staff, Natalee has a hand in almost every component of the residential college system. In addition to coordinating CommonVU Orientation and the Vanderbilt Visions extended orientation program, she works on initiatives across the system that are designed to encourage personal and professional development for students in all four years. She also supervises the Residential Colleges staff. Natalee earned a B.A. in anthropology from Sewanee: The University of the South and a M.Ed. in higher education administration from Vanderbilt’s Peabody College.

Michael Wallace, Assistant Director

Michael Wallace (he, him, his) is a Tennessee native who joins Vanderbilt most recently from the University of California, Davis, where he served as an orientation program coordinator for four years. As the assistant director for Residential Colleges, Michael oversees student governance across the residential college system and advises the orientation leader organizations. Additionally, he coordinates International Student Orientation and supervises the Residential Colleges program coordinators. Michael earned his M.Ed. in higher education administration from Clemson University and his B.S. in communication studies from East Tennessee State University. Outside of work, Michael enjoys running, hiking, board games with friends, and spending time with his dog, Reggie.

Tommy Anglim, Program Coordinator

Tommy Anglim (flexible pronouns) earned his B.S. in hospitality and tourism management and M.Ed. in higher education, college student affairs leadership, at Grand Valley State University. Tommy serves as the program coordinator for E. Bronson Ingram College, Moore College and Warren College. Outside of work, Tommy loves spending time with his friends and family or going to the park with his perfect little dog, Emmy.

 

Jennifer Atwood, Operations Manager

Jennifer Atwood (she, her, hers) received her B.S. in recreation and leisure services from Middle Tennessee State University. She began working at Vanderbilt in the fall of 2012 as the evening building manager in The Commons Center before moving to her current position. She loves working at Vanderbilt because the students are empowered to succeed by the diverse amount of opportunities they are offered. If you visit the office during breaks, you may get to meet her dog, Logan, an adorable (although she may be biased) German Shepherd mix.

Shonna Greer, Executive Assistant

Shonna Greer (she, her, hers) is a Texas native who began her journey at Vanderbilt as an undergraduate with the Class of 2017. After completing her B.S. in human and organizational development, she returned to higher education and completed her master’s in public service management in spring of 2022. Shonna joined the staff at Vanderbilt during the fall of 2019. She serves many roles in ensuring the success of the Office of the Dean of The Ingram Commons and is the primary support staff for Dean Gresalfi. Traveling to new places, meeting new faces and snacks are a few of her favorite things.

Emily Waddell, Program Coordinator

A native of Mississippi, Emily Waddell (she, her, hers) earned her B.S. in psychology from Union University and an M.S. in leadership and policy studies with an emphasis in student personnel from the University of Memphis. After serving for two years in undergraduate admissions, Waddell made the switch over to academic affairs and is excited about working with Vanderbilt’s first-year students. Waddell is responsible for managing all social media accounts for Residential Colleges as well as producing the office’s weekly newsletters. With a focus on academic growth and fostering an intentional and beneficial community for all first-year students, Waddell also supports the faculty heads of Gillette, Murray, and Sutherland houses. When she isn’t at work, Waddell loves spending time with her husband, Matt, and dog, Posie. She’s an avid reader and loves to draw, drink coffee, and cross-stitch. She also is a big Disney fan and is always game to talk about her favorite rides at Walt Disney World.

Jade Wong, Program Coordinator

Jade Wong (she/they, her/them, hers/theirs) is excited to return home to Nashville and join Residential Colleges as a program coordinator. During her years away from home she received her B.A. in anthropology & sociology at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN before earning their M.A. in higher & postsecondary education from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York, NY. As a program coordinator within the The Ingram Commons, she will be working with Crawford, Stambaugh, and North houses. She will also be overseeing The Commons Cup and Commons Ball! When she is not working she is most likely dancing, reading in a hammock, listening to a true crime podcast, traveling, or spending time with her family!

Alexandra Martinez, Graduate Assistant

A native of South Carolina, Alexandra Martinez (she, her, ella) earned her B.A. in global studies at the University of South Carolina in 2022. As an undergrad, she was a University Ambassador and gave over 100 tours, so she is ready and excited to be participating in orientation at Vanderbilt this year. During her time at University of South Carolina, she participated in internships and passion projects surrounding mental health, and the human development counseling program at Peabody College is a continuation of that for her. Living in Nashville will be her first time moving out of state, and she and her Australian Shepherd, Sadie, are super excited! She loves cooking and baking, good movies and TV, and her love language is gift giving.

