Welcome to Vanderbilt!

Get ready for an exciting week as you settle in as a Commodore! Welcome Week is one of Vanderbilt’s most popular traditions. It’s filled with memorable experiences including Move-In days, Founders Walk, meet and greets and much more.

This week starts your newest chapter—where you will embark upon a lifelong journey of belonging, discovery and growth. Welcome to the Commodore family!

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Event Highlights


Aug. 17, 2022

Orientation begins for international students
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Aug. 19, 2022

Orientation begins for new transfer students 
All Day
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Move-in for new transfer students 

Open at 1 p.m.
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Transfer Student Parent and Family Reception 
For parents and family members only
7:30 p.m. at Student Life Center Board of Trust Room


Aug. 20, 2022

Move-in for new first-year undergraduate students 
Open at 7 a.m.
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Orientation begins for new first-year undergraduate students 
All Day
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Campus Tours 
3:30-5 p.m. at Commons Lawn Tent

University Resources and Services Fair 
4-5 p.m. at Langford Auditorium Pavilion

Parents and Family Orientation 
For parents and family members only 
5:30-8:30 p.m.  at Langford Auditorium


Aug. 21, 2022

Founders Walk
6:30-8:15 p.m. at Alumni Lawn

  • Picnic for first-year students to follow at 8:30 p.m. at the Commons Lawn
  • Picnic for transfer students to follow at 8:15 p.m. at the Student Life Center Back Lawn


Aug. 22, 2022

First-Year Student Academic Orientation 
Various times and locations
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Graduate School Convocation and Orientation 
10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
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Aug. 23, 2022

Class of 2026 Photo 
10:30-11 a.m. at Lower Quad Lawn
Wear your Class of 2026 T-shirt for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in the iconic “2026” photo.


Aug. 26, 2022

Student Involvement Fair 
3-5 p.m. at David Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center Fieldhouse
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Spotlight 2022 
6-9 p.m. at Langford Auditorium

VPB (Vanderbilt Programming Board) Palooza 
9-11 p.m. at the Student Life Center Ballroom


Vanderbilt University Orientation 2022

Vanderbilt welcomes the Class of 2025 at Move-In Day

Vanderbilt Move-In 2022

Founders Walk 2022

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