Transfer Students

Welcome to the next step in your educational journey! Your unique perspective as a transfer student helps strengthen our community as we all come together from different paths to form One Vanderbilt. Be sure to explore our transfer student resources—they’re designed to ensure that your transition to Vanderbilt is both successful and enjoyable.

Transfer Student Resources

Transfer Student Orientation

Transfer Student Orientation is the required orientation program for new transfer students. It is designed to offer 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.

You will also connect with other incoming transfer students and your Transfer Student Leader (a junior or senior who previously transferred to Vanderbilt), who will serve as a guide throughout your first semester at Vanderbilt.

International Transfer Students

All incoming transfer students must attend Transfer Student Orientation. As an international transfer student, you are welcome to attend International Student Orientation.

Transfer Credits

The External Education Unit will review previous course work for newly admitted students once official final transcripts from other 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 facilitate the evaluation process. If course information cannot be found, the External Education Unit will send you an email to request the necessary information.

Transfer Student Social Media

Follow @TransfersofVU on Instagram and join the Transfer Hub, found within the Vanderbilt Admitted Student Community, to connect with other incoming transfer students and Transfer Student Leaders.

Transfer Connect

Transfer Connect, a student organization, offers support, guidance and community to transfer students throughout their transition to academic and student life at Vanderbilt. Transfer Connect puts together transfer group meetings during Transfer Student Orientation, hosts ongoing programming open to all transfer students and oversees the Transfer Student Leaders.

Over the summer, incoming transfer students will be assigned a TSL who will serve as their guide at orientation and their peer mentor throughout the fall semester.


While most information on the Welcome Website applies to all students, move-in for transfer students differs from first-year student move-in. Transfer student move-in is Friday, August 18. Transfer Students will be provided with a specific afternoon move-in time with their room assignment information. Move-in times will range from 1:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Room assignment information will be emailed to all incoming transfer and exchange students on or around August 10, 2023.

Additional move-in information, including what to bring and renters insurance can be found on the move-in page.