Marley Moore, Graduate Assistant

Originally from North Carolina, Marley Moore (she, her, hers) graduated from Appalachian State University in May 2022 with a degree in nutrition and foods and a minor in public health. She is now pursuing her M.Ed. in higher education administration with a concentration in student affairs administration at Vanderbilt. Moore is the self-proclaimed world’s biggest fan of icebreakers. She has a 45-page manual of icebreakers of all kinds that she is constantly updating, and she is excited to bring her knowledge and passion to Vanderbilt. In her free time, Moore works as a concert photographer, is an avid weightlifter and dinosaur enthusiast, and spends time with her rescue dog, Binky.

 

Your Resources and Connections

The Hub

The Hub landing page

The Hub is Vanderbilt’s information portal for undergraduate students, providing one centralized access point where you can locate the resources you need to reach your academic, co-curricular, and personal goals. Visit vanderbilt.edu/hub to explore the Hub. Use the “Chat with Cornelius” feature, located at the bottom of the homepage, to receive real-time responses to your questions about Vanderbilt!

 

The Commons Center

Though you may live in one of the 10 houses, we are one community, and The Commons Center is the place to meet new people and come together. Here you will find easy access to things that fit your daily needs. The amenities include casual areas to hang out with friends, watch TV, study, play the piano, work out, play pool or foosball, or check out the many events that happen regularly in the building. You may even find yourself taking a political science course on the third floor. You can mail your letters from the convenient postal window or take advantage of the satellite services housed in The Commons Center for first-year students. No matter what brings you to The Commons Center, we hope you will find your place here. Community is all around you; you just have to join in!

 

Staying Connected with The Ingram Commons
commons.vanderbilt.edu is the news, events, and information hub for all first-year students. Find information about Ingram Commons programs, the houses, and their faculty heads on this page.

Special Info for the Class of 2026

vu.edu/classof2026
The new student information page on The Ingram Commons website includes resources for successfully navigating your first year.

Residential Colleges on Social Media
Follow Residential Colleges on Instagram and The Ingram Commons on Facebook to receive updates about what is happening on The Ingram Commons. Become part of the digital community that connects us all, and be sure to use #VU2026!

Connect with VUcept and iLEAD
To hear from current students about the transition to Vanderbilt and your first semester on The Ingram Commons, follow VUcept on Instagram @VUcept. International students can also find information by following iLEAD on Instagram @vu_ilead.

Upper-Division Residential Colleges

vanderbilt.edu/residentialcolleges

Vanderbilt students social distance on Alumni Lawn near EBI on the first day of classes.Residential colleges are central to realizing Vanderbilt’s vision for providing undergraduate students with a transformative educational experience. The aim is to provide a rich and diverse intellectual community that cultivates lifelong learning through close proximity to faculty and staff who live, learn, and work in partnership with students.

While The Ingram Commons is a residential college community for first-year students, E. Bronson Ingram, Moore, Nicholas S. Zeppos, Rothschild, and Warren colleges allow sophomores, juniors, and seniors to continue living in a residential college. Each residential college functions as a “campus within a campus” for about 340 undergraduates who live and learn alongside visiting scholars under the leadership of a faculty head of college. Spaces for learning and collaboration are woven into the structure’s free-flowing design, encouraging a sense of community, identity, and belonging.

The residential college system began with the opening of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons in 2008. Opened in 2014, Moore and Warren colleges were the first options for upper-division students within the system. E. Bronson Ingram College welcomed its inaugural class of residents in August 2018, and Nicholas S. Zeppos College opened in August 2020. Rothschild College, the university’s newest college, opened in August 2022. The university currently has plans for an additional residential college along West End Avenue that is slated to open in 2024.

Life in a residential college sparks creativity, builds community, supports student success, and extends educational opportunities beyond the classroom. Together, with campus partners, the residential colleges offer support for students to make the most of experiential learning at Vanderbilt. It’s not too early to begin thinking about life after The Ingram Commons. Visit vanderbilt.edu/residentialcolleges for more information about residential colleges.

