Academic Record Requirements
Academic records should show a complete list of courses taken, grades received and any diplomas or certificates earned. They should also indicate the number of credits awarded for each course or the number of hours of classroom, lecture, and laboratory and include information about the school’s grading scale. Records are considered official if the issuing institution sends them directly to IU South Bend. Course work from one institution reported as transfer credit on another school’s transcript is not an official transcript.
If you are currently enrolled, submit current transcripts showing all work completed. Send final transcripts reflecting all work completed as soon as they become available.
When the issuing school will not send the transcripts directly to IU South Bend you may send an unaltered photocopy, certified by an appropriate official, directly with your application. These documents must be issued on official stationery with an original ink stamp or raised seal and the original signature of the principal, registrar, or other officer. In cases where the local, state, or national government keeps educational records, the original signature of an appropriate officer and/or the raised seal or ink stamp of the appropriate agency will constitute official certification. Certification by a public notary is not acceptable. IU South Bend may contact the issuing school or government agency to verify the authenticity of documents.
Credential evaluations completed by private agencies (i.e., Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. or Foundation for Educational Services) are not considered official transcripts or diploma substitutes.