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Transfer Students

Welcome to the College of Arts and 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.

Our breadth and depth of courses will satisfy your curiosity, introduce you to new possibilities, and prepare you to tackle society’s biggest problems. Our emphasis on critical thinking, effective communication, and incisive analysis will also equip you for success in a range of professions. Dive in and start exploring!

AXLE (Core Curriculum)

All College of Arts and Science students must fulfill the AXLE (Achieving eXcellence in Liberal Education) core curriculum. It’s designed to help you take full advantage of our unique breadth of opportunities to explore and learn. You may be able to fulfill some AXLE requirements using transfer credit. See the University Registrar’s Office for more information.

Learn more about AXLE.

Advising and Mentoring

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 contact you during the summer to welcome you to Vanderbilt and answer any questions you might have.
  • After you arrive on campus, you will meet with the Office of Undergraduate Education to officially declare your major. You will then 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 courses once you arrive at Vanderbilt. The University Registrar’s Office (URO) handles all matters related to course credit and registration, including transfer credit course review. You may also 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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Academic Orientation for Transfer Students and their Parents (August 16, 2021)

Consent to Release Academic Information Form

Undergraduate Catalog

YES User Guides

Your Guide to AXLE and CASPAR

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