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Welcome to Transition Programs

Transition Programs is an office in the new Center for Social Justice and Identity located in Sarratt Student Center. We seek to connect students to various campus resources, pro­vide social and academic support, and help ensure that students are making the transition to college. Our office specifically serves first-generation and transfer students, as well as Chancellor’s Scholars, Chicago Scholars, Kipp Scholars, and Quest Bridge Scholars. We want to ensure that students are able to successfully become thriving members of the Vanderbilt community.

To the first-generation college students, we want to celebrate your abilities, your strength, and your resilience. We want to ensure that your transition to Vanderbilt is smooth and seamless and we strive to connect you and your family to our many resources.


  • To  improve the quality of academic and social life for the students we serve;

  • To  support University efforts for improving retention and graduation rates;

  • To  encourage meaningful engagement and promote self-advocacy and empowerment;

  • To design and implement programming that enables the successful transition of students to Vanderbilt.