Families of Transfer Students

Welcome! We're Glad You're Here!

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.


Parents of transfer students are in a unique position. Starting at a new school inevitably comes with uncertainty. Vanderbilt offered many resources to make the transition seamless and welcoming. Now she is thriving, and we enjoy being part of the Vanderbilt community.

Leslie Ilany,
Class of 2024 Transfer Parent

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.

See upcoming webinar information here.

Links to attend upcoming webinars will be sent through the Commodore Connection and incoming new student communications.

2023 Webinar Recordings

  • June 14, 2023 | Campus Reading and Summer Timeline

    Presented by Melissa Gresalfi, Ph.D., Dean of Residential Colleges and Residential Education; Roshaunda Ross-Orta, Director of Upper-Division Engagement, Residential Colleges

    View the recording here.

  • June 28, 2023 | Transfer Credit Course Review

    Presented by Molly Thompson, Senior Associate University Registrar

    View the recording here.

  • July 12, 2023 | Being YOU at VU: Exploring Your Identity on Campus

    Presented by Roshaunda Ross-Orta, Director of Upper-Division Engagement, Residential Colleges; Identity Center Directors

    View the recording here

  • July 26, 2023 | What I Wish I Knew as a VU Transfer Student: Tips from TSLs

    Presented by Grace Hollis, Program Coordinator, Residential Colleges; Transfer Student Leader Panelists

    View the recording here

  • August 9, 2023 | Transfer Student Orientation and Transition Programs

    Presented by Roshaunda Ross-Orta, Director of Upper-Division Engagement, Residential Colleges; Grace Hollis, Program Coordinator, Residential Colleges

    View the recording here

More to Explore

  • Admissions

    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.


  • Orientation

    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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Connect on Social Media

    Follow @TransfersofVU on Instagram

    Join our Vanderbilt Parents & Families Facebook Group

  • Transfer Student FAQs

Campus Contacts

Still, need help finding what you're looking for? We'll be happy to point you in the right direction! Feel free to send us an email at parents@vanderbilt.edu.