Vanderbilt Visions allows groups of new students to discover college life together.
All first-year students will be assigned to one of 92 Visions groups. These groups—each of which is made up of about eighteen first-year students—meet frequently throughout CommonVU. 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 upperclass student peer mentor, called Faculty and Student VUceptors.
Vanderbilt Visions is a key part of life on The Ingram Commons.
Visions encourages you and your classmates to express your questions, ideas, and opinions and learn from and with each other. Any topic is welcome—Visions is what you and your group make it.
All Visions groups share a program syllabus of required and group-constructed sessions. These sessions use small group discussion so you can jointly discover:
Visions is led by 92 teams of faculty and student mentors, called VUceptors.
Your faculty and student mentors have chosen to become VUceptors because they are dedicated to assisting and learning from first-year students. Your Faculty VUceptor may come from any one of the ten undergraduate and professional schools and colleges at Vanderbilt and your student mentor is a highly successful upperclass student from one of the four undergraduate schools.
Applying complimentary skills sets, your VUceptors model a dynamic and meaningful professor-student interaction and help to create a mutually beneficial learning environment for everyone as they foster your group’s discovery of the personal, social, and academic community values of Vanderbilt University.
A unique feature of Vanderbilt Visions is that our undergraduate peer mentors are also members of the student organization VUcept. VUcept’s mission is to foster relationships among first-year students, upperclass students, and university faculty, and, in so doing, help new students find their place among their classmates, the living-learning communities of The Ingram Commons, and the Vanderbilt undergraduate experience. Student VUceptors reflect the diversity of thought and experience found at Vanderbilt. They are sources of reliable academic and personal advice. They model academic success and personal responsibility. They show how collaborative partnerships with professors are possible.
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