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Official Transcripts

You should have your official transcripts sent to the Graduate School or bring them with you in a sealed envelope when you arrive at the university. 

What qualifies as an official transcript?

Official transcripts are sent directly from your previous and/or current institution(s) to the Graduate School by electronic delivery or submitted in an envelope sealed by that institution. Opened copies are not considered official.  


Sending in Transcripts

Contact each university you have attended for course credit and follow their procedures for requesting official transcripts through mail, courier or a verified electronic transcript service.  

Mail or Courier Address

The Graduate School
University of South Carolina
1705 College Street, Suite 552
Columbia, South Carolina 29208 

Electronic Transcript Service (Clearinghouse, Parchment, WES-ICAP, CSSD)

Choose the option specifically for University of South Carolina Graduate School or

Note: the digital transcript service SPEEDE only sends documents to the Undergraduate Admissions office.  Once you receive confirmation that your SPEEDE transcript has been downloaded, please forward the notification to so we can request your transcript to be sent to the Graduate School.

University of South Carolina Transcripts

Applicants do not need to send USC transcripts to our office.  The Graduate School has access to all USC academic records.  

What to Send

Transcripts must be sent from every institution attended for course credit, even if a degree was not awarded. Documentation includes final grade sheets, a statement of degree(s) awarded and the date each degree was conferred.  International universities often have separate grade sheets and certificates showing proof of degree; we need both documents.

When to Send

You must send your official transcripts before the end of your first term to continue in your program. To avoid registration issues, all final, official transcripts should be submitted by mid-term of your first semester. 

Do Not Send Before You Apply

Sending your official transcripts or other materials before you submit your graduate school application can delay processing.

International Students

International applicants should not mail their personal, original transcripts to avoid losing them. Request your university send certified copies or bring your original transcripts to the Graduate School when you arrive on campus. Translations are appreciated, but not required.

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