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Vanderbilt Visions


Announcement: In light of Vanderbilt’s phased approach to re-opening on-campus operations and activities, all Vanderbilt Visions groups will meet virtually. For more information and updates about the Fall 2020 semester, please visit or call the Fall 2020 Helpline at (615) 322- 4357.

What is Vanderbilt Visions?

Vanderbilt Visions allows groups of new students to discover college life together.

All first-year students will be assigned to one of 93 Visions groups. These groups—each of which is made up of about 18 first-year students—meet frequently throughout the fall semester. Visions groups help you form strong connections and support networks with classmates across different houses, schools, perspectives, and geographical backgrounds and assist with your transition to becoming a successful college student. Visions also connects you with a faculty member and an upper-division student peer mentor, called faculty and student VUceptors.

Visions encourages you and your classmates to express your questions, ideas, and opinions and learn from and with each other. Any topic is welcome—Visions is what you and your group make it.

All Visions groups share a required program syllabus. Sessions use small group discussion so you can jointly discover:

  • what college life entails, both academically and socially,
  • the required basic skills and available university resources that support your academic and personal success at Vanderbilt,
  • the challenges of maintaining physical and mental health that confront new students living on their own for the first time, and
  • an awareness about the new ideas, perspectives, and experiences of the diverse community at Vanderbilt and the individual role each of us plays in promoting an inclusive and supportive environment.

Visions groups meet weekly throughout the fall semester for 50-minutes.

Who are the VUceptors?

VUceptor training and group photo
VUcept is part of the team that administrates Vanderbilt Visions, a core curriculum aspect of the first year at Vanderbilt.
(Vanderbilt Photo / Daniel Dubois)

Visions is led by 93 teams of faculty and student mentors, called VUceptors.

Your faculty and student mentors have chosen to become VUceptors because they are dedicated to assisting and learning from first-year students. Your faculty VUceptor may come from any one of the ten undergraduate and professional schools and colleges at Vanderbilt and your student mentor is an upper-division student from one of the four undergraduate schools.

Applying complementary skills sets, your VUceptors model a dynamic and meaningful professor-student interaction and help to create a mutually beneficial learning environment for everyone as they foster your group’s discovery of the personal, social, and academic community values of Vanderbilt University.

VUceptors work collaboratively with International Orientation Leaders and Transfer Student Leaders to welcome all new undergraduate students to campus each year.

Over the summer, you can expect to receive an email and a phone call from your student VUceptor (usually in early August). Your student VUceptor can answer questions you might have about coming to Vanderbilt and what to expect on Move-In Day.

Become a student or faculty VUceptor!

Visions Group Assignments

Visions is a required fall-semester, university-core program.  All first-year students will receive a Visions group assignment on Your Enrollment Services (YES) in mid-July. Visions groups meet virtually Monday through Thursday in the morning, afternoon, or evening (the schedule varies by day). In making Visions group assignments, your class schedule will be considered to ensure that you are available to attend regularly.  Groups are intentionally designed to introduce you to a diverse group of students whom you may not meet otherwise.

Up until early August, your Visions group assignment is not finalized and you may notice changes in YES as we balance groups and resolve class conflicts.  All conflicts with course in which you are enrolled or for which you have been waitlisted will automatically be resolved.

You may request a change to your Visions group assignment by emailing for the following reasons: enrolling for a new course, requesting more time between classes for travel (if your classes are in-person), adjustments due to time zone, or admittance to a selective performance group through the Blair School of Music.

You may not select a specific group or individual VUceptors.

With additional questions about the Vanderbilt Visions program or how to get involved as a VUceptor or a campus partner, please contact Associate Director Natalee Erb.

Group Photo of VUcepters