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In light of the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, Stanford reaffirms its commitment to perform individualized, holistic review of each applicant to its graduate and professional programs. We recognize that students may have faced significant challenges during the period of disruption caused by the pandemic, and we will take such individual circumstances into account during application review. Importantly, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Credit/No Credit and other grading options during this unprecedented period of COVID-19 disruption, whether they are made by institutions or by individual students. Our goal remains to form graduate student cohorts that are excellent and encompass a diversity of perspectives, backgrounds and experiences that enrich the graduate educational experience.


We are aware of some school closings in areas impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, and that it may delay some courses of study as well as the reporting of official school documents. If you are impacted by this, please contact our office to request an extension: gradadmissions@stanford.edu. We will do our best to work with you and your department. 


Admitted students: see our special instructions for submitting transcripts.

Transcripts (Academic Records)

When applying: A scanned version of the official transcript from every postsecondary institution you have attended for at least one year is required to be uploaded in the application. In addition, arrange to have your official transcripts (academic records) sent to the department to which you are applying. Documents uploaded with your application are not considered official.

Sending transcripts: Have two official sets mailed to the department. See this page for other options for sending official transcripts (electronic, e.g.).

Domestic:

  • Transcripts must bear the official seal of the institution and signature of the Registrar.

International:

  • Academic records should give detailed information on the content and quality of your performance, courses taken each year, and grades received.
  • The grading scale of the institution and your rank in class should be noted whenever possible.
  • Degrees must be verified by official copies of diplomas or conferral statements on academic records verified by a school administrative officer.
  • Academic records must be original documents bearing the institutional seal and official signature of the Registrar or copies verified by a school administrative officer.
  • If the institution does not issue records in English, original language records must be submitted with official English translations. We accept translations issued by the institution or a professional translation service. Translations must be literal and complete versions of the original records.

The University reserves the right to require additional academic documents, if we are unable to verify the nature or authenticity of your academic documents, we may ask you to obtain an evaluation from a foreign credential evaluation service.