Transcript Requirements

All Applicants

All applicants must have received—or be on track to receive prior to matriculation as a graduate student—a baccalaureate degree from a college or university of recognized standing. For students with international credentials, an equivalent international degree is required. Transcripts are required for every college or university you have attended. Please inform your prospective graduate field if your name on any of your credentials will be different from the one noted on your application.

The online application requires you to upload an unofficial copy of each official transcript. To prepare your transcripts, follow the steps below:

  1. Do not upload transcripts that include a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN). Redact, cross out, or cover your SSN, if applicable, prior to scanning the document.
  2. The online application will not accept or properly display encrypted or password-protected documents. Official electronic transcripts (e-transcripts) must be printed first, then scanned and uploaded.
  3. Scan or save each transcript (and the English translation, if applicable) as a PDF, TIFF, JPEG, or GIF file. Combine multiple pages from the same transcript into one file; the file size for each upload cannot exceed 10MB. 
  4. Ensure each scanned or saved image is clear and easy to read before submitting your application.

Admitted students are required to submit official paper or electronic (e-transcript) transcripts directly to the Graduate School Admissions Office after accepting the offer of admission and prior to enrolling. Please see below for additional details.

Applicants with International Credentials — Additional Requirements

In addition to transcripts, applicants with international credentials must also provide a certified copy of their diploma and/or degree certificate. All academic records must be official documents issued by the college or university and provided in the original language. A certified or notarized English translation must accompany the academic records if the original language is not English.

A complete set of academic records should include the name of the degree program in which you were enrolled, your dates of attendance, a list of courses taken each year, grades received in each course, and the date your degree was conferred (if applicable). Combine multiple pages from the same set of academic records into one file; the file size for each upload cannot exceed 10MB. 

Admitted students are required to submit official paper or electronic (e-transcript) transcripts, as well as a certified copy of the diploma or degree certificate, directly to the Graduate School Admissions office after accepting the offer of admission and prior to enrolling. Please see below for additional details.

Admitted Students

Before enrolling for your first semester [1], you must submit an official, final transcript of your undergraduate degree to the Graduate School Admissions Office, with the degree marked as conferred or awarded. 

  • The Graduate School Admissions Office requires its own official copy of your documents. Any transcripts or other academic records that you submitted with your application, or sent directly to your admitting program, will not fulfill the final transcript requirement. 
  • If you earned your undergraduate degree from Cornell University, you do not need to submit an official transcript.
  • If you earned your undergraduate degree at an institution outside of the United States of America, you must provide the transcript, a certified copy of your diploma and/or degree certificate, and a certified translation of all documents if they are not already in English.
  • All documents sent to the Graduate School Admissions Office will become the property of the university. Physical documents will not be retained indefinitely. You may provide a certified true copy of any irreplaceable original documents. 
  • Due to the volume of transcripts we receive and process, we are unable to send a confirmation receipt when we receive your transcript. We will notify you directly if we are missing any documents.

Electronic submissions are recommended

We accept official e-transcripts delivered securely by your institution or their service partner through:

Note: e-transcripts with an expiration date should not be submitted to the Graduate School Admissions Office during the months of April or May—our office needs to prioritize visa document production during this time and cannot guarantee we will be able to retrieve your documents before your order expires.

Or mail your complete academic records to:

Graduate School Admissions
Cornell University
172 Caldwell Hall
Ithaca NY 14853-2602

[1] If you do not have time to submit your documents before the semester starts, you may bring them in person to Graduate School Orientation or to the Graduate School’s Admissions Office, 172 Caldwell Hall, immediately upon your arrival on campus. Delivering your academic records in person could cause delays in their processing and your ability to register for your first semester.


What is CertiFile? Is it required?

CertiFile is a credential verification and delivery service offered by ApplyWeb (CollegeNET) in partnership with Educational Perspectives and Digitary.  CertiFile Detailed Evaluation provides Cornell with verified official transcripts and other required documents, and prevents the submission of fraudulent or unsuitable international credentials. Using CertiFile is optional. However, it is strongly recommended as it will fully satisfy the Graduate School Admissions Office transcript and degree certificate requirements for admitted students. The service is currently only available to international students.

I already submitted my Admission Supplement, can I still use CertiFile?

Yes. You can initiate a CertiFile order at any time through your ApplyWeb activity page.

How much does it cost?

You will pay $150 to have your credentials verified and evaluated, $12 for the evaluation report, and $10 per credential category, per school that you wish to have delivered to Cornell. The average total cost per student is typically $182-$192 to have undergraduate degree credentials delivered. All amounts are in USD.

I already have credentials stored in my Digitary or MyEquals account. What should I do?

Initiate a CertiFile order through the Admission Supplement or your ApplyWeb account. When prompted, indicate that you want to attach existing academic credentials from your Digitary or MyEquals account, then follow the directions to select the documents you wish to have delivered to Cornell. The cost will be $12 for the first credential category and $10 per additional credential category. The CertiFile service will deliver the credentials directly to Cornell on your behalf.

Who should I contact for help with my order?

You can find the answers to many of your questions using ApplyWeb’s CertiFile help page. For additional technical assistance, email