E. Bronson Ingram College
Faculty Head of College
Teresa Goddu

Professor of English and American Studies, College of Arts and Science

Moore College Faculty Head of College Mumin KurtulusMoore College
Faculty Head of College
Mumin Kurtulus
Associate Professor of Operations Management, Owen Graduate School of Management

Nicholas S. Zeppos College Faculty Head of College Audrey BowdenNicholas S. Zeppos College
Faculty Head of College
Audrey Bowden

Dorothy J. Wingfield Phillips Chancellor Faculty Fellow;
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering,
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, School of Engineering

Rothschild College
Faculty Head of College
Ravindra Duddu

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering

 

Warren College
Faculty Head of College
Amy M. Johnson
Assistant Provost for Immersion and Experiential Learning, Professor of the Practice, College of Arts and Science

 

 

“Vanderbilt’s residential colleges are at the heart of our transformative educational experience. In the residential colleges, students and faculty connect over new ideas and shared experiences, and the university’s spirit of collaboration comes to life daily.” — Chancellor Daniel Diermeier

“These places of living and learning provide students with exceptional opportunities to engage with each other and learn and appreciate novel ways of seeing the world. Interactions between faculty, students, and staff in the residential colleges are key to creating transformative experiences and shaping lifelong memories of what it means to be part of the collaborative Vanderbilt community.”

Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Tiffiny Tung

Honor Vanderbilt’s Culture of Integrity

One of the first things you will do after arriving on campus is participate in the Community Commitments ceremony.

A MESSAGE FROM THE UNDERGRADUATE HONOR COUNCIL PRESIDENT

Mabel Cummins ’23

College of Arts and Science

Congratulations and welcome to Vanderbilt! Your time at our respected university will be filled with outstanding opportunities for personal and professional development. As a new member of the Vanderbilt community, you will have access to a network of invaluable resources, peers, faculty, and staff. Furthermore, you will have the privilege of making significant impacts to society through learning, discovery, research, and innovation. With this opportunity comes great responsibility. At Vanderbilt, you are entrusted to pursue these endeavors with honor, both inside and outside of the classroom.

The foundation of Vanderbilt’s academic excellence is rooted in the Honor System, which outlines a commitment to academic honesty and integrity. The Vanderbilt Honor Code is one of the school’s oldest and most revered traditions, as it governs all academic work completed by students within the university’s 10 schools. As a new member of our Vanderbilt community, you share in the responsibility of upholding the policies of the Honor Code through personal accountability and cooperation. In doing so, you are part of maintaining the prestigious status our university holds.

During your time at Vanderbilt, a key aspect of your success will be your dedication to honesty and integrity. I ask that you read the statement of the Honor Code, watch the orientation video Welcome to Vanderbilt’s Community of Honor, and familiarize yourself with the expectations that are placed on Vanderbilt students in the Student Handbook. You will also join every student who came before you in affirming your commitment to the Honor Code by signing it in your first days on campus. This commitment will give you a respected education and prepare you for a future of positively impacting the world. As you embark on your own Vanderbilt journey, I encourage you to take the time to understand the importance of the core values of our institution.

On behalf of the Undergraduate Honor Council, I am pleased to, once again, welcome you to Vanderbilt! I wish you a very successful academic future here.

 

STATEMENT OF THE HONOR CODE

Vanderbilt University students pursue all academic endeavors with integrity. They conduct themselves honorably, professionally, and respectfully in all realms of their studies in order to promote and secure an atmosphere of dignity and trust. The keystone of our honor system is self-regulation, which requires cooperation and support from each member of the university community.

“I pledge on my honor that I have neither given nor received aid on this examination.” —Undergraduate Honor Pledge

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES ON ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Tips on How to Succeed Academically

1. Actually Go to Class

Going to class may seem like a no-brainer, but in college, it is easy to skip your classes if you so choose. This can quickly become a hard habit to break. So, unless there are extenuating circumstances, actually go to your classes! It’s the simplest way to get a jump-start on earning a good grade and meeting other students.

2. Go to Office Hours

Office hours can be incredibly helpful, but students are often hesitant to attend. Even if you don’t have a question that pertains directly to the class, your professors will be happy to see you. You can ask them about problems that you are struggling with or discuss a topic you found particularly interesting. Also, communicate clearly with your professors. If you have to miss a class, let them know. Professors are understanding people and will happily help you out if you make the effort to communicate with them.

