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Transfer Families

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Transfer students and families are an important part of Vanderbilt.

As the parent or family member of a transfer student, there’s a lot you’ve already learned about what it means to support your student in their education journey. Vanderbilt recognizes that although transfer students and parents are not new to the college experience, they are new to our campus community. We want to make sure you have all the tools and information you need to help your student’s transition be as seamless and successful as possible.

A good place to start: Your New VU. Inside, you’ll find a comprehensive source of information specifically curated for transfer students and their families. It outlines the requirements you must complete prior to your arrival on campus, important guidance about your transition into the university, and the many opportunities and resources Vanderbilt has to offer.

Transfer Parent Commodore Connection Newsletters

Over the summer, the Parents and Family office will send dedicated emails to transfer families, each with important information about your student’s upcoming arrival on campus. Starting in September of your student’s incoming year, you will receive a monthly newsletter that goes to all undergraduate parents until your student’s graduation.

If you are not receiving our monthly Commodore Connection newsletters, please email us at and we will add you to our distribution list.

Your New VU Webinar Series

The Office of Student Transitions and Community Engagement host several webinars to learn about vital campus resources for incoming transfer students.

June 29, 2022 | Campus Reading and Summer Timeline
Presented by Dr. Jill Stratton,  Assistant Provost for Residential Education and Associate Dean for Residential Colleges; Roshaunda Ross-Orta, Director of Student Transitions and Community Engagement
View the recording here.

July 13, 2022 | Transfer Credit Course Review
Presented by Bart Quinet, Assistant Provost and University Registrar; Molly Thompson, Senior Associate University Registrar
View the recording here.

July 22, 2022 | What I Wish I Knew as a VU Transfer Student: Panel Discussion
Presented by Grace Hollis, Program Coordinator of Student Transitions and Community Engagement; Transfer Student Leader Panelists
View the recording here.

August 10, 2022 | Transfer Student Orientation and Transition Programs
Presented by Roshaunda Ross-Orta, Director of Student Transitions and Community Engagement
View the recording here.

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Vanderbilt University is always looking to add dynamic, academically motivated students to our residential community – and transfer students are no different. Each fall, approximately 220-240 transfer students join the Vanderbilt Community, contributing their talents, interests, and experiences. If your student is admitted and chooses to enroll, you’ll find our community to be diverse, welcoming, and academically enriching as you complete your undergraduate degree.

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Transfer Student Orientation is designed to offer you a robust introduction to life at Vanderbilt, including informational sessions and small-group discussions that will help you navigate your academic program, campus resources, extracurricular activities, and student life on Vanderbilt’s campus. Additionally, there will be Parent and Family Orientation sessions for parents to learn about the intricacies of Vanderbilt University.

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Transfer Groups

Vanderbilt recognizes that although transfer students are not new to the college experience, they are new to our campus community. Coming to a new university can be daunting. To assist with making that transition, all incoming transfer students will be assigned to a transfer group. These groups – each of which is comprised of approximately 8-10 transfer students – meet throughout Transfer Student Orientation.

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Connect on Social Media

Follow @TransfersofVU on Instagram

Join our Vanderbilt Parents & Families Facebook Group

Transfer Credit Course Review

The External Education Unit will review previous course work for newly admitted students once official final transcripts from any prior institution(s) are received. Courses that are already listed in the Transfer Credit Search tool, available through Your Enrollment Services (YES), will be posted to your Vanderbilt record. For courses taken elsewhere that have not been evaluated by Vanderbilt, the External Education Unit will seek course syllabi and facilitate the evaluation process for you.

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Transfer Student FAQs

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Campus contacts

Student Transitions and Community Engagement

Housing and Residential Experience



Office of Student Accounts


Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships

(615) 322-3591

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