Ordering transcripts for schools you attended, but did not graduate from.

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by faero13, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. faero13

    faero13 Member

    Why would a graduate school admissions office require official copies of undergraduate schools you have attended, including those that you just took a few classes at and did not graduate from? How or why would these have any bearing on admission to a graduate program?

    Two months ago, I applied for admission to a university that offers a MS program I was interested in, ordered transcripts for all schools I graduated/hold a degree from, and now I am being told that since other schools are listed on my undergraduate transcripts, I have to order transcripts from them as well. On top of this, the admissions office lost my COSC transcript that I paid extra to rush, so now they want me to order a new one and send again.

    This has been a long, dismal admissions process that has annoyed me to say the least. I am now seriously considering withdrawing my application and looking elsewhere.

    Are there any similar experiences?
  2. graymatter

    graymatter Member

    Yes. I took single classes from 2 undergraduate programs (other than the one I graduated from) and 3 graduate programs (other than the one I graduated from - for my masters degree). One undergraduate course and 1 graduate course are both prerequisites for a number of things (including licensure). As a result, I have several times had to request my transcript... for just 1 course.
  3. Lerner

    Lerner Well-Known Member

    That's exactly what I did.
    I didn't like the way they treated me and handled the transcript.
    I wrote email to the president and the dean of the department I was applying to.
    Followed by withdrawal of my application.
    Later I applied to another graduate school.
    BTW I never got a reply on my emails which made me even happier that I'm not studying at that school.
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  4. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    The reason they need transcripts from all schools is that they want to know your real GPA (cumulative from all schools, not just the GPA from the school you finally graduated from). The students with the best overall GPAs are the most likely to get admitted.
  5. DxD=D^2

    DxD=D^2 Member

    I have heard this is a typical requirement for most grad schools. I have only attended three schools so far: my local CC, American Public University, and Liberty. I took one course at APUS, but never had it transferred to Liberty. It was one of these "How to succeed in an online class" course, so I didn't bother to include it on my Liberty's transcripts.

    I don't feel obligated to give my future grad school my APUS transcript because it is not listed on my undergrad record. That one class at APUS was the class the made me not want to attend that school.

    If I were you, I would do what Lerner did, email them about the their neglectful practices about losing your transcript and see what they can do to help reimburse you to request another transcript. If they do not respond, then chances are they don't care about your enrollment, and I would ditch them.
  6. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    I had to do this when applying to my Master's program, but when it came to doctoral study none of them insisted on receiving the complete set of transcripts from my perpatetic undergraduate career -- the one from Charter oak was sufficient.
  7. cookderosa

    cookderosa Resident Chef

    Yep, I feel your pain. They want the transcript because it's part of your degree. You can probably skip anything that went unused, but if it's there, they want it. This is an expensive effect not often discussed here. I know when I earned my BA, I thought I was very smart to price shop and take full advantage of the cherry-picking. It does, however, add cost on the back end. Each and every time I need to provide transcripts, I have 7 to request. Not only is it expensive, but frankly, since this can't be done online it's a friggin pain in the rear. Everyone wants printed/mailed requests, which means stamps too. Hindsight is 20-20!

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