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New Student Orientation for Spring Admits

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Congratulations on your admission to Vanderbilt! We are thrilled that you’ve chosen to become a Commodore and we cannot wait to have you join us on campus. We know that preparing to move to a new collegiate environment is both exciting and stressful, for students and parents. Lots of planning, decisions, and deadlines are ahead. On this page, you will find resources to help you make a smooth transition to campus and to have a successful and enjoyable first semester at Vanderbilt.

Preparing for Move-In

As you get ready to move to Nashville, you are expected to manage your academic responsibilities, social obligations, and medical needs. All of those details can be overwhelming. To help you prepare, visit the Housing and Residential Experience website. Mid-Year Enrollees may move in beginning on January 4, 2024. You are also invited to review the 2023 version of The Road to Vanderbilt. While the dates and deadlines will be different for you, the steps to consider are the same.

Spring 2024 New Student Orientation Schedule

New Student Orientation is mandatory for all new undergraduates and will be held on January 7, 2024. Orientation will include sessions to help you prepare for your Vanderbilt journey. Through orientation, you will learn more about the academic expectations at Vanderbilt, be introduced to extracurricular opportunities and campus resources, and get to know other students. Click the link below to view the schedule:

Spring 2024 Orientation Schedule 

Resources for Parents and Families

Parents and families are encouraged to review the recording of Parents and Family Orientation from August 2023 for more information about life at Vanderbilt. Parents and Family Orientation included sessions on the following topics.

  • Welcome and Remarks from Chancellor Daniel Diermeier
  • Health, Safety, and Wellness: Communicating with VU and Your Student
  • Academics, Immersion, and Professional Development: Exploring the Student Experience

View a recording of the session (skip to 28:20 for formal beginning)

Additional Questions

With additional questions about New Student Orientation, please contact Director of the First-Year Experience Natalee Erb or call the New Student Hotline at (615) 322-4948. Parents and families can also find support by calling the Parent Helpline at (877) 887-2736 or emailing