- Report all institutions attended regardless of their relevance to the programs you are applying to. Failure to report an institution may cause delays in the processing of your application. Report all institutions attended, including but not limited to:
- courses taken in high school for college or university credit
- summer courses
- community college courses
- US military academies (note that this does not include courses on SMART or JST transcripts)
- post-baccalaureate, graduate, and doctoral work
- study abroad, Canadian, and foreign work, etc.
- List all institutions on your application even if the coursework completed there was transferred to another institution.
- Report each institution only once, regardless of the number of degrees earned or gaps in the dates of attendance.
- Send official or upload unofficial transcripts. Your selected programs may have different requirements for transcripts. For example, some programs may require that you send official transcripts to Common App for transfer, some may require unofficial transcripts, and others might not require any transcripts. To view your program's transcript requirements, scroll down to the Program Requirements section.
Understanding Transcript Collection
Adding a College or University
- Click Add a College or University.
- Type and select your college or university. It may take several tries to find your school, especially if it shares its name with others or could be spelled differently. For example, if you attended "Saint John's University," you may need to try "Saint John," "St. John," or "St John" (no period) to bring the school up on the list. If you exhausted all options and it does not appear, select Can't find your school?
- Select if you obtained (or plan to obtain) a degree from the selected institution.
- If you earned or plan to earn a degree, provide details about the earned or expected degree.
- Click Add another Degree to add additional degrees for this same college or university.
- Select your college's or university's term system. You can usually find this on the back of your official transcripts, or you can contact your college's registrar.
- Term system refers to the type of hours your credits are worth, not the length of the term or how many terms a year your college or university offered.
- If your transcript lists some courses as quarter and others as semester, enter the term type that is most common (i.e., if you have six quarter terms and two semester terms, enter quarter).
- Enter dates of the first and last terms you attended. Be sure to only enter each college or university you attended once, regardless of gaps in your attendance there.
- Click Save This College or University to complete the entry.
If Your Program Requires Official Transcripts
For each college or university entered, click the Download Transcript Request Form button to download and print a transcript matching form. Provide this form to the college's or university's Registrar's Office so that they can send an official transcript to Common App for transfer. See Sending Official Transcripts to Common App for transfer for more information (and for information on sending electronic transcripts).
Note that if you attended a foreign college or university – and depending on your program's requirements – you may be required to send a foreign evaluation. See Sending Official Transcripts to Common App for transfer for more information.
If Your Program Requires Unofficial Transcripts
For each college or university entered, click the Upload Transcript button and upload any associated transcripts.
If Your Program Doesn't Require Transcripts to be Submitted Through Common App for transfer
Some programs choose this option when they want your transcripts mailed directory to their office. Double-check the program's requirements to determine if you need to send your transcripts by mail.