New Student Information
“Seeing the crowds of students cheering for me and my family during Move-In Day was the greatest welcoming gift I’ve ever received. My parents were thrilled that we had help getting boxes to my new room, and I was amazed by the community I felt at The Commons on my very first day.”
– Justin Andujar, ’19, VUcept President
Welcome to the Vanderbilt family!
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 2023!
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 matriculated students should receive the printed copy of The Road to Vanderbilt starting in early May 2019. The 2020 CommonVU Orientation schedule will be posted in August 2020.
The required CommonVU Orientation week begins with Move-In Day (August 17, 2019), and its 1100-member Move Crew, and includes activities for parents and celebratory house dinners. The week introduces you to the living and learning communities of your houses and The Ingram Commons, the faculties and academic classes of your schools and colleges, the norms and values of the Vanderbilt community, upperclass undergraduates and their student organizations, and the city of Nashville. Click here for InsiderVU to learn more information about CommonVU Orientation and the resources at Vanderbilt.
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, iSeminars, and The Commons Cup, you can get to know your classmates, university faculty and upperclass students. You will also have the chance to enjoy campus traditions including the Fall for the Arts program, The Commons Winter Ball, and the End-of-Year Commons Celebration. For more information about these programs, click here.