What does the Graduate Admissions Office at UC consider to be an official transcript?

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Neema Nigam

Neema Nigam

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The Graduate Admissions Office at the University of California (UC) typically considers an official transcript to have been directly issued by the institution where you studied, bearing the institution's seal and the signature of the Registrar or equivalent official.

These transcripts must be sent directly from your institution to the UC campus you're applying to, either in sealed envelopes or via a secure electronic delivery service used by the institution. Here's a bit more detail on what is generally considered an official transcript:

  • Sealed and Signed: Physical transcripts should be sealed in an envelope with the institution's official seal or stamp across the flap. If opened before reaching the admissions office, they may no longer be considered official.
  • Electronic Transcripts: Many institutions now send transcripts electronically through secure, verified services. UC campuses typically accept these as official if they come directly from the issuing institution's authorized service.
  • International Transcripts: For students who have studied outside the United States, official transcripts might also include records like mark sheets, degree certificates, or diplomas, depending on the educational system of the country. These should also be sent directly from the institution or come in sealed envelopes if physical copies are required.
  • Translations: If the original documents are not in English, official translations may also be required. These translations should be completed by a recognized translation service and include all original seals and signatures.
  • Verification: Some programs may require additional steps to verify the authenticity of transcripts, especially from institutions outside the U.S. This process might involve third-party evaluation services.


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Abhiyudaya Chauhan

Abhiyudaya Chauhan

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MentR-Me Team

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When you're applying for a graduate program at the University of California (UC), you need to send in an official transcript. But what does UC consider as "official"? It's quite straightforward: What counts as an official transcript: Direct from your school: Your transcript should come straight from your college or university. It needs to be sealed, unopened, and sent either by mail or through a secure electronic system. Electronic versions: UC accepts digital transcripts if they're sent through specific services like Parchment or the National Student Clearinghouse. These need to come directly from your school's authorized system. For international students: If your transcripts are not in English, you'll also need to send an official translation. Tips for sending your transcripts: Check the specific requirements for each UC campus you're applying to. Request your transcripts early to avoid any delays. If you're unsure, call the admissions office to confirm how you should send your transcripts. Following these guidelines will help make sure your application is complete and on time.


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