Ask Julie: Talking about Official Transcripts

Julie Dellinger - 2015 headshotI’m confused about which transcripts need to be uploaded into my application. Won’t my ‘official’ transcripts become ‘unofficial’ once I open the envelope?

In order to apply for our Part Time MBA program, we do need an official transcript. However, you’re absolutely correct in saying that the official transcript is no longer official once you open the envelope. So, here is what you do… order TWO official transcripts from your undergraduate institution. Open one and scan it to include in your application. Keep the other one sealed – once you are accepted into the program the Graduate School will contact you directly to tell you when/where to turn it in.

Also, please note that applicants will need to upload a transcript from any school they attended. At times, if an applicant transfers in courses from a community college to a 4 year school, the 4 year school transcript does not always list the grades received at the community college. To be on the safe side, applicants should submit all transcripts