Undergraduate Transfer Students


Vanderbilt University is always looking to add dynamic, academically motivated students to our residential community – and transfer students are no different. Each fall, approximately 210 transfer students join the Vanderbilt Community, contributing their talents, interests, and experiences. If you are admitted and choose to enroll, we trust you’ll find our community to be diverse, welcoming, and challenging as you complete your undergraduate degree. While you are strongly encouraged to meet our March 15 priority application deadline, we’ll continue to review applications on a rolling basis until we close our class in the early summer months.

If after reviewing the information on this page you still have questions, please  contact your admissions officer. We assign admissions officers based on the high school from which you graduated.

Admission to Vanderbilt as a transfer student is highly competitive and based on a number of factors, but it all begins with academic merit. Typically, admitted transfer students have a GPA of a B+/A- or higher, along with competitive test scores, involvement in their current college community, and a compelling reason why Vanderbilt is the right place for them to complete their undergraduate degree.

Students from accredited institutions are welcome to apply for transfer admission. Vanderbilt considers you a transfer student if you have completed the equivalent of at least 12 semester hours of credit, after completing high school (high school degree or GED). Courses taken as dual-enrollment do not count towards these hours if those credits are being used to graduate from your high school program. Admitted transfer students are required to be enrolled for at least four semesters (60 credit hours) to earn a degree from Vanderbilt University.

Since we are a residential campus community, our admission process gives preference to students who have been able to show full-time engagement and full-time enrollment in a similar campus community at their current institution. All parts of the application (academics, test scores, extracurricular involvement, essay, recommendation letters etc.) will be considered as we make our decisions. Because you apply to a specific school at Vanderbilt, fit for a particular school/program will also be considered.

Interviews are not offered to transfer applicants, but our office remains available to answer questions you may have about the application process or our campus community and academic opportunities.

Vanderbilt admits both first-time applicants and transfer applicants to one of our four undergraduate schools:  College of Arts and Science, School of Engineering, Peabody College, or the Blair School of Music. On your application you’ll specify to which school you are applying, and for both Peabody College and the Blair School of Music you will indicate the academic program (we admit you into a major for both Peabody and Blair).

College of Arts and Science

The largest of our four undergraduate schools, the College of Arts and Science is home to 49 disciplinary and interdisciplinary majors that encompass the humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, and social sciences. Students seeking a second bachelor’s degree are not eligible to apply to the College of Arts Science.

Peabody College

The Peabody College of Education and Human Development regularly ranks among the top 3 graduate schools of education in the United States. Peabody excels in preparing students for classroom teaching, research, service, and many other fields. If you apply to Peabody College you must specify to which major you are applying and your fit for that major will be strongly considered. Students seeking a second bachelor’s degree are not eligible to apply to Peabody College.

School of Engineering

The Vanderbilt University School of Engineering proudly educates students who change the world and make it a better place through the use of technology. While you are not admitted to a specific major in the School of Engineering, a strong background in science and math (specifically Physics and Calculus) is critical for competitive applicants. Students seeking a second bachelor’s degree may apply to the School of Engineering, but it is encouraged that you speak with the Engineering Dean’s office to determine your best academic plan – and if a second undergraduate degree is the most appropriate route.

Blair School of Music

The Blair School of Music offers conservatory level training in a strong liberal arts environment. As the only music school in the top twenty universities solely for undergraduates, Blair students enjoy a 4:1 student to faculty ratio and 5:1 student to practice room ratio. Students considering transferring to Blair should visit blair.vanderbilt.edu/admissions/apply for all details regarding application requirements.

Vanderbilt meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students, including transfer students. Our admissions process is need-blind for US citizens and eligible non-citizens. Read more about the three important commitments we make to admitted students through Opportunity Vanderbilt. Please also note:

  • Vanderbilt reserves the right to be need-aware from the wait list.
  • Merit-based financial aid is not available to transfer applicants.
  • The University has no need-based aid available for international transfer applicants who are not U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens.

For more information on need-based financial aid, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid and Undergraduate Scholarships website.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions does not evaluate transfer credit. Once admitted, a transfer applicant can contact the appropriate undergraduate school for details about how credits may be applied at Vanderbilt. Academic credit earned at accredited institutions is evaluated on a course-by-course basis. Work transferred to Vanderbilt from another institution will not carry with it a grade point average. After being admitted students will receive additional information about how to have their credits evaluated.

