New Student Information
"On the morning of Move-in Day, I was more than a little scared, not knowing anyone else at Vandy. The Commons is such a welcoming and inclusive community though, that by the second night, all I could think was, 'I'm home.'"
- Andrew Brodsky, C'18, East House President
Welcome to the Vanderbilt family!
We are thrilled that you have chosen to begin your four-year journey on The Ingram Commons. Since 2008, when the first class moved in, students have found that life on The Ingram Commons is anything but ordinary. The Ingram Commons is a community of first-year students, residential faculty, undergraduate peer mentors, and professionals who live and learn together. Living on The Ingram Commons, you can explore ideas, have fun, and grow as a person and a citizen. Here, the intellectual and the social intertwine, making this living and learning community one of the most innovative projects in higher education today.
We know that getting ready for college is both exciting and stressful, for students and parents. Lots of planning, decisions, and deadlines are ahead. On this site, you will find all the resources you need to help you make a smooth transition to campus and to have a successful and enjoyable first year at Vanderbilt. Admitted students should be sure to click here for more information from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions about being part of the Class of 2021!
Getting Ready for Move-In Day
As you get ready to head off to college, you are expected to manage your academic responsibilities, social obligations, and medical needs. All those details can be overwhelming. To help you figure out your path to Vanderbilt, we have created The Road to Vanderbilt, a guide that outlines the steps you need to take to get started on your way to Vanderbilt. All matriculated students should expect to receive the printed copy of The Road to Vanderbilt starting in early May 2017. An online version of The Road to Vanderbilt is also available.
The required CommonVU Orientation week begins with Move-In Day (August 19, 2017), and its 700-member Move Crew, and includes activities for parents and celebratory House dinners. The week introduces you to the living and learning communities of your Houses and The Ingram Commons, the faculties and academic classes of your schools and colleges, the norms and values of the Vanderbilt community, upperclass undergraduates and their student organizations, and the city of Nashville. To view the specific CommonVU Orientation schedule for 2016, click here. The specific schedule for 2017 will be available in early August.
Life on The Ingram Commons
Life on The Ingram Commons truly is anything but ordinary. With everything from study groups, impromptu game nights, or floor discussions in your House to a musical evening, community service project, a Commons-wide celebration, or dinner with a notable guest at the Dean's Residence, there is always something to do. Through programs like Vanderbilt Visions, Commons Seminars, the Dean's Book Club, and the Commons Cup, you can get to know your classmates, university faculty and upperclass students. You will also have the chance to enjoy campus traditions including the Fall for the Arts program, the Commons Winter Ball, and the End of Year Commons Celebration. For more information about these programs, click here.