Frequently Asked Questions: Academic Transcripts

Complete instructions for applying, including deadline dates and program-specific requirements, are readily available when you log-in to the online application. Complete information about applying is also available on the web at our Application Resource Center at http://gsas.nyu.edu/page/grad.admissionsapplication.html.

The following frequently asked questions are included in this document:

  1. What degree must I have in order to enroll in the Graduate School?
  2. What transcripts are required as part of my application?
  3. How do I include transcripts with my online application?
  4. How do I successfully upload my transcripts to my online application?
  5. What if I am unable to upload my transcripts to my online application?
  6. How many copies of my transcripts are required?
  7. Do you need transcripts for coursework I completed in a study abroad program or summer session or for other transfer credit?
  8. I haven't received my baccalaureate so my transcript is incomplete. What should I do?
  9. My transcript is from a school outside the U.S. and I cannot obtain more than one original transcript from the school. What should I do?
  10. Do you need an updated copy of my transcript if I am offered admission and enroll?
  11. My transcripts are not written in English. What should I do?
  12. What is the deadline for sending you my transcripts?
  13. To what address should my transcripts be mailed?
  14. Do I need to calculate my GPA if it is not shown on my transcripts?
  15. How do I report my GPA if I attended a school outside the U.S.?
  16. I am a current NYU student or I was previously enrolled at NYU. Am I required to upload an NYU transcript to my online application?
  17. Am I required to get a WES evaluation for my foreign transcripts?


1. What degree must I have in order to enroll in the Graduate School?

You must receive your undergraduate degree (U.S. baccalaureate or equivalent) from an institution of recognized standing before enrollment in the Graduate School. Students from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Bangladesh must show completion of both the baccalaureate and master's examinations prior to registration in the Graduate School. The examinations for the Bachelor of Engineering and the Bachelor of Technology meet the application requirements for the Graduate School. For students holding three-year degrees from Australia, GSAS also requires a four-year degree to apply.

2. What transcripts are required as part of my application?

One (1) academic transcript, mark sheet, or final grades sheet (and English translation, if required) from each institution you attended should be uploaded on one of the "Transcript Upload" pages as part of your online application. The baccalaureate or equivalent transcript should clearly indicate conferral of your undergraduate degree. If you are currently completing your baccalaureate, you should upload a transcript showing your academic record through your most current term of study.

The transcript you scan and upload must be a document that was produced by the registrar. The document must include one or more of the following features: the registrar's signature, the registrar's seal, an institutional watermark, or it must be printed on official institutional paper.

If uploaded, you should NOT send official copies of your transcripts to Graduate Enrollment Services at this time. If you are offered admission, you will be required to provide official transcripts (refer to question 10 below).

3. How do I include transcripts with my online application?

It depends on the form of transcript.
  • Example 1. You have a paper, hardcopy document from your registrar. Scan and upload it to your online application. It is preferred that you scan it as a pdf, if possible. Do not also mail it to us. Note: we know that scanning may cause you to lose the registrar seal, mark the transcript as "void," or make some other change. That is okay.
  • Example 2. You have a pdf file produced by your registrar. Upload it to your online application. Do not also mail it to us. Please note: if you have a pdf portfolio from the registrar (a bundle of several documents), you cannot upload the entire portfolio as it will not appear in the application correctly. Instead, save each of the documents as individual pdfs and then upload them.
  • Example 3. Your school can send an electronic transcript directly to the Graduate School. Should you do this? No. You should request that the electronic transcript be sent to you. Then, you should upload it into your online application.
  • Example 4. You have a print-out from your institution's website that shows your academic history. This does not meet the requirements for a transcript as described above in example 1 or 2. (Note: applicants from NYU should see question 16 below.)

4. How do I successfully upload my transcripts to my online application?

You will upload your transcript documents in the Educational History section of your application. You may upload either PDF or scanned pages (JPEG or TIFF image file), as either single or multi-page documents.

The uploaded transcripts must be clear and legible. Please be sure that they can be easily viewed on the screen (e.g., that they are displayed properly and not upside down or sideways). Sometimes, scanning an official transcript makes it almost illegible because of the security-enabled paper. If this happens, upload the official transcript, even though it is illegible, and also upload a print-out from your institution's website that shows your academic history. Even though we do not normally accept print-outs from the web, in this case we will.

