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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: We will do our best to work with you and your department. 

Admitted students: see our special instructions for submitting transcripts.

Transcripts (Academic Records)


Official transcripts are required from every college and university you have attended for at least one year. 

NOTE: Stanford does not consider transcripts that come from applicants or that have been in the applicant's possession as official.

To submit your transcript(s), follow both of these steps:

  1. Upload a scanned copy of your official transcript (s) into the on-line application. See the transcript upload information in the File Upload Requirements section for specific instructions; and,

  2. Refer to the website of the department to which you are applying concerning the timing of having official transcripts sent to them. The directions below are followed by most departments, but not all.

Arrange for either two physical official transcripts or one official electronically submitted transcript to be sent by the issuing institution(s) to the department to which you are applying. An official transcript must be an original document bearing the institutional seal and official signature of the Registrar or copies verified by a school administrative officer and is one that is sent to Stanford in one of four ways:

  • Electronic delivery: The use of secure electronically-delivered transcripts that are pass code protected is necessary. The document's certified digital signature embedded in the document PDF assures us that it has been prepared by the college/university and that the document is original and unaltered. Please check with the registrar's office of your college/university to see if they provide secure electronic certified transcript service. Transcripts sent as email attachments are not accepted.
  • CollegeNET Document Service: Applicants from international institutions are encouraged to use the CollegeNET Document Service within the graduate application to request and submit authenticated transcript(s) and other academic documents. This service provides official certified documents to the department to which you are applying.  Note: Service is not available to applicants to Graduate School of Business, Law, School of Medicine MD and Physician Assistant Studies programs. 
  • eTranscript Service: Stanford students and alumni who have active SUNet IDs can use the eTranscript Service within the graduate application. See instructions in the application. Not available to applicants to Graduate School of Business, Law, School of Medicine MD and Physician Assistant Studies programs. 
  • Postal service: Find the program's mailing address by clicking on the name of the program in the list of Graduate Programs. Note: If sending paper transcripts, two sets are required; an official transcript is one that has been signed and sealed by the college/university registrar and is received by Stanford in its original, sealed envelope.

International Academic Credentials

Stanford’s assessment of a foreign degree is based on the characteristics of a national educational system, the type of institution attended, and the level of studies completed. Please refer to the international section of this website