The residential experience is an integral part of a Vanderbilt undergraduate education. As such, transfer students are required to live in on-campus housing unless granted a waiver by the Office of Housing and Residential Education. After being admitted students will receive additional information about the housing process and timeline.

Vanderbilt values the global perspectives international applicants bring with them to campus.

International students interested in transfer to Vanderbilt must submit the required application materials, and their results for the TOEFL or IELTS unless a student has been engaged in an English-speaking curriculum for at least three years, including time spent in college. The TOEFL/IELTS requirement may also be waived for a student who has scored above 600 on the SAT Critical Reading section. All application materials, including materials from nationally or internationally accredited colleges and secondary schools, must be submitted in English or must be translated by a professional translating service (please visit EducationUSA  if you have questions regarding translating services).

IMPORTANT – Financial aid is not available for international transfer students. It is the responsibility of the student to secure funding. For financial aid purposes, students are considered to be international if they do not meet the eligibility criteria to receive federal student financial assistance. (To qualify for federal assistance, students must be United States citizens or eligible non-citizens.) International transfer students with financial need should investigate external sources of financial aid.

Applicants who wish to take advantage of veterans benefits at Vanderbilt University should visit registrar.vanderbilt.edu/va-benefits/ or www.gibill.va.gov.

Vanderbilt University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program. Learn more here

The application requirements for Veterans and Active Military are the same as for other transfer students. See the "Application Checklist" below for details of what is required. Once admitted, students are required to file additional paperwork in order to receive veterans benefits.

You may apply using either the Common Application or the Universal College Application. Select one application method and submit all materials through that method; do not submit both. All parts of the application should be submitted by the published deadlines.

After you submit your transfer application you will be prompted (within 24-48 hours) to set up your MyAppVU account. From your MyAppVU account you’ll be able to see which items we have received. Please remember it can take several days to process items and update your account once the item is received by our office. Your MyAppVU portal is also where you’ll ultimately be able to view your admissions decision, financial aid information etc. 

If you have attended multiple institutions you must submit official transcripts from each institution. In the event we need to receive official college transcripts to complete your application, your MyAppVU account may indicate “complete” after only one college transcript has been received. You should follow up with your admissions officer to see if all transcripts have arrived or if there is one we are still waiting to receive to officially process your application.

  • All required parts of either the Common Application Transfer Application or the Universal College Application Transfer Application.
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee, or fee waiver for qualified students
  • Official high school transcript*
  • Official college transcript(s)* (from ALL institutions attended) Note: official transcript(s) should include grades from your most recently completed semester and a list of your currently enrolled courses.
  • Transfer College Report (from the institution you are currently attending)
  • Two academic teacher letters of recommendation (we prefer that at least one letter is from a college professor/instructor)
  • Official SAT or ACT scores (sent directly from SAT/ACT to Vanderbilt) (SAT code: 1871 / ACT code: 4036) and if applicable, TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson
  • Additional requirements for Blair School of Music applicants (Please visit blair.vanderbilt.edu/admissions/apply for all details and latest information regarding application requirements for Blair applicants):
  • All applicants to Blair must complete a music resume and submit forms for two music teacher recommendations via the Blair DecisionDesk application.
  • All applicants to Blair must submit a prescreening audition video via the Blair DecisionDesk application.

*International applicants will be prompted to complete an international section of the Common Application. Official results of the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE should be submitted if applicable. Applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English are required to take one of the following: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International Language Testing Service (IELTS), or the Pearson Test of English (PTE). For the TOEFL, a minimum score of 100 on the internet-based test or 230 on the computer-based test, a 7.0 on the IELTS, and a score of at least 70 on the Pearson are recommended. The Vanderbilt University ETS code is 1871.  Please provide all documents in English. Learn more about the application requirements for international students.

In addition to the Transfer Enrollment publication, admitted transfer students should visit the Dean of Students website for the most pertinent resources regarding dates and deadlines, orientation, and much more. Additionally, the links below provide admitted and prospective transfer students a few key ways to continue getting to know Vanderbilt.