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High School Transcripts

What is a transcript?

This is the official document that records a student’s academic background, including classes, grades, and credit hours.

Why do colleges need one?

  1. To help us evaluate a student’s academic background and determine his or her readiness for the college experience
  2. To improve the quality of our academic advising
  3. To determine if a prospective student meets the satisfactory completion of general education requirements
  4. To verify high school completion for the purpose of meeting University graduation requirements
  5. To document to outside organizations (accrediting agencies, employers, or government agencies) that the University endeavors to admit only qualified applicants
  6. To satisfy the U.S. Department of Education’s regulations governing the awarding of financial aid

What should be included on a transcript?

  1. The transcript must include all academic course information from the first year of high school through graduation.
  2. Information should include:
    • Course titles (i.e., Algebra I, English 10, Bible)
    • Grades earned — Be sure to provide a scale that shows the relationship between percentages earned and letter grades. This should be done even if reporting only percentages
    • Credit hours earned — The standard measure for awarding credit is the Carnegie Unit. Under this system, a student is awarded one credit for completion of a full-year course that meets daily
    • Anticipated date of graduation (month, day, year)
    • Signature of parent

Where should I mail my transcript?

Send your transcript to Admissions, Cedarville University, 251 N. Main St., Cedarville, OH 45314 or email to