Graduate Application Guide

Transcripts

As part of your online application, please upload one official transcript from every post-secondary school you attended. DO NOT upload unofficial transcripts or internet printouts. They are unacceptable and will not be reviewed. Do not mail your transcript to our office, unless otherwise requested. If your transcripts are not in English, you must upload a certified or notarized translation along with the official transcript in its original language. 

Transcripts from schools where a degree was received should clearly indicate the conferral of your degree. If you are currently completing a degree, upload a transcript showing your academic record through your most current term of study.

If you have transfer credits from another school, you are required to add that school to the Academic History section of the online application and upload an official transcript. Failure to submit all transcripts will significantly delay the processing of your application.

Transcripts uploaded successfully to the online application should NOT be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions. If you are offered and accept admission, you will then be required to mail a hard copy of the final official transcripts, with a completed document cover sheet.

Transcript Upload Steps

  1. Request that an official transcript from the school is mailed to you.
  2. Upon receipt of the transcript, open up the envelope.
  3. Scan the received transcript into one of the acceptable file formats (.pdf, .jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .tiff, .png, or bitmap).
    • If you are unable to scan your transcript, vendors like Kinko's and Staples can assist you in converting your transcript to a digital format for upload.  
  4. Upload your transcript to the online application.
  5. You do not have to mail the official copy of your transcript to our office if you were able to successfully upload it. You will only have to mail a hard copy of your final official transcripts if you are offered and accept admission.

How to Scan Your Transcripts

Scan each of your transcripts into a single document.

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

Uploaded transcripts must be clear, legible, and complete, with all pages present. Please preview your transcripts to make sure they are not upside down, sideways, illegible, or incomplete. If we deem your transcript is illegible or too small for review, we will contact you by email and you will be required to mail your transcript to our office.

An unofficial transcript or a transcript you print from a web-based system that shows your academic history does NOT meet the above requirements and should not be uploaded. 

Transcript File Formats

You may scan your transcript into one of the following file types: 

  • .pdf
  • .jpeg
  • .gif
  • .tiff
  • bitmap

Adding a School to Academic History

  1. Select the Academic History link on the online application.
  2. Under the School Information section:                     
    • Select the magnifying glass next to the Search for School field.
    • The look-up box will appear.
    • You can search for the school by description/name, city and/or state, or country.
    • You can also change the drop-down parameters (begins with, contains, =, not =, <, <=, >,>=, between, in) for the search field to refine your search.
      • School names may either be fully spelled out or abbreviated. For New York University, for example, most schools start with NYU. To find your school, try the full name as well as any known abbreviations.
      • If you are having trouble finding your school, change the search field parameter to contains and type in part of the school's name. For example, if you type in Penn, you will get a comprehensive listing of institutions with Penn in the name. 
    • When searching for a school that you can’t find by name, limit the search to city and state. 
    • Leave the last school check box unchecked.
    • If you can’t find your school, see the section below called "Can't Find School."
  3. Update the Career Data section:
    • Select the career field: it will either be Undergraduate or Graduate.
    • Input the From Date to To Date.
  4. Update the Degree section only if you expect to or have received a degree from the school. If you only took coursework that did not lead to a degree, please leave this section blank. 
    • Select the degree from the drop-down list.
    • Input the degree date. This will be the date your degree was received or the future date you expect to receive your degree.
    • Type in your major field of study.
  5. Under the attach school trancript, select the upload link to upload the scanned copy of your offiical transcript to the system.
  6. To add additional schools, please select the plus button ( + ), then follow the steps above.

 Can't Find School

If you can't find your school, please follow these steps: 

  1. Select the Can't find School link.
  2. You will be prompted to provide your school information and complete the following fields:                     
    • School Name (required)
    • School Country (look-up field)
    • School City
    • School State (look-up field)
  3. Update the Career Data section
    • Select the career field: it will either be Undergraduate or Graduate.
    • Input the From Date to To Date.
  4. Update the Degree section, only if you expect to or have received a degree from the school. If you only took coursework that did not lead to a degree please leave this section blank. 
    • Select the degree from the drop-down list
    • Input the degree date. This will be the date your degree was received or the future date you expect to receive your degree.

Electronic Transcripts Sent Directly from Your School

The Office of Graduate Admissions understands that an official transcript may be sent electronically, directly from an institution's transcript delivery service or a service like ESCRIP-SAFE, a global electronic transcript delivery network. This process usually requires you to provide a contact person and email address in order for a link and password to be sent for retrieval of your transcript. These requests are time sensitive and will expire if not retrieved in a timely fashion. Therefore, please provide the following contact information for all electronic transcripts:

  • Email Address: steinhardt.gradtranscript@nyu.edu 
  • Addressed to:  Lisa Williams
  • Department: NYU Steinhardt Office of Graduate Admissions
  • For: Admissions Application

Any electronic transcripts

Delivered

 to an email address other than steinhardt.gradtranscript@nyu.edu, such as staff's personal email address or the main graduate admissions email address, will not be processed. Any other materials or questions sent to steinhardt.gradtranscript@nyu.edu will not be answered or addressed. Any scanned copies of transcripts from applicants sent to this email account will not be considered, as these transcripts should have been uploaded to the online system.  

Official vs. Final Official Transcript

The Office of Graduate Admissions understands that not all applicants understand the difference between an official and a final official transcript. We hope this information will give you clarity: 

  • Official: This is a transcript received directly from your school, which makes it official. 
  • Final Official: This is a transcript received from your school that lists the degree you recieved and the date it was conferred, which makes it final.
  • Copy of an Official Transcript: This is what you should upload to the application. It is only a copy of an official transcript and will be recorded as such.

Transcripts You Are Unable to Upload to the Online Application

The Office of Graduate Admissions understands that not all applicants have the ability to prepare scanned and legible transcripts for upload. Your application will receive full consideration as long as your transcripts are in our office by the appropriate deadline. 

If you are unable to prepare and upload scanned transcripts, you must submit official hard copy transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions. To do so, request that the transcripts be sent to you from the schools you attended, but do not open the transcripts when they arrive. They must be received by our office in their sealed envelopes. Transcripts that are stamped "issued to student" but remain in sealed envelopes are considered official by the Office of Graduate Admissions. Please provide a document cover sheet when mailing your transcripts. 

Transcripts that cannot be issued to a student can be sent directly from a school to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Please provide your school's registrar's office with a completed document cover sheet.