3. Manage Your Time

You can accomplish more than you might think, as long as you learn to manage your time. Being busy does not necessarily mean effective time management. Set a specific time for everything that you do, including homework. Even if you’re not a “schedule person,” try it out. If you have a detailed schedule, and you stick to it, you’re going to be amazed with what you get done. TV, video games, TikTok, and Netflix are beautiful things, so set aside time for them, just not too much time.

4. Work with Other Students

Nothing reinforces what you just learned as well as teaching it to someone else. Working in groups has many advantages. If you work with the right people, they can help you stay focused and on task. You can bounce ideas off of each other, and, if one of you understands a topic well, you can help the others. People from other schools are often surprised by how supportive Vandy students are of each other. Use that to your advantage, regardless of whether you’re talking about poetry or mitosis.

5. Practice Self-Care

While your academic success is extremely important, you can’t expect to do your best work or perform to the best of your abilities in class if you’re not taking time to be your best self. So, get an appropriate amount of sleep each night, aim for healthy diet and exercise habits and spend time de-stressing with friends. You will be so much happier and more productive if you are physically and mentally healthy.

Plan Your Days

 

 

The required CommonVU Orientation program offers sessions that will help you learn more about your academic program, learn the norms and values of the Vanderbilt community, and get to know other members of the Class of 2026.

Download the Vanderbilt University app and click the New Student Orientation icon to receive important information and alerts related to CommonVU Orientation. For questions about the schedule, contact commons@vanderbilt.edu.

 

Fall 2022 CommonVU Orientation Schedule

Vanderbilt Visions

All first-year students are assigned to one of 90+ Vanderbilt Visions groups. An undergraduate peer mentor and a faculty member from any of the undergraduate or professional schools—your student and faculty VUceptors—lead and mentor each group.

Vanderbilt Visions begins during CommonVU Orientation and meets weekly through October. A syllabus organizes the activities and discussions designed to help group members explore the transition they experience moving from high school to college.

Visions gives you the opportunity to meet people from other houses and floors. Your Visions experience will also allow you to ask for support or raise questions as a group that you might not want to discuss with your professors or other upper-division students outside of Visions.

Visions groups provide space for honest conversations about the social and academic challenges of your first semester and help you discover how you can be happy and successful. Being in Visions will also make you aware of the many resources that can support you academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.

In the second half of the semester, you will have the opportunity to learn about resources designed to help you succeed at Vanderbilt.

Visions Schedule
  • August 21 Introductions, Expectations, and the Campus Reading
  • August 23 Getting to Know Your Visions Group
  • August 23 True Life: I Go to Vanderbilt
  • August 24 Classes Start
  • August 29-30 Expressing Individual Creativity: Who Are You?
  • September 5-6 Setting and Observing Group Norms
  • September 12-13 Our Community Intentions
  • September 19-20 Choosing to Change Society
  • September 26-27 Mind the Learning Gap
  • October 2 16th Annual Lawson Lecture
  • October 3-4 Developing Your Own Innovation Strategy
  • October 10-11 Experiential Learning at Vanderbilt
  • October 17-18 Career Exploration
  • October 24-25 Capstone: Creativity and Intentionality

If you have a scheduling or content question related to Visions, please contact Director Natalee Erb at visions@vanderbilt.edu.

Important Fall Dates

August 2022
  • August 24 House Programming Advisory Council Interest Meeting
  • August 24 First Day of Classes
September 2022
  • September 6–13 HPAC Elections and Interviews
  • September 15 Commons Cup Kickoff
  • September 16 CLC Training
  • September 17 Constitution Day
  • September 23 Commons Cup Athletic Informational
October 2022
  • October 1 Commons Cup Frisbee Tournament
  • October 22 Commons Cup Yoga
November 2022
  • November 1-6 Commons Unplugged
  • November 13 Commons Cup Fall Trivia
December 2022
  • December 8 Undergraduate Classes End
  • December 9–17 Undergraduate Examinations and Reading Days

Experiential Learning and Undergraduate Resources

THE WOND’RY

2414 Highland Ave. • (615) 343-1501 • thewondry.com

The Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s Innovation Center, provides free tools, workshops, events, programs, and other resources to help you breathe life into your ideas. Explore the world of nonprofits and positive change through social innovation. Learn an evidence-based process to evaluate your ideas and how to start a new venture with our programs in entrepreneurship. Build inventions, craft art and fashion, explore emerging technologies, and more using tools and materials from our makerspaces and support from our amazing group of MakerTechs. Any idea, any major, any skill level. All are welcome to explore innovation, practice design thinking, and imagine new ways to bring your ideas to reality. Learn more by visiting our website, emailing us at wondry@vanderbilt.edu, or following us on social media (@thewondry).

