A high school transcript is a complete record of the grades, curriculum, achievements and credits you earned during your four-year high school career [source: High School Transcript]. How you go about requesting a transcript depends on whether you're requesting it before or after you graduate high school.
If you're still in high school, follow these steps:
- Check with the colleges you've applied to for the proper addresses for transcript submissions.
- Submit a request to your high school records office to send copies of your partial transcript to all the colleges you've applied to.
- Submit a second request to the high school, following graduation, asking them to send your final transcripts to all the colleges you've applied to.
If you previously graduated high school and are now considering a college education, you have a number of options.
- Contact your high school, its district office or local Board of Education and ask if the high school has a Web site on which you can directly apply for a transcript. Check whether the high school submits the transcripts directly to the colleges or mails them to you. In the latter case you'll have to submit the transcripts yourself.
- Ask if your high school has an e-mail address. If it does, request a transcript request form from each college you're applying to, fill out the forms and e-mail them to the high school. If your high school doesn't have e-mail, you'll have to mail, fax or bring in the form in person.
- Check the internet for online transcript request forms from the colleges you're applying to. Print them out, fill them in, and submit them to your high school.