Future of Residential Colleges
The residential college system has long been an essential initiative aligned to the strategic direction of Vanderbilt. With the opening of The Ingram Commons (2008), Moore College (2014), Warren College (2014), E. Bronson Ingram College (2018), Zeppos College (2020), and Rothschild College (2022), the university is primed to further expand this key component of the undergraduate residential experience.
The Academic Strategic Plan and Residential Colleges
In 2014, Vanderbilt released a strategic plan for its future that denoted the “Undergraduate Residential Experience” as a key pillar, further escalating the importance of building a residential college system.
“Enrich the educational experience by completing and extending the residential college system and developing new infrastructure to foster further interconnections between discovery and learning” (pg. ii)
FutureVU and Residential Colleges
Expansion of the residential college system is a major outcome of the work powered by FutureVU, Vanderbilt’s land use planning initiative. Specific projects include a redevelopment of the West End Neighborhood through the building of three new residential colleges (slated for completion in 2020, 2022 and 2023) and an overall enhancement of the neighborhood, creating a more park-like feel in a very active part of campus. Once complete, this effort will enable more undergraduates to have four years of the Residential College experience.