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How to Get an Academic Transcript | Step by Step Guide

You could be a graduate looking to further your education and possibly looking for postgraduate scholarship opportunities.

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You will definitely need to submit some documents including an academic transcript to be considered for admission and a scholarship.

What you need to know about an Academic Transcript

While showing you the step-by-step procedures involved in getting your academic transcript for scholarship and other related purposes, the article also answers the following questions:

what’s academic transcript?

how does university transcript look like?

how to get your academic transcript in nigeria?

application letter for transcript in nigeria?

is transcript the same as certificate?

how long does it take to get an academic transcript and others?

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How important is an academic transcript 

An academic transcript is the closest thing to a permanent record that a student possesses. It contains your academic background, grades, courses taken, and whether or not you graduated. It may also include information such as a history of academic probation, honour code infractions, or school achievement awards. Therefore, an academic transcript is a very important document for any graduate.

Transcripts can open academic doors. They are essential for transferring credits from one university to another and are the greatest approach to validating your previous academic success. Years have passed, and the issue of delayed school transcript collection is still very paramount in some institutions in Africa and other parts of the world.

You might also wonder if an academic transcript is different from a certificate. The short answer is that academic transcripts and certificates are almost the same. Certificates are included in the transcript because they contain information from your previous academic merits.

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Step-by-Step Guide on How To Get an Academic Transcript

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1. Check the transcript policy of your institution.

The first step in getting an academic transcript is to inquire with the admissions office of your institution about their transcript policy. Some institutions may accept unofficial transcripts for admission while waiting for your previous institutions to send the official ones. However, do proper research.

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2. Understand how your previous institution process transcripts

Regarding transcript processing, while some institutions may have digitalized the process, you can’t really say. So it is still critical that you understand the process to be aware of any implications. 

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3. Make a transcript request

You must request your transcript on time to avoid further delays. Some Nigerian institutions for instance will require you to fill out a transcript request form. You can usually fill out the form online, though there may be a small fee. The fee for transcripts to international institutions may be higher.

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4. Write an application letter (if requested)

Some institutions in Nigeria may require you to write an application letter to obtain an academic transcript. Some have websites that include a template for this. You can request a template or ask others who have previously requested one to guide you through the process. This is a guide that can help you.

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5. Follow up

Following up with the institution is extremely important. Follow up with the institution you requested transcripts from to ensure that it is duly sent to the school to which you are applying. Ensure that the process is carried out correctly, so you do not miss out on opportunities.

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Conclusion

Different universities in Nigeria for instance have their peculiarities on how to get an academic transcript. The best bet is to work with whatever applies to your institution. However, this article has simplified the step-by-step procedure.

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Silas Bamigbola

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