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CommonVU Orientation

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.

What to Expect

The required CommonVU Orientation offers activities and programs for first-year students to introduce them to the living-learning communities of their houses and The Ingram Commons, the faculties and academic classes of their schools, the norms and values of the Vanderbilt community, upper-division students and their organizations, and Nashville.

The virtual CommonVU Orientation includes modules and activities to help you start your journey at Vanderbilt. You will meet your faculty and student VUceptors and your Vanderbilt Visions group, meet with the academic deans of your specific school, and learn about Vanderbilt’s prestigious tradition of honor and integrity. You will experience True Life, a presentation and discussion facilitated by members of VUcept, and hear about the many campus resources available to you. You’ll prepare for the start of classes by speaking with university faculty on what to expect from your Vanderbilt education, inside and outside of the classroom. CommonVU Orientation encourages you to broaden your networks and engage with one another, faculty, staff, and upper-division students.

2019 Schedule

See below for an abbreviated schedule from 2019. To review the complete CommonVU 2019 schedule, click here .

 Tuesday, August 13- Saturday, August 17:

 International Student Pre-Orientation

Saturday, August 17

Move-In Day

  • Move into house
  • Pick up student ID (Commodore Card)
  • Meet faculty head of house and house residential staff
  • University Resource and Services Fair
  • Welcome by College and School Deans
  • Various information sessions
  • House dinners
  • Mandatory floor and house meetings with resident advisers and Faculty Heads (students only)

Sunday, August 18

Dean’s Reception and Farewell Breakfast

Parents and Family Orientation (for parents and family members only)

  • Departure of parents and families

All events from here on are for students only

  • Vanderbilt Visions group meetings
  • House community building activities
  • Founders Walk and picnic
  • Floor meetings (mandatory)

 Monday, August 19

Introduction to Academic Life at Vanderbilt 

  • Academic adviser meetings
  • Information, testing, and introductory sessions with colleges and schools.
  • Honor Code signing ceremony and discussion

 Tuesday, August 20

The Ingram Commons and Our Community

  • Class Photo
  • True Life Performance & Discussion
  • Professors in the House

Wednesday, August 21

In the Classroom and Beyond

  • First Day of classes

Friday, August 23

Showcasing Student Involvement

  • Student Involvement Fair
  • Spotlight Showcase
  • VPB Palooza

 Saturday, August 24 – Sunday, August 25

Practicing Social Responsibility 

  • Workshops on student accountability, conduct, and community responsibility
  • Class of 2023 Celebration

With additional questions about CommonVU Orientation, please contact the Office of the Dean of The Ingram Commons at or call the Fall 2020 Helpline at (615) 322 – 4357. For more information about the Fall 2020 operations, please visit can also find support by calling the Parent Helpline at (877) 887 – 2736 or emailing