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The Road to Vanderbilt 2023


Welcome to the Vanderbilt family! We are honored you have chosen to join our university and the dynamic community on The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons. Whether you are a new student or their family, The Road to Vanderbilt will be an information source for the next several months.

We know you likely have questions regarding the fall semester. We encourage you to visit the university's website frequently,, as information is updated there regularly. The website will include the most recent and definitive updates to deadlines, processes, and other important dates listed in the print copy of The Road

The Road was designed to give you a glimpse into your first year at Vanderbilt and will help guide the decisions ahead of you. It will provide essential information about the mandatory CommonVU Orientation, fall course registration, and the housing assignment process, and explain how and when to turn in required forms.

We also introduce you to "The Commons Experience," in which you, your peers, and the faculty heads of house will live and learn together, shaping unique communities and sharing meaningful experiences. The Road will help you learn more about our support systems for student health, wellness and safety, and explore the wide range of opportunities that make up Vanderbilt student life.

The Road maps out the requirements you must complete prior to arrival, important guidance about your transition into the university, and the many resources and opportunities Vanderbilt offers during your first year. Use the checklist included in The Road to complete the steps necessary to make a smooth transition to Vanderbilt. This will help you get ready to take your place on The Ingram Commons, which is the first step in Vanderbilt's growing residential college system and its programs, all intentionally designed to support learning both inside and outside the classroom.

Again, congratulations to you and your family on your admission to Vanderbilt! Our entire community looks forward to greeting you.


Douglas L. Christiansen, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for University Enrollment Affairs
Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Associate Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education

Tiffiny A. Tung, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
Gertrude Conaway Professor of Social and Natural Sciences
Professor of Anthropology