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Welcome to the Vanderbilt family, Class of 2025!

We are thrilled that you have chosen to begin your four-year journey at Vanderbilt on The Ingram Commons. Since 2008, when the first class moved in, students have found that life on The Ingram Commons is anything but ordinary. The Ingram Commons is a community of first-year students, residential faculty, undergraduate peer mentors, and professionals who live and learn together. Living on The Ingram Commons, you can explore ideas, have fun, and grow as a person and a citizen. Here, the intellectual and the social intertwine, making The Ingram Commons one of the most innovative projects in higher education today.

We know that getting ready for college is both exciting and stressful, for students and parents. Lots of planning, decisions, and deadlines are ahead. On this site, you will find all the resources you need to help you make a smooth transition to campus and to have a successful and enjoyable first year at Vanderbilt. Admitted students should be sure to check their  MyAppVU portal for more information from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions about being part of the Class of 2025!

Life on The Ingram Commons

Life on The Ingram Commons truly is anything but ordinary. With everything from study groups, impromptu game nights, or floor discussions in your house to a musical evening, community service project, a Commons-wide celebration, or dinner with a notable guest at the Dean’s Residence, there is always something to do. Through programs like Vanderbilt Visions, Commons Seminars, and The Commons Cup, you can get to know your classmates, university faculty and upper-division students. You will also have the chance to enjoy campus traditions including the Fall for the Arts program, The Commons Ball, and the End of Year Commons Celebration. For more information about these programs, click the link below.

Major Programs and Events on The Ingram Commons.

Getting Ready for Move-In Day

As you get ready to head off to college, you are expected to manage your academic responsibilities, social obligations, and medical needs. All those details can be overwhelming. To help you figure out your path to Vanderbilt, we have created The Road to Vanderbilt, a guide that outlines the steps you need to take to get started on your way to Vanderbilt. All students with a mailing address in the United States will receive a copy in the mail starting in mid-May. International students and domestic students alike will be able to access The Road online along the same timeline. For specific details regarding first-year student move-in, visit the Office of Housing and Residential Experience Website. Watch a recap of Move-In from Fall 2021 below.

CommonVU Orientation

The required CommonVU Orientation will take place prior to the start of classes in August. Orientation will include sessions and activities to prepare you for your Vanderbilt journey. Through CommonVU Orientation, you will learn more about your academic program, be introduced to extracurricular opportunities and campus resources, and get to know other members of your class. Additionally, you will meet your student and faculty VUceptors who will serve as guides throughout your first semester at Vanderbilt. More information about the CommonVU Orientation schedule will be shared on this page in early August.

With additional questions about CommonVU Orientation, please contact the Office of the Dean of The Ingram Commons at or call the New Student Hotline at (615) 322-4948. For more information about university operations, please visit the Health and Safety Protocols. Parents and families can also find support by calling the Parent Helpline at (877) 887-2736 or emailing

Parents and Families Orientation Fall 2021

Saturday’s sessions were designed for parents and families of Class of 2025 undergraduate students and any other undergraduates beginning enrollment at Vanderbilt for the first time. Sunday’s sessions were designed for parents and families of Class of 2024 undergraduate students and other undergraduate students that started in fall 2020. Both sessions were held in person and virtually.

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Parents and Families Orientation | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Langford Auditorium

The session was recorded and can be viewed by clicking the link below.

 View the recording of the session 


5:30 p.m. Welcome by Dean Melissa Gresalfi

5:35 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Academic Well-Being at Vanderbilt: Supporting Your Student, moderated by Melissa Gresalfi, Dean of The Ingram Commons

  • As your student transitions to Vanderbilt, they will undoubtedly encounter some academic challenges. This panel will inform you about the many resources on campus to support student success at Vanderbilt. Representatives from the Center for Student Wellbeing, Vanderbilt Tutoring Services, the University Registrar, the Writing Studio, and university faculty will share information on the resources they provide.

6:15 p.m. Break

6:20 p.m. – 7:25 p.m. Health, Safety, and Wellness: Communicating with VU and Your Student, moderated by Dean Melissa Gresalfi, Dean of The Ingram Commons

  • Student support extends to include a vast network of professionals from our student services offices who work to keep your student healthy and safe at Vanderbilt. Representatives from Housing and Residential Experience, the University Counseling Center, Vanderbilt University Public Safety, the Student Health Center, and the Community Standards and Student Support area of the Dean of Students Office will explain the role their offices play in our student care network and how to best communicate with their offices.

7:25 p.m. Closing Remarks by Dean Melissa Gresalfi

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Parents and Families Orientation | 10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. | Langford Auditorium

The session was recorded and can be viewed by clicking the link below.

View the recording of the session  


10:45 a.m. Welcome by Vice Provost Vanessa Beasley

10:50 a.m.-11:40 a.m. Supporting Student Success:  Where to Go and What to Expect, moderated by Vanessa Beasley, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs &  Dean of Residential Faculty

  • There are many offices on campus whose staff are eager to help your student have a great year.  Learn more about what your student can expect from these offices as well as the best ways to access their resources this year. Representatives from the Dean of Students Office, the Career Center, Office of Immersion Resources, University Public Safety, and the Residential Colleges will be available to share information about their areas and answer your questions.

11:40 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Break

11:45 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. Student Success at Vanderbilt: Perspectives from Our Current Students, moderated by Vanessa Beasley, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs & Dean of Residential Faculty

  • Upper-division students from the four undergraduate schools will share their stories and their strategies for success both in and outside of the classroom. Join us for this lively and informative panel as students discuss their experiences pursuing research, exploring Immersion Vanderbilt, and balancing their time as scholars, leaders, mentors, and peers.

12:35 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Closing remarks by Vice Provost Beasley

Zoom In Fridays

Residential Colleges hosts a summer webinar series called Zoom In Fridays to help incoming students become familiar with campus resources. Links to the Summer 2021 webinars can be found below.

Zoom in Friday with the Campus Connection Program (July 9, 2021)

Zoom in Friday with the Office of the University Registrar (July 15, 2021)

Zoom in Friday with the Office of Immersion Resources (July 23, 2021)

Zoom in Friday with the Office of Student Organizations, Leadership, and Service (July 30, 2021)

The Hub

The Hub is Vanderbilt’s student information portal, providing one centralized access point through which undergraduate students can locate the resources they need to reach their academic, co-curricular, and personal goals. Click the link below to access The Hub.

Access The Hub


Return to Campus Helpline                                                                                  (615) 322-4357

Parent and Family Helpline                                                                                  (877) 887-2736