Resources For Incoming Freshmen

As an incoming Vanderbilt student, you should familiarize yourself with Anchor Link. You will use the platform constantly during your time at Vanderbilt, and it is a great resource to get acquainted with student organizations, Vanderbilt sponsored events, and news on campus.

There are currently over 500 student organizations at Vanderbilt, but if a org does not exist, any student can take the initiative to start one themselves!

Relay for Life, Dance Marathon, Vanderbilt Student Government and VandyHacks are a few of the most popular student organizations on campus.

All freshman are required to participate in Vanderbilt Visions, which is a major component of freshman orientation. In your Visions group, you will discuss a range of topics including what college life entails and how to succeed at Vanderbilt, both socially and academically.

“Starting on Move-In Weekend, Visions groups help you form strong connections and support networks with classmates across different houses, schools, perspectives, and geographical backgrounds and assist with your transition to becoming a successful college student. Visions also connects you with a faculty member and an upper-division student peer mentor, called faculty and student VUceptors.”

“The mission of the Black Cultural Center (BCC) is to enhance the Vanderbilt experience of Black students, faculty, and staff by providing effective programming and resources to address the academic, cultural, well being, and social needs of the community we serve. ”

The BCC is an essential resource for Vanderbilt and the greater Nashville community that seeks to highlight Black history, accomplishments, and culture. Their programs and partnerships promote greater cultural understanding, allyship, and appreciation for equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Life at Vanderbilt University

“The LGBTQI Life is a place of affirmation for individuals of all identities, and a resource for information and support about gender and sexuality. The Center serves all members of the Vanderbilt community — students, faculty, staff, and alums — by creating educational, cultural, and social opportunities. The office also supports and advises LGBTQI-related campus groups and activities.”

Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center serves as an affirming space for women on campus. The Women’s Center actively resists sexism and all forms of oppression by providing resources and educational programming.

You can find free feminine and sexual products at the Women’s Center, as well emotional support.

The University Counseling Center provides holistic, inclusive, and accessible mental health and prevention services to support academic and personal success for the Vanderbilt community.

Clinical Services are available Monday – Friday, 8AM – 4PM for drop-in or appointment consultations. You may call the crisis hotline, (615) 322-257, Monday – Friday, 10AM – 3PM.  

Project Safe is here for those impacted by gender and sexual harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking and more.”

One-page resource list on Vanderbilt’s Sexual Misconduct Support and Resources

24-Hour Crisis/Support Hotline: (615) 322-SAFE (7233)

“Make a prototype invention or create a work of art with the tools and materials in our makerspaces. Start a company with help from our entrepreneurship programs. Experience new and upcoming technologies or explore new fields of study at one of our workshops. If you can dream it, the Wond’ry can help you do it.”

Practice areas include social innovations, entrepreneurship, innovation and design research, making and advanced prototyping. At the Wond’ry, anything is possible!

The Curb Center For Art, Enterprise & Public Policy is a national policy center committed to research and learning which challenges education, policy, and arts leaders to rethink the role of creative and cultural expression in contemporary society.”

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