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Transfer Students

Welcome to the College of Arts & Science!

two female students take a selfie in front of bright yellow flowers on campusWherever you started your college journey, we’re excited that you’ve decided to complete your degree with us. In the College of Arts and Science (A&S), you’ll continue your academic progress in a uniquely diverse and interdisciplinary environment.

In the college, you will discover your passions, dive deep into your interests, forge unexpected connections accross disciplines, and learn skills and capacities that will serve you for life.

We're excited to be on this journey with you. 

AXLE (Core Curriculum)

AXLE (Achieving eXcellence in Liberal Education) is the college’s core curriculum for all students entering before Fall 2025. (All students entering in Fall 2025 or later will take the College Core.) AXLE is designed to help you explore our unique breadth of opportunities across the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. You may be able to fulfill some AXLE requirements using transfer credit. Learn more about AXLE.


In the College of Arts and Science, we understand the importance of advising and mentoring to help you make a successful transition to Vanderbilt.

Our transfer advising and mentoring process is as follows:

  • The summer prior to your first semester at Vanderbilt, you will be assigned a temporary adviser based on your intended major.
  • Your temporary adviser will meet with you (virtually) in June to welcome you to Vanderbilt, explain the registration process, and answer any questions you might have.
  • You will register for fall courses during your assigned enrollment window in June. (Please note that this window cannot be changed.)
  • After you arrive on campus, you will meet with the Office of Undergraduate Education to learn how to officially declare your major. Once you declare, you will be assigned a permanent academic adviser in your home department.
  • Once on campus, you will also be assigned to a peer group of other transfer students, led by a Vanderbilt student mentor. Your peer group and mentor will help you make the social and residential transition to Vanderbilt.
Course Credit and Registration

You will register for classes during your assigned enrollment window in June. The University Registrar’s Office (URO) handles all matters related to course credit and registration, including transfer credit course review. You may contact the URO directly at (615) 322-7701 or

In addition, review the course registration instructions for transfer students to help you register for classes.

 Academic Resources

Vanderbilt and the College of Arts and Science offer a number of resources to help you succeed academically. See below for helpful academic resources that may come in handy during your time at A&S. If you need additional information or have other questions, please contact your academic adviser.

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Academic calendars 

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Undergraduate Catalog

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Your Guide to AXLE and CASPAR


See a comprehensive list of academic support services available to Vanderbilt students.