When You Apply: Upload a Scanned Copy of the Official Transcript to ApplyWeb
- All applicants must upload a scanned copy, front and back, of their official transcript/academic record issued by the Registrar or Records Office to the applicant, to ApplyWeb for each bachelor’s, master’s, professional, or doctoral degree earned or in progress. The scanned copy of the official transcript is used for initial review by the graduate program faculty.
- A downloaded transcript from your school portal or system is an unofficial transcript and not acceptable for review.
- If you are attending or have graduated from a Non-U.S. institution, review the Required Academic Credentials from Non-U.S. Institutions for requirements by country.
- If you have community or junior college, non-degree, or study abroad coursework, indicate this information on page ten of the application under the “Additional Information” section. Do not submit any transcripts from a community or junior college, non-degree, or study abroad coursework to Rackham unless you attended a Non-U.S. institution.
Once You Are Offered Admission: Submit the Official Transcript
After an offer of admission is made, an official transcript sent directly from the registrar’s office must be submitted to Rackham.
- Submit an official transcript/academic record, front and back, issued by the Registrar or Records Office for each bachelor’s, master’s, professional, or doctoral degree earned. Attachments from students are not official.
- Submit only official transcripts/academic records. These bear the issuing institution’s seal and the official signature of the Registrar or Recorder of Records.
- U-M Ann Arbor Applicants (Current or Previous Students): Do not submit your U-M Ann Arbor transcript. Rackham will obtain your U-M Ann Arbor transcript internally. Submit only degree transcripts from other institutions you attended including U-M Dearborn or U-M Flint.
Submitting the Official Transcript/Academic Record to Rackham
Submit an e-transcript or paper transcript
- E-transcripts are strongly preferred. Do not submit the same transcript both electronically and by paper.
Request the Registrar (or Recorder of Records) send an electronic transcript and Transcripts/Academic Records Submission Form to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will need to complete the submission form and request that your school send it with your transcript to us. If it is not possible to include the Transcripts/Academic Records Submission Form, do not mail or submit separately. Documents not emailed by the Registrar (or Recorder of Records) are not official and will not be accepted.
- If your institution uses National Student Clearing House as their electronic transcript vendor, select “Electronic Transcript Exchange” as the delivery method if that is an option.
- If your institution uses Parchment as their electronic transcript vendor, select “An Academic Organization, Admissions Office, Business, or Other Organization” and search for “University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School.” Do not select “Yourself or Another Individual.”
- Admitted students have the option (not mandatory) to use Certifile transcript submission through their ApplyWeb account. ApplyWeb has partnered with Educational Perspectives (EP), MyCreds/MesCertif, My eQuals, and Digitary Core to verify, evaluate, and deliver your official credentials electronically to our office.
- Benefits of using electronic submission:
- Your credential elevations or verifications will be submitted directly to the Rackham Graduate School.
- You only need to request one set for all Rackham applications if applying to more than one program.
Submit by Mail
If an e-transcript option is not available, submit paper documents in the envelope sealed and/or stamped by the institution issuing the educational documents and the Transcripts/Academic Records Submission Form.
Mail the documents to:
Rackham Graduate School
Attn: Transcripts/UMID: or Transcripts/Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy)
915 E. Washington Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1070
The Transcripts/Academic Records Submission Form is optional but it is a helpful aid in matching your documents to your record.
Submit in Person
If you are on campus and prefer to deliver them in person to Rackham, you may place your educational documents in the secure drop box, located in front of Rackham on East Washington Street. Put them in an envelope and include your name, U-M ID, name of program, and term of anticipated graduation. Documents placed in the drop box will not be returned.
Students may drop off their educational documents in-person in the Admissions Office Monday through Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Students can come to the Student Services office located on the lower level of the Rackham Graduate School, 915 East Washington St, Suite 0120. Masks will be required to enter the building.
Students requiring their original documents returned to them need to make complete copies of the original documents, front and back. The original document and the copy must be brought to the office together. Our staff will compare the two documents and return the original.
If you are applying to graduate this semester, the transcript/academic record must be received by Rackham before a degree will be awarded or further degree progress can be made.
Original educational documents will not be returned. All documentation received becomes the property of the University of Michigan and will not be returned.
Transcript Frequently Asked Questions
What Is an Official Transcript?
An official transcript/academic record must be:
- An original or an attested copy with an original institutional seal and signature of the Registrar.
- The attested copy should be issued and signed or stamped by the same office that issues original documents from the degree granting institution. An apostille certification is not necessary. Notarized copies are not acceptable.
What Is Not an Official Transcript?
- A “true” copy prepared and signed by a faculty member, city or government official, or notary public is not considered official.
- An evaluation provided by a credential service, for example Educational Credentials Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES), is not accepted by Rackham. Exception: the Rackham Graduate School will accept electronic evaluations from Educational Perspectives (EP).
- Documents emailed to our office by anyone that is not a Registrar (Recorder of Records) or equivalent.
I ordered an electronic transcript and can’t upload the file to ApplyWeb. What should I do?
If you are unable to upload a copy of your official e-transcript due to security settings:
- Print a copy of your e-transcript.
- Scan the printed transcript and upload.
What type of transcript should I order for Rackham?
Submit only official transcripts. These bear the issuing institution’s seal and the official signature of the Registrar (or Recorder of Records).
For those enrolled in degree study at the time of application, submit only the most recent in-progress transcript for that degree.
Which document formats are not accepted by Rackham?
- A scanned copy of an official transcript (only allowed for the upload on ApplyWeb -Step 1).
- Academic records printed from your school’s website.
- A paper transcript that is not sealed in the institution’s envelope.
- An evaluation provided by a credential service, for example, Educational Credentials Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES). Exception: the Rackham Graduate School will accept electronic evaluations from Educational Perspectives (EP).
- A “true” copy prepared and signed by a faculty member, city or government official, or notary public.
Do I need to submit an updated transcript to Rackham after the grades are available for the term in progress?
No. Do not submit an updated transcript to Rackham.
I applied previously and submitted a copy of my official transcripts then. Do I need to submit them again?
Applicants must upload a copy of their official transcripts with each application that is submitted to the Rackham Graduate School. One set of official transcripts from the school’s registrar’s office will be due, if an offer of admission is made.