HEALTH PROFESSIONS ADVISORY OFFICE

2101 West End Ave., Moore College A101 • (615) 322-2446 • vanderbilt.edu/hpao

The mission of the Health Professions Advisory Office (HPAO) is to help students reach their career goals within the health professions. The HPAO provides information about which courses to take and how to identify opportunities to enhance your college experience and help you prepare for a career in health care. The HPAO also assists with reviewing application materials, identifying shadowing and research opportunities, and writing a Committee Letter for your application to medical school, dental school, and PA programs. The HPAO listserv announces programming and key deadlines for the application process as well as shadowing, internship, and volunteer opportunities. You can join the listserv by emailing hpao@vanderbilt.edu. You can also schedule an appointment on the HPAO website to meet with an HPAO adviser and get started on your path. Appointments can be conducted in person or over Zoom; please indicate as such when scheduling. When requesting an appointment, students also should include topics of interest you hope to discuss in your meeting, although they can be as general as “learning about the premed process.” For “Quick Questions,” please feel free to email hpao@vanderbilt.edu. For lengthier conversations, please schedule an appointment.

OFFICE OF EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING AND IMMERSION VANDERBILT

Student Life Center, Suite 103 • vanderbilt.edu/immersionvanderbilt.edu/geo

The Office of Experiential Learning and Immersion Vanderbilt functions with three pillars: Experiential Learning, Capstone Experiences and Assessment, and Programming and Funding. Experiential learning and Immersion Vanderbilt advising are situated within the Office of Experiential Learning and Immersion Vanderbilt. Experiential unit offices are staffed with advisers who guide students through a mentored immersive experience in and beyond the classroom. To satisfy the Immersion Vanderbilt requirement, students apply what they learned during their experience to create a final piece under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Examples of immersive experiences include internships, study away, community engagement, and civic involvement. Advising appointments are available in person and on Zoom.

Situated within the Office of Experiential Learning and Immersion Vanderbilt, the Global Education Office connects students with immersive study abroad opportunities around the world. GEO’s advisers provide resources, support, and mentoring for students before, during, and after their time overseas. We are eager to help you prepare for and engage in a meaningful study abroad experience. With planning, all majors can study abroad. Students who are concerned about fitting study abroad into their four-year plan are encouraged to start planning in their first year. Visit us at vanderbilt.edu/geo for information on programs, GEO events, or connecting with an adviser.

TUTORING SERVICES

Curb Center Building • 1801 Edgehill Ave., Suite 112 (near The Commons Center) • (615) 343-2225 • vanderbilt.edu/tutoring

Are you taking courses in biological sciences, chemistry, economics, mathematics, or physics?

Our peer tutors are Vanderbilt students ready to support you as you tackle a wide range of important, often challenging STEM classes. We aid all undergraduate scholars in achieving their academic goals through a community of support built around the power of collaborative, peer learning.

We invite you to visit us online (vanderbilt.edu/tutoring) to learn more and schedule a (free!) one-on-one tutoring appointment. For our most in-demand subjects—chemistry, calculus, and biological sciences—you also have the chance to register for two types of group sessions we call “learning roundtables” that are a great way to reinforce and extend your learning with others whether you sign up weekly or just before exams.

You can and will rise to the challenges of your STEM studies. As you do, remember our tutors are part of a community committed to helping you on that journey. That community of support also needs new STEM tutors each year. That could be you! Each spring, we hire students from diverse backgrounds and majors. Visit our website for details about the position and application.

CAREER CENTER

Student Life Center, 2nd floor • (615) 322-2750 • vanderbilt.edu/career

Located in the SLC, with a satellite office in The Commons Center, the Career Center offers career coaching, pre-law advising, pre-graduate school advising, fellowships advising, and various other resources to help you clarify your interests, learn how to write resumes, and discover internships.

