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Transfer Student Orientation

Announcement: In light of Vanderbilt’s phased approach to re-opening on-campus operations and activities, all fall 2020 Transfer Student Orientation activities will take place virtually through the Brightspace learning management system. For more information about the fall 2020 semester, please visit or call the Fall 2020 Helpline at (615) 322- 4357.

Transfer Student Orientation is designed to offer you a robust introduction to life at Vanderbilt. The required orientation program offers 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. Through TSO, you’ll also have the opportunity to connect with Transfer Student Leaders (sophomores, juniors, and seniors who transferred to Vanderbilt themselves) and other incoming transfer students.

The online portion of the program will be available for completion August 15-31 through your Brightspace portal. Additionally, as part of Transfer Student Orientation, incoming transfer students will be invited to attend four synchronous Zoom gatherings with their Transfer Group. These discussions will take place on August 18, August 21, August 24, and August 27. In early August, all incoming transfer students will receive an introductory email or phone call from their TSL, in which they will receive more information about the TSO program and these four Transfer Group meetings.

Finally, the 2020 Transfer Student Orientation program will include two in-person opportunities to engage with the university between August 18 and August 23. One of these opportunities will be small-group campus tours led by orientation leaders. The other will be a drop-by event, wherein transfer students will receive a welcome gift from the university and have the opportunity to meet some of the TSLs face-to-face. Both of these in-person events are completely optional. Students will be required to register for these events in advance and to abide by all COVID-19 guidelines if they choose to attend. More information on how to register for the in-person events will be provided in August.