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Overview of The Ingram Commons

The Idea of Living and Learning Communities

Students study and chat on the Commons Center patio

Education has never been limited just to the classroom. The idea of communal living at university has its roots in the Oxford-Cambridge model in England. Faculty members (fellows) lived with students, taught them, and helped them transform into leaders of their society.

At Vanderbilt, The Ingram Commons connects first-year students, residential faculty, undergraduate resident advisers, experienced staff, students and professors throughout the university, and visitors from across the globe. Together, they create combinations of people and ideas that spark possibilities for discovery, learning, and leadership.

Whether an event, dinner with faculty, musical performance, party, community service, late-night conversation, or a chance encounter, students at The Ingram Commons find ways to challenge their thinking, grow as people, contribute to their university, and learn how to be leaders in our local, national, and global communities.

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