Tuesday, May 23, 2017

On Delivering Official Transcripts

As you should know, all incoming students must eventually provide the Office of Admissions with final, official transcripts. Some of you may have done so already as part of the application process; others may have been unable to do so for a variety of valid reasons. If you fall into the latter category, here's what you need to know about submitting your final, official transcripts.

In order to be accepted as official, physical transcripts must be sent to us in an envelope sealed by the school or university

1. Not All Transcripts Are Created Delivered Equal

Again, all incoming students must provide final, official transcripts to the Office of Admissions. The key words here are "final" and "official." Delivering transcripts in a way that automatically renders them unofficial is a common mistake made by incoming students. To avoid having to request the transcript a second time (and paying the subsequent fee), make sure to deliver it to us correctly the first time around. 

What will our office accept as official?
  • Physical transcripts delivered in an envelope sealed by the school or university
  • Electronic transcripts delivered directly via an official online transcript provider 
  • Electronic transcripts delivered directly from the school on your behalf

What will we not accept as official?
  • Physical transcripts that have been opened and/or unsealed 
  • Downloaded or scanned copies of transcripts that you, the student, email to us

2. Electronic Delivery Is Quick Delivery

We prefer to receive electronic transcripts, whenever possible—they arrive faster, and are less likely to get lost in the mail, but physical transcripts are acceptable as well.

3. Final Means Final

If you submitted any in-progress transcripts to us during the application process, you will need to send the final official version, demonstrating your studies have been completed successfully and a degree was conferred. This applies to those graduating in Spring 2017. Additionally, if you were admitted with an economics condition, you will need to send the official transcript which verifies that you've met the economics condition.

4. You Should Check Your Email Periodically

If we are missing any required transcripts from you, you will be notified via email in the coming weeks, so please check your inbox periodically. In the meantime, review the enrollment To-Do List available in the matriculated student portal -- you'll find that this answers a lot of your questions about the next steps.