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Peabody Credit Transfer Policies

Important note regarding ALL coursework taken elsewhere (except Pre-Freshman credit):

If you w ant to receive transfer credit for coursework taken at another institution, you  must follow the steps outlined on the University Registrar's Website  in advance of you taking the course(s). You assume the risk of the failure to receive prior approval. All coursework, even if you just need it for hours toward graduation, must be approved and evaluated. Departments are under no obligation to approve any course for transfer credit, and their decisions will be final. 

If you attempt to seek approval after you have already completed the course, you will be required to submit a petition to the Undergraduate Administrative Committee before course evaluations can be done.  If the UAC denies your request, you will not be able to seek credit for the courses you've taken. 

 

SEMESTER ABROAD WORK AT ANOTHER INSTITUTION:

Students enrolled in Peabody College may receive credit for a maximum of 15 hours during all total semesters studied elsewhere. 

  1. The student must be in good standing and have at least a 2.7 cumulative GPA at the time of application.
  2. Institution must be fully accredited. 
  3. Institution may NOT be a 2-year/community college.
  4. The student may not travel through a program that is already offered through the Vanderbilt Global Education Office.
  5. Transfer courses may not be part of the student’s final 24 hours at Vanderbilt.
  6. Transfer courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Education Core requirements with no more than one transfer course in any single Core area (e.g., if you need 2 science courses in your Liberal Core, you may take 1 of them elsewhere).
  7. Transfer courses may be used to satisfy any major/minor requirements.
  8. Grades do not transfer into Vanderbilt as number/letter grades. They will appear as "T" on the transcript, and will not factor in your GPA. However, in order for a grade to transfer, you must make at least a C- and cannot have taken it Pass/Fail.

Steps to Take:

Please follow the steps detailed on the University Registrar's Office website - here.

 

SUMMER COURSE WORK AT ANOTHER INSTITUTION:

Students enrolled in Peabody College may receive credit for a maximum of 12 hours during summers at another fully accredited four-year institution.

The following conditions must be met to obtain pre-approval to take summer course work elsewhere and complete the transfer of credit process:

  1. The student must be in good standing and have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the time of application.
  2. Institution must be fully accredited. 
  3. Institution may NOT be a 2-year/community college.
  4. The student may not travel through a program that is already offered through the Vanderbilt Global Education Office.
  5. Transfer courses may not be part of the student’s final 24 hours at Vanderbilt.
  6. Transfer courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Education Core requirements with no more than one transfer course in any single Core area (e.g., if you need 2 science courses in your Liberal Core, you may take 1 of them elsewhere).
  7. Grades do not transfer into Vanderbilt as number/letter grades. They will appear as "T" on the transcript, and will not factor in your GPA. However, in order for a grade to transfer, you must make at least a C- and cannot have taken it Pass/Fail.

Steps to Take:

Please follow the steps detailed on the University Registrar's Office website - here .

 

CREDIT FOR PREVIOUS COLLEGE WORK (Pre-Freshmen Credit)

Go here for detailed steps on how to submit pre-freshman courses for review.

Entering freshmen who have taken pre-freshmen college work during their junior or senior year in high school or during summers prior to their offer of admission to Vanderbilt may be able to transfer that credit. Appropriate documentation, including detailed syllabi must be submitted to the University Registrar's Transfer Credit Submission Application (more info here) for evaluation and approval by the appropriate Vanderbilt departments.

In addition to completing the Transfer Credit Submission Application online, you will also be asked to submit a completed Transfer Credit Institution Verification Form -  found here.

Credit will be awarded only if:

  1. The course is regularly offered by an accredited two-year or four-year college or university
  2. If the teacher was a regular faculty member of that institution, and
  3. If a majority of the students in the course were candidates for a college degree at that institution.
  4. Credit is also not generally awarded if the course received both high school and college credit. If your class falls under that criterion, please speak to the University Registrar's Office .
  5. If the home institution verifies the courses using the Verification form (found above).

The question of credit for previous college work must be settled in advance of the student’s first semester of classes. 

Peabody College usually does not award credit for work at other colleges in the summer  immediately preceding the student’s first semester at Vanderbilt. Summer work elsewhere will be accepted for credit only if an unusual educational opportunity can be demonstrated and if the courses sought are as rigorous as courses offered at Vanderbilt. If you plan on taking a course during the summer before your admission, please contact Malina Halman (info below).

 


 

If you have questions about...

  • the Transfer Credit Submission Application itself, sending transcripts, the Transfer Credit Institution Verification Form, or the evaluation process timeline, please contact the University Registrar's Office - external.education@vanderbilt.edu 
  • specific Peabody policies, taking a summer course before you begin Vanderbilt in the fall, or how your transfer courses will fit into your academic plan,  please contact Malina Halman, Program Coordinator in the Peabody Office of Academic Services (malina.c.halman@vanderbilt.edu, 615-322-8400,  Peabody Admin Building, room 211).