Browse questions by topic: Course Enrollment | Grades & Academic Progress | Research & Internships | Academic Standing/Status
A: Check the hold notification to find out what kind of hold it is. See the list below for how to have that type of hold removed.
- Adviser hold: speak with your academic adviser
- Registrar hold: contact the Office of Undergraduate Education (email@example.com)
- Immunization hold: contact the Student Health Center
- Student account hold: contact the Office of Student Accounts
Q: I need to register for courses, but my adviser is on leave/out of the country/unreachable. What do I do?
A: Contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies for your adviser’s department.
A: Usually, no. However, you may petition the A&S Administrative Committee for an exception to this policy. Email the Office of Undergraduate Education (firstname.lastname@example.org) to request a petition form.
Grades, Academic Progress & Graduation
A: See the quality points scale below to determine the points associated with each course grade. Multiply each course’s quality points by the number of credit hours earned for the course. Add together the total quality points for each course, then divide by your total number of credit hours.
Quality Points Scale:
A = 4.0
A- = 3.7
B+ = 3.3
B = 3.0
B- = 2.7
C+ = 2.3
C = 2.0
C- = 1.7
D+ = 1.3
D = 1.0
D- = 0.70
F = 0.0
A: A minimum GPA of 3.50 while carrying 12 or more graded credit hours, with no temporary or missing grades in any course (credit or non-credit) and no grade of F.
A: Current students can request transcripts through YES. Former students can request transcripts through the Office of the Registrar.
A: Yes. This information is available through your online degree audit in YES.
- Sophomore standing: 24 hours
- Junior standing: 54 hours
- Senior standing: 84 hours
- Graduation: 120 hours
Note that there are additional requirements for class standing and graduation, such as minimum GPA and AXLE requirements. See the Undergraduate Catalog or speak to your academic adviser for details.
A: Contact your academic adviser for assistance resolving any issues with your degree audit.
A: Senior reexamination may be available if (1) you have failed only one course in your final semester, (2) the failing grade will prevent you from graduating, AND (3) passing the reexamination will enable you to pass the course. If you believe your situation meets these criteria, contact the Office of Undergraduate Education (email@example.com) to make an appointment with one of the associate deans, who must approve reexamination.
A: Check your degree audit in YES and speak with your academic adviser to verify that all graduation requirements will be satisfied by the end of the semester in which you wish to graduate. Then complete the Change of Graduation Date section of the Undergraduate Major/Minor Declaration form and submit the form to the Office of Undergraduate Education (firstname.lastname@example.org). Note that requests to graduate early are subject to the approval of the college’s Administrative Committee.
A: Vanderbilt grants Latin honors to graduating seniors whose GPAs exceed those of the top 25 percent of the previous year’s graduating class.
- Summa cum laude: Students whose GPA meets or exceeds that of the top 5 percent of the previous year’s graduating seniors.
- Magna cum laude: Students whose GPA meets or exceeds that of the next 8 percent of the previous year’s graduating seniors.
- Cum laude: Students whose GPA meets or exceeds that of the next 12 percent of the previous year’s graduating seniors.
A: Requirements vary by department. Check the department’s website, talk to your academic adviser, or ask the department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies for details.
Research & Internships
A: The best way to find undergraduate research opportunities is through the Office of Immersion Resources (OIR). Explore the Immersion Hub for options or contact the OIR directly for more information.
Our faculty also welcome direct inquiries from undergraduates who have a serious interest in research. Feel free to email your professors or approach them after class to ask about research opportunities.
A: The Vanderbilt Career Center is the best resource for finding internships.
A: Yes, if you enroll in an internship course. These courses are offered by specific departments, and internships usually must be approved by the department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies. Check with your academic adviser or see the Undergraduate Catalog for more information.
Academic Standing, Enrollment Status & Leaves of Absence
A: Due to federal privacy regulations, you must submit a signed request to have a certification of enrollment sent to another organization (such as an insurance company, scholarship agency, etc.). Certifications of enrollment must be requested through the Office of the Registrar.
A: Your first step should be to reach out to the instructor and/or TA for the class. All faculty and TAs have office hours during which they are available to meet one-on-one with students. Depending on your situation, you may also benefit from assistance through one of the university’s tutoring centers, a peer-to-peer or subject-specific program, the Heard Libraries, or another option. See the Academic Support section of our website for more details.