After you upload your transcripts, please review them carefully before you submit your application.

5. What if I am unable to upload my transcripts to my online application?

We recognize that not all applicants have the opportunity to prepare a scanned file to upload to the application. Your application will receive full consideration as long as you mail us your transcripts by the application deadline date. Please see our mailing address in question 13 below. However, please note that our preference is for you to upload the transcripts, if at all possible.

6. How many copies of my transcripts are required?

One (1) academic transcript, mark sheet or final grades sheet from each institution you attended is required as part of your application.

7. Do you need transcripts for coursework I completed in a study abroad program or summer session or for other transfer credit?

Some transcripts also report coursework from a different institution. If the course names and grades appear on another transcript you are submitting, then it is not necessary for you to also submit a separate transcript from your study abroad, transfer or summer session school. However, the transcript must include the course names and grades for work done at the other institution; if it does not, then we require that you submit a separate transcript.

8. I haven't received my baccalaureate so my transcript is incomplete. What should I do?

If you are currently completing your baccalaureate, you should send a transcript showing your academic record through your most current term of study.

9. My transcript is from a school outside the U.S. and I cannot obtain more than one original transcript from the school. What should I do?

Please refer to the answer to question 2 above for instructions on what to submit as part of your application. If you are offered admission and enroll, we will need to receive an original transcript. Please refer to question 10 below.

10. Do you need an updated copy of my transcript if I am offered admission and enroll?

If you are offered admission and enroll, we require that you send us official transcripts, as follows: (1) one final transcript showing conferral of your undergraduate degree (baccalaureate or equivalent); (2) one final transcript from any institution in which a degree was conferred (e.g., if you received a master's degree); (3) one transcript from any institution in which you did graduate-level work, even if a degree was not conferred. Each transcript must be sent to Graduate Enrollment Services and be received prior to your first term of registration. Any transcript you send must be an original official transcript with the Registrar's stamp or signature. It will become part of your official New York University record.

11. My transcripts are not written in English. What should I do?

All applicants must ensure that certified English translations accompany all documents written in languages other than English. Translations must be literal and complete versions of the original records. We must have your transcripts in both the native language and in English for us to evaluate your credentials. Please be sure to include the translations with the transcript documents you upload to your online application.

12. What is the deadline for sending you my transcripts?

If you are not able to upload your transcripts as part of your application but are mailing them instead, then all application materials should be received by the application deadline date. Program-specific application deadlines are provided in the Application Requirements and Deadlines link in the Application Resource Center at http://gsas.nyu.edu/page/grad.admissionsapplication.html. Complete applications must be received by 5 p.m. eastern time on the published deadline date.

13. To what address should my transcripts be mailed?

U.S. Postal Service (including express and priority mail):
New York University
Graduate School of Arts and Science
Graduate Enrollment Services
P.O. Box 907
New York, NY 10276-0907

FedEx, DHL, UPS or other express mail service (do not use for U.S. Postal Service express or priority mail):
New York University
Graduate School of Arts and Science
Graduate Enrollment Services
One-half Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003

If the mail service requires a telephone number, it is (212) 998-8050.

Please note--all materials should be sent to the Graduate School at one of the addresses shown here. Do not mail materials to the department or program to which you are applying.

14. Do I need to calculate my GPA if it is not shown on my transcripts?

Yes, for all U.S. institutions. No, if the school is outside the U.S.

15. How do I report my GPA if I attended a school outside the U.S.?

If you attended an institution located outside of the U.S., do not report your GPA in your application. Leave the GPA fields blank on page 2 of your online application.

16. I am a current NYU student or I was previously enrolled at NYU. Am I required to upload an NYU transcript to my online application?

Yes, all applicants are required to upload a transcript to their online application. However, if you are a current or previously-enrolled NYU student, you do not need to request your NYU official transcript. Rather, you may upload the Albert version of your transcript which is available in the Student Service Center.

17. Am I required to get a WES evaluation for my foreign transcripts?

No. Your transcripts (including the translations you provide) are evaluated by Graduate School staff who are experts in transcript review. If you already have a WES evaluation, you may provide it to us for the translation.








Updated on 12/16/2016