Welcome to The Road to Vanderbilt

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Accepted students may expect the printed Road by mail in the coming weeks.

Using this site

This site was designed to be easily accessed via computer, tablet, or phone. You can use the menu at the top of your screen to access different chapters of The Road, or use the full table of contents at the bottom of this page.


Click here to download an easy to read PDF of The Road.

Dear Students and Families of the Class of 2020,

Welcome to the Vanderbilt family! We are honored that you have chosen to join our university and the dynamic living and learning community of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons. We will welcome you here in person on Move-In Day, Saturday, August 20. Until then, and whether you are a new student or parent, The Road to Vanderbilt is your key information resource for the next several months. It maps out the requirements that you must complete prior to arrival, important information about your transition into the university, and the many resources and opportunities Vanderbilt will a afford you during your first year. 

Read the five chapters of The Road and discuss as a family the decisions ahead of you. Chapter 1 highlights key information about fall course registration, the housing assignment process, required immunization forms, and an overview of our required orientation, called CommonVU, which starts on Move-In Day. All first-year students must be present on campus beginning that day. Chapter 2 introduces you to what students here call The Commons experience, the living-learning communities you will help build in your houses this year and the faculty heads of house who will live alongside you. Chapter 3 features Vanderbilt academics and the faculties and support services that provide them their excellence. Chapter 4 discusses the systems we have in place to assure student health, wellness, and safety, as well as our concern that students learn to care for each other. The last chapter takes a look at the wide range of opportunities that make up Vanderbilt student life—everything from campus resources to student organizations. 

We encourage you to use the checklist included on this page to ensure you complete the steps necessary to make a smooth transition to Vanderbilt.

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


Handwritten signature
Handwritten signature
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
Vanessa B. Beasley, Ph.D.
Dean of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons
Associate Professor of Communication Studies

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