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History

The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, Vanderbilt’s award-winning Residential College community for first-year students opened in 2008 after years of strategic planning by Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos and former Board of Trust Chair Martha R. Ingram. Since its establishment, all first-year students live among their peers and distinguished faculty members in a richly diverse and intellectually vibrant community of 10 houses on the Peabody campus. In recognition of Ingram’s leadership in establishing this foundational experience for Vanderbilt students, The Commons was renamed The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons in 2011.

Building upon the great success of The Ingram Commons, the university broke ground in May 2012 on Moore College and Warren College at the site of the former Kissam Quadrangle. Each led by a faculty head of college, these upperclass residential colleges represent a continuation of the transformative residential and educational experience for upperclass students. Moore College and Warren College opened their doors in 2014 as the university reaffirmed its commitment to a dynamic undergraduate residential experience in the Academic Strategic Plan.

As the university continued to expand Residential Colleges and the Residential College System to reach additional upperclass students, construction began on E. Bronson Ingram College in July 2016 at the site of the former Vanderbilt and Barnard Halls. E. Bronson Ingram College will open its doors in fall 2018, and over 300 upperclass students and a new residential faculty head of college will move into the college. Plans have also been announced to begin construction on new residential colleges along West End Avenue.

These new Residential Colleges complement the well-established Living-Learning Communities – The McGill Project, Mayfield Lodges, and McTyeire International House. These communities have provided opportunities for students with similar educational interests to live together in residence halls featuring structured learning environments for more than forty years.