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Announcement: In light of Vanderbilt’s phased approach to re-opening on-campus operations and activities, information on this webpage has been updated to reflect the new timelines for enrollment and orientation processes. Please note that all CommonVU Orientation activities will take place virtually through the Brightspace learning management system. For more information and updates, please visit or call the Fall 2020 Helpline at (615) 322- 4357.

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, 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.

Learn more about the residential college experience by watching the First-Year Residential Student Webinar, hosted by Dean of The Ingram Commons, Melissa Gresalfi. Dean Gresalfi, along with staff from The Office of Residential Experience, Vanderbilt Campus Dining, and a few Faculty Heads of House gives insight to CommonVU Orientation logistics, Vanderbilt Visions, first-year seminars, and what life will look and feel on campus.

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 can click here to read 2020 The Road online. For specific details regarding first-year student move-in, click here.


CommonVU Orientation

The required CommonVU Orientation will take place virtually via Vanderbilt’s learning management system, Brightspace. Orientation will include modules 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 the Class of 2025. Additionally, you will meet your student and faculty VUceptors who will serve as guides throughout your first semester at Vanderbilt. Click here for the 2020 Becoming a ‘Dore to learn more information about CommonVU Orientation and the resources at Vanderbilt.

Parent and Family Orientation Fall 2020

Tuesday, August 18, 7:00pm CT: Orientation to The Ingram Commons

Since 2008, The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons has provided a unique first-year experience that guides students through their transition to college. You’ll hear from the Dean and Associate Dean of The Ingram Commons, a current Faculty Head of House, a student VUceptor, and a Resident Adviser to gain insight into how The Ingram Commons structure will provide your student with both roots and wings during their first year: roots in a community of care and wings to soar at Vanderbilt. This session is open to all incoming first-year student parents and families.

Click here to view the recording of this panel.

Thursday, August 20, 7:00pm CT: Supporting your Student in Uncharted Territory: First-Generation Students and Families

This panel is for any family that doesn’t have personal experience attending a four-year college or university in the United States. Supporting your student to thrive in a situation that is totally novel to you is a daunting task. In this panel we will discuss some common scenarios that students tend to encounter in their first year. You’ll hear advice and insight from two first-generation students, the faculty adviser of First VU, a member of the Office of Inclusive Excellence, and a current parent of an upper-division first-generation student. This session is open to all incoming first-year and transfer student parents and families.

Click here to view the recording of this panel.

Sunday, August 23, 1:00pm CT: Health, Safety, and Wellness: Communicating with VU and Your New Student

Student support at Vanderbilt includes a vast network of professionals from our student services offices who work to keep your student healthy and safe. Representatives from the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Housing and Residential Experience, the University Counseling Center, Vanderbilt University Public Safety, Student Health Center, and Community Standards and Student Support area of the Dean of Students Office will explain the role their offices play in our student care network. This session is open to all incoming first-year and transfer student parents and families.

Click here to view the recording of this panel.

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 recordings of the summer 2020 webinars can be found below.

Zoom In Friday with the Office of the University Registrar (July 17, 2020)

Zoom in Friday with the Student Care Network (July 24, 2020)

Zoom in Friday with the Office of Immersion Resources (July 31, 2020)

Zoom in Friday with the Campus Connections Program (August 7, 2020)

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 here to access The Hub.

Fall 2020 Helpline                                                                                                  (615) 322-4357
Parent and Family Helpline                                                                                  (877) 887-2736