All you need to know about getting ready for Vanderbilt classes
All you need to know about getting ready for Vanderbilt classes
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Commodore Connection | May 2022
Welcome back to the Commodore Connection!
You’ll receive this special series every month until Move-In Day in August. Once your student is on campus, you’ll receive a regular monthly edition that is sent to all undergraduate parents and families. Each issue will feature an important theme related to your student’s preparations to begin classes in the fall and a personal message from a member of university leadership who will play a large role in your student’s academic and personal well-being during their time at Vanderbilt. Plus, the conversation continues in our Vanderbilt Parents and Families Facebook group, which we encourage you to join. 

Welcome Letter from Vanessa B. Beasley 

Dear Vanderbilt families,
Welcome to Vanderbilt! Having attended Vanderbilt as an undergraduate, it is my distinct pleasure to congratulate you on becoming members of our Commodore community. 
In my role as vice provost for academic affairs, I oversee the campus units that offer experiential learning inside and outside of the classroom. Two of the best examples of our commitment to undergraduate education are our residential colleges and Immersion Vanderbilt. As you start your journey at Vanderbilt, I want to make sure you know more about both. 
If you’ve been on campus lately, you’ve probably noticed that we continue to build our residential colleges. That’s because we believe strongly in the educational model of these communities. We know our students will be challenged in their courses at Vanderbilt; after all, our faculty are leaders in their fields. Yet we know learning happens when peers and mentors get together to share a meal, tell their stories and encourage each other to “dare to grow,” as our university’s motto suggests. These interactions are at the heart of our residential college system. First-year students reside in a house on The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons and then may apply to move to a residential college for their sophomore year and beyond. Led by faculty members who choose to live in residence, our residential colleges are designed to foster an intentional, mutually beneficial educational experience that allows students to pursue their goals within a supportive community. 
At Vanderbilt, we also believe in the power of experiential learning. Through our distinctive Immersion Vanderbilt degree requirement, we make sure that every student has the opportunity to integrate what they are learning in our classrooms with unique experiences that take them outside, often literally, of our academic buildings. Supported by professional advisers and faculty mentors, students may choose to participate in an intensive internship, creative project, international experience or research opportunity that culminates in the completion of a capstone project. Immersion Vanderbilt enables our students to build on their interests and passions through an experience tailored just for them. To learn more, watch this webinar or visit the Immersion website.
In addition to these opportunities, my office provides academic support of all kinds to our students. Recognizing that academic success is built on students’ emotional and social well-being, our goal is to place students’ identities, interests and developmental needs at the center of our programming and resources. 
I invite you to learn more about the information sessions available throughout the summer for students and families. Please see below for details on upcoming opportunities and, again, welcome to Vanderbilt. 

Vanessa B. Beasley 
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of Residential Faculty
Summer Orientation

Summer orientation opportunities for students and their families

There will be two webinar offerings over the summer:

Welcome to the Vanderbilt Family | May 25, 2022, 6-7 p.m. CT
The Ingram Commons Dean Melissa Gresalfi will welcome the Class of 2026 and provide an overview of the checklist of items each student should plan to complete before arriving in the fall. She will outline essential information found in The Road to Vanderbilt and answer questions live.

Life on The Ingram Commons | July 20, 2022, 6-7 p.m. CT
Join Dean Gresalfi and a panel of campus partners for a discussion about what to expect upon arrival in the fall. Panelists include representatives from Campus Dining, the Office of the Dean of Students, the Office of Housing and Residential Experience, the Office of the University Registrar, residential colleges and the Student Care Network. 
Learn More and Register

Connect with residential colleges on Instagram

InforMAYtional Series
Throughout the month of May, residential colleges have been posting short videos to the residential colleges Instagram page. These videos feature student leaders briefly sharing information on a few topics we think will be helpful for you to know before the start of the school year. Be sure to visit @rescolleges on Instagram for past videos and check back in each week of May for more information!

The More VU Know Series
Beginning on June 6 and running through Aug. 15, residential colleges will host an Instagram Live every Monday at 3 p.m. CT with campus partners. Topics have been scheduled to align with the checklist that new students need to complete over the summer. The schedule and recordings of sessions after they have concluded can be found at (click on “Summer Webinars”).

Academic resources

There are many resources available on campus and within each school to help your student succeed. These include Tutoring Services, The Writing Studio, the Center for Student Wellbeing, the Career CenterLibrary Services and many more.
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Academic Advising

Academic advising is offered through the school or college in which your student is enrolled. In late May or early June, students will receive a registration packet with detailed instructions about the registration process and academic advising. We strongly encourage you to allow your students to take ownership in this process, as it sets the stage for their academic experience.

Registration open enrollment period (July 20–Sept. 6)

The registration system opens July 20 so students can make adjustments to their schedules. The last day to add/drop a class is Sept. 6.
For additional information, please click on the appropriate college or school below.

Student Accounts e-billing

Vanderbilt student billing notifications are sent electronically to the student’s Vanderbilt email account. Students are responsible for granting access to parents, guardians and other payers.

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Tuition Payment Options

Vanderbilt student billing notifications are sent electronically to the student’s Vanderbilt email account. Students are responsible for granting access to parents, guardians and other payers.

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Ordering Textbooks

Students can access their list of required textbooks through their YES account after registering for classes. The Vanderbilt Bookstore offers books in a variety of formats, from new and used to digital and custom books. Returns can be made during the first week of classes for any reason and during the drop/add period if your student drops a course.

Reasonable Accomodations 

Vanderbilt University aims to provide an accessible educational experience for all students. Student Access provides reasonable accomodations for students with disabilities who encounter barriers to their educational experience. 

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Join us for Family Weekend festivities on campus, Sept. 9–11! Your family is part of ours, and we want to celebrate that with you. Plan to arrive early as many activities begin on that Friday. Registration for Family Weekend will open July 29. We hope you will join us in Nashville for this special weekend to have fun and make memories!
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