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Submitting Transcripts

You must submit a transcript for every institution of higher education attended. If a transcript is not in English, you must provide an English translation certified by the college or university which issued it.

Unofficial Transcripts
Some graduate programs give you the option to upload transcripts and/or academic documents from each institution you attended in the Transcript/Academic Document Upload section of the online application. The uploaded transcript and/or academic document must be from the original version of the document. An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution. If your transcript is not in English, you must upload an English translation certified by the college of university. For tips about uploading your transcripts into the online application click here.

All transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded to the online application system are considered unofficial. Unofficial transcript uploads will be utilized for application review purposes only. If the graduate program to which you are applying will accept unofficial transcripts for review purposes, you will only need to provide official transcripts and/or academic records at the request of the graduate program or if you are recommended for admission. Official documents should be mailed to the graduate program to which you are applying.

NOTE: Not all graduate programs will accept unofficial transcripts for review purposes. Some graduate programs require official transcripts and/or academic documents at the time of application review. Please visit the Graduate Program Requirements Web pages to determine if your program of interest will accept unofficial documents for review purposes.

Official Transcripts

All transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded to the online application system are considered unofficial. An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution. If requested by the graduate program or if you are recommended for admission, you must submit official transcripts and/or academic documents directly to the graduate program to which you are applying.

Transcripts and/or English translations must be mailed directly from a registrar’s office to the program of application (you can choose to send the transcript to the program yourself, but the transcripts must be in an envelope sealed by the registrar). Graduate Admissions also accepts electronic transcripts from accredited U.S. colleges and universities sent via eSCRIP-SAFE, Docufide, or directly from the accredited U.S. college and university. If the transcript is sent directly from the accredited U.S. college/university it must be sent directly to Graduate Admissions at gradadm@purdue.edu. Graduate Admissions does not accept electronic transcripts from international colleges or universities. Transcripts will not be returned.

  • Degree-Seeking Applicants: If you are applying to a master's, doctoral, or educational specialist degree program, you have the option of uploading your unofficial transcript into the online application. Your transcripts must be from each college or university you have attended, including evidence of a baccalaureate degree awarded. Your unofficial transcript will be used for application review purposes only. If requested by the graduate program or if you are recommended for admission, you must submit official transcripts and/or academic documents directly to the graduate program to which you are applying. If you are currently studying for a baccalaureate degree, you will later be required to submit a document that verifies the awarding of that degree.
  • Re-entry Applicants: If you are seeking re-entry to a degree program and you attended another college or university since you last attended graduate school at Purdue, you must provide a transcript of that study. Your unofficial transcript may be uploaded into the online application. If requested by the graduate program or if you are recommended for admission, you must submit official transcripts and/or academic documents directly to the graduate program to which you are applying.
  • Certificate Applicants: If you are applying for certificate classification, you must provide evidence of a baccalaureate degree. Some graduate certificate programs require additional documentation. Please refer to the Graduate Program Requirements Web page for specific details.
  • Teacher License: If you are applying for the teacher license classification, you must provide a transcript from the college or university where your baccalaureate degree was awarded. If you are currently studying for a baccalaureate degree, you will later be required to submit a document that verifies the degree has been awarded. Your unofficial transcript may be uploaded into the online application. If requested by the graduate program or if you are recommended for admission, you must submit official transcripts and/or academic documents directly to the graduate program to which you are applying.
  • Non Degree Applicants: If you are applying for non degree classification, you must provide evidence of a baccalaureate degree. This may be a transcript, a copy of the diploma, or a letter from the college or university verifying the degree.

The Purdue University Graduate School reserves the right to require official transcripts and/or academic documents at any time during the admissions process.