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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.


First VU

At Vanderbilt University, approximately 9% of undergraduate students identify as first-generation student (i.e., neither parent has a bachelor’s degree).  First VU is a student-focused endeavor to support and celebrate first-generation students at Vanderbilt. First-generation students are an important part of our community and contribute to the diversity of our amazing undergraduate student population.

Transfer Students

Transition Programs seek to help connect transfer students to various campus resources, provide social and academic support and to help ensure that students making the transition to Vanderbilt are able to successfully transition as thriving members of the Vanderbilt Student Community.


Scholars Programs

Transition Programs oversees or serves as campus liaison for a number of scholars programs which are described in full on scholars programs page.