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Official Transcript Requirements

Academic transcripts, which provide a complete history of your education, play an important role in the graduate admission process.

When you apply, you will be asked to provide copies of transcripts from all of the colleges or universities you have attended. This includes any institution where you perhaps took only one course and transferred it to the institution where you later earned a degree. Do not forget about college-level courses taken in high school through dual enrollment.

Upon admission, we will require official transcripts to verify these academic credentials.

Submitting Transcripts

Unofficial Transcripts

The UL Lafayette Graduate School allows applicants to upload unofficial transcripts to their application portal for use during the application evaluation and admissions process. If you want to submit unofficial transcripts, certain restrictions apply. Learn more about the requirements for unofficial transcripts.

Official Transcripts

An official transcript is an original document bearing the institutional seal and official signature of the registrar for that institution. Although they must come directly from the institution, official transcripts can arrive at the Graduate School in a number of ways.

Applicants are encouraged to send official transcripts as soon as possible, and even before admission. Admitted students will be required to provide official copies of all transcripts before the start of their first semester of study. For an international student (who will be pursuing the degree on campus rather than online), official transcripts must be received before an I-20 will be issued or transferred. If official transcripts are not received or are inconsistent with those provided during the application process, admission will be rescinded.

Transcripts in Mail or in Person

Official transcripts must arrive in the original sealed envelope that shows they were clearly issued by the originating institution, with an institutional stamp or signature on the closed envelope flap.

Electronic Transcripts

If your institution uses Parchment, eScrip-Safe, or National Student Clearinghouse, please use the web link provided by your school to submit official transcripts electronically.

UL Lafayette Transcripts

If you have previously attended UL Lafayette (as an undergraduate or graduate student), you do not need to provide an official transcript from UL Lafayette. The Graduate School will request one on your behalf. Please note that, if you have attended other universities, we will need new copies of all transcripts earned.  

For International Transcripts

All international official transcripts submitted to the Graduate School must be submitted in the institution’s native language and include an individual mark sheet and diploma/degree certificate.

A certified, literal/exact English translation is required for any documents not originally issued in English.

We require individual mark sheets in addition to consolidated transcripts. If only copies of individual mark sheets are available, the Registrar or Controller of Examiners must officially attest the copy.

If your transcript does not specifically state that a degree has been conferred, you also must submit an official (attested) diploma showing conferral of a degree.

When do I send official transcripts and what happens if I don’t?

Applicants are encouraged to send official transcripts as soon as possible, and even before admission. Once an admission decision is made, those who are admitted are required to provide official copies of all transcripts.

Official transcripts must be received before the start of your first semester of study. If an international student (who will be pursuing a degree on campus rather than online), official transcripts must be received before an I-20 will be issued or transferred.

Failure to submit official transcripts by the deadline set by the Graduate School will result in admission being rescinded and the cancellation of any class registration. (The same will happen if official transcripts received are inconsistent with those provided during the admission process.)