The center hosts several events where you can explore and connect to internships, jobs, fellowships, and professional graduate schools, including:

  • Professional development programs and trainings
  • Information sessions and networking events with employers and alumni
  • Career fairs, coffee chats and industry panels with special guest speakers, and on-campus interviews

A variety of resources can be found on the Career Center’s website. Handshake is another Vanderbilt-specific online resource where students connect with employers and learn about professional opportunities. Students can search for internship and job opportunities in different industries, sign up for programs and workshops, and access Career Center–provided resources. Simply use your VUnetID and password to log in to your account.

First-year students and others who have not been to the office are encouraged to visit during drop-in hours, held at various locations throughout the year. Check out our website for the most up-to-date locations and hours. No appointment is necessary.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE CENTER

1208 18th Ave. S. (near The Ingram Commons) • (615) 322-2277 • vanderbilt.edu/elc

The English Language Center (ELC) assists multilingual students and scholars at Vanderbilt who use English as an additional language in achieving their academic potential and participation in the life of the university and community. The ELC provides language instruction and focuses on contextualizing advanced language use within an academic setting.

Language support is offered in a friendly, supportive atmosphere, and program features include the following:

  • writeELC for Undergraduates helps participants more fully adapt to academic writing styles and become more effective in presenting ideas. Content is tailored to meet individual writing needs and is organized around writing assignments in Vanderbilt University, including those related to Immersion Vanderbilt and research.
  • Academic Speaking and Pronunciation courses focus on oral communication needs found in academic contexts. Participants meet both in a group and individually with an instructor to work on their specific language needs.
  • 1-to-1 Speaking, Pronunciation, and Writing Consultations provide constructive feedback to help participants develop strategies for successful writing and speaking in academic and professional environments.

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THE WRITING STUDIO

Curb Center Building • 1801 Edgehill Ave., Suite 112 (near The Ingram Commons) •  Satellite office: The Ingram Commons Center, Room 217 • (615) 343-2225 • vanderbilt.edu/writing

Writers need readers. To connect with a reader and resource for your college writing, we invite you to meet in person or online with one of our writing consultants—many of them your peers—to talk about a course paper or any other writing project. From your first year to your senior year, we can help you clarify your ideas, strengthen your arguments, and grow as a writer in all the ways your college experience will challenge you to.

Appointments are easy to schedule through the Writing Studio website. With hours available six days a week, ranging from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., we aim to accommodate students’ busy schedules.

Scheduling tip: Once course papers are assigned, our appointments start to fill up quickly. Plan ahead for an appointment by two or three days when possible. Don’t see an opening? Check back frequently and join our schedule’s online waiting list to get notified when someone else cancels.

Each spring we hire undergraduates from all majors and backgrounds to join our awesome team of peer writing consultants. Could that be you? Details about the position and application process can be found on the Writing Studio website.

VU ARMY ROTC (RESERVE OFFICERS’ TRAINING CORPS)

1114 19th Ave. S. • 1-800-2VU-ROTC or (615) 343-7616 • vanderbilt.edu/army

Leadership is one of the primary skills that employers look for in college graduates. The Vanderbilt Army ROTC program provides practical leadership experiences, so that upon graduation you are ready to lead teams rather than serve as an individual member of a team.

Our program provides college-trained officers for the United States Army, whether for full-time service on active duty, in part-time service with either the Army National Guard or Army Reserve. Army ROTC enhances a student’s education and helps students to develop self-discipline, physical stamina, and poise—the qualities basic to success in any worthwhile military and/or civilian career. Army ROTC is available to students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in any major at Vanderbilt.

Students join in one of three ways: as Scholarship Cadets, Non-Scholarship Cadets, or as Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) Cadets. Upon formal contracting, Scholarship Cadets are eligible to receive four-year, three-year, or two-year Army ROTC Scholarships that pay 100 percent tuition and fees (or a $10K/year room and board reimbursement), $1,200/year, $600/semester for books, and a monthly tax-free stipend of $420/month. Non-Scholarship Cadets are eligible to receive the monthly tax-free ROTC stipend, as well as benefits based on membership in the Tennessee Army National Guard or U.S. Army Reserve.

VU NAVAL ROTC

1114 19th Ave. S., Suite 223 • (615) 322-2671 • vanderbilt.edu/nrotc

Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps is a four-year program taken alongside university courses that provides military and leadership training for motivated men and women who desire to serve their country. Midshipmen within the NROTC program are officers in training who receive a commission as active-duty offices in the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps upon graduation. Participating students are eligible to apply for full-tuition scholarships and additionally receive $6,000 annually toward room and board, a monthly living allowance ($250–$400), and all required uniforms and training materials free of charge.

The Naval ROTC is a demanding and robust program that develops students mentally, morally, and physically by focusing on academics, leadership development, physical fitness, and active community involvement. Participating students are given opportunities to grow through the best professional education and training available at Vanderbilt University and during one-month paid summer experiential training events conducted with active-duty Navy and Marine Corps units.

The NROTC program consists of individuals who received a four-year NROTC national scholarship during high school as well as those who joined the program during their first year at Vanderbilt University. The program is open to all first-year Vanderbilt University students who are U.S. citizens and who meet basic military and physical requirements.

The Naval ROTC program is dedicated to graduating midshipmen who will enter the Navy or Marine Corps ready to serve their country with honor, courage, and commitment. Interested in joining Vanderbilt Naval ROTC or have questions? Reach out to our recruiting officer via email: joseph.london@vanderbilt.edu or stop by the Naval ROTC unit on campus. Anchor Down and LEAD!

JEAN AND ALEXANDER HEARD LIBRARIES

(615) 322-2800 • library.vanderbilt.edu

Subject Librarians Are Here for You at the Libraries

Welcome to Vanderbilt’s libraries, where librarians and subject experts at nine different libraries have the information you need to succeed. Have a research question? Investigating possible immersion projects? Not sure how to site your sources? We can help.

The libraries are your connection to millions of items, including books, e-books, audiovisual materials, databases, archives, manuscripts, and subscriptions to more than 100,000 e-journals.

  • Need a quick answer? Use our Live Chat service, available Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Find the link on the library homepage.
  • Laptops are available for check-out in every library.
  • Public computers, printers, copiers, and technology-equipped study rooms are available in every library for your use.
  • Each campus library houses distinct physical and digital collections. Subject librarians devoted to each academic program can provide individual consultation on research skills and the use of library materials. Find your librarian at library.vanderbilt.edu/subject-specialists.
  • Food and drink are allowed in the libraries.

For the latest information about the libraries, visit library.vanderbilt.edu.

Finding the Resources You Need

The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries’ online search tool provides integrated, seamless, and fast access to scholarly resources of all types. The library search tool provides single-search access to a superset of resources, including books in the libraries, e-books, articles, and databases, as well as our rare and unique holdings such as the Vanderbilt Television News Archive and digital collections. We offer streaming video and audiobooks, and you can chat with a librarian online when you get stuck with your research.

Getting Books from Other Libraries:
Interlibrary Loan System

Use interlibrary loans to access materials from around the world that the Vanderbilt libraries do not own. Find out more at the Interlibrary Loan link on the homepage or the links provided in many of the databases.

Experiential Learning: 

The libraries offer paid fellowship opportunities through the Buchanan Library Fellowship. Find out more: library.vanderbilt.edu/about/fellows/

Help with Research: Just Ask!

Get help finding materials, identifying topics, and presenting your research. Click the “Ask a Librarian” link on our homepage or contact your subject librarian directly to make an appointment in person or on Zoom.

UNDERGRADUATE BUSINESS MINOR PROGRAM

215 Calhoun Hall • (615) 322-4021 • vanderbilt.edu/undergraduatebusinessminor

The mission of the Undergraduate Business Minor program is to provide students with a robust opportunity to study and experience business education in the context of liberal education. The curriculum is augmented by many events, seminars, speaker series, and skills workshops. Students can stay up to date with program activities, internship and job opportunities, and program news by emailing undergraduatebusinessminor@vanderbilt.edu to join the program email list.

The program’s offices offer students a variety of study spaces, including
a conference room with a video screen for developing and rehearsing group presentations, access to select business databases and a Bloomberg terminal for research. If you have questions about the program, please contact Professor Gary Kimball, director, or Lisa Wright, program coordinator.

Words You Need to Know

Vanderbilt has its own unique vocabulary. The barrage of acronyms and other abbreviations can be pretty intimidating at first. We present this section in hopes that the campus vernacular doesn’t add any more awkward moments into your first year than necessary.

  • Brookie: Mix between a brownie and a cookie, can be found at Rand and sometimes at The Commons Center
  • Houses: Refers to the 10 residential colleges on The Ingram Commons
  • iLEAD: A student organization supported by the Office of the Dean of The Ingram Commons, providing peer mentorship to new international students during International Student Orientation
  • Mayfield: Living-Learning Lodge; part of the Highland Quadrangle
  • Memorial: Either Memorial Gym or Memorial House on The Ingram Commons
  • Munchie: Also known as “Munchie Mart,” the Varsity Market in various residence halls where you can use your Commodore Card to buy meals, snacks, and other items of convenience
  • “On the Card”: If something is “on the card,” it can be paid for either by using Meal Money or Commodore Cash
  • Randwich: Specially made sandwiches in Rand Dining Hall
  • Residential Colleges: The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, E. Bronson Ingram College, Moore College, Nicholas S. Zeppos College, Rothschild College, Warren College
  • The Bridge: Bridge that connects main campus and Peabody
  • The Hustler: Student newspaper that appears every Monday and Thursday
  • The Wall: Area right outside of Rand Dining Hall; this is a lunchtime hangout and area for student organizations to publicize events
  • VandyRide: Shuttles that run across campus from 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. daily
  • VUcept: A student organization supported by the Office of the Dean of The Ingram Commons, providing peer mentorship during CommonVU Orientation and Vanderbilt Visions
  • “Who You With?”: Spirit call for Vanderbilt athletics, answered with “VU”
VANDY ALPHABET SOUP
  • ASB Alternative Spring Break
  • BCC Black Cultural Center
  • CSW Center for Student Wellbeing
  • MLC Multicultural Leadership Council
  • MRB III Medical Research Building III
  • OSCC Office of Student Care Coordination
  • SCN Student Care Network
  • SLC Student Life Center
  • UCC University Counseling Center
  • VPAC Vanderbilt Performing Arts Council
  • VPB Vanderbilt Programming Board
  • VSG Vanderbilt Student Government
  • VUPS Vanderbilt University Public Safety
COMMONS ALPHABET SOUP
  • CLC Commons Leadership Council
  • FHOH Faculty Head of House
  • HPAC House Programming Advisory Council
  • IOL International Orientation Leader

Community Creed, Pledge and Alma Mater

We pledge to foster the values set forth in the Vanderbilt Community Creed and confront behaviors that threaten the spirit of our community.

Academic

We strive to pursue intellectual knowledge with curiosity and humility. We engage in a partnership of learning and discovery, where the scholarly exploration of ideas is not only protected, but encouraged.

Neighborly 

We strive to be ambassadors of goodwill within our campus and beyond. We serve, uplift, and empower the members of our global neighborhood.

Courageous

We strive to be courageous, acting with bold authenticity. We embrace taking risks, challenging assumptions, and persevering in the face of adversity.

Honest

We strive for honesty in our academic endeavors and relationships with others. We commit to integrity and accountability across all aspects of life—personally, professionally, and academically.

Open

We strive to openly engage with ideas, experiences, and with one another. We welcome every background and story through celebration of the diversity that enriches our common experience and active participation in constructive conversations about our differences.

Respectful

We strive to promote a culture of civility grounded in equity, inclusivity, and respect. We hold each other’s passions and perspectives in high regard, endeavoring to live a life of personal growth and service.

Alma Mater

(Words by Robert F. Vaughn, 1907)

On the city’s western border
Reared against the sky
Proudly stands our Alma Mater
As the years roll by.

(Refrain)
Forward ever be thy watchword,
Conquer and Prevail.
Hail to thee our Alma Mater,
Vanderbilt, All Hail!

Cherished by thy sons and
daughters,
Thy mem’ries sweet shall throng
Round our hearts O Alma Mater,
As we sing our song.

(Refrain)
Forward ever be thy watchword,
Conquer and Prevail.
Hail to thee our Alma Mater,
Vanderbilt, All Hail!

Numbers to Know

Enroll in VandySafe

VandySafe is a free app that lets you connect directly from your cellphone to VUPD. The app allows users to contact the Vanderbilt University Police Department via phone call or real-time chat, trigger a mobile Bluelight that shares your location instantly with VUPD, and submit reports or crime tips. Users can initiate a “Virtual Walkhome” where VUPD can monitor your journey home, to the car, or to the office. VandySafe also allows users to view VandyRide information and other emergency guides. Download VandySafe on your smartphone through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store today! To sign up, go to police.vanderbilt.edu/services/vandysafe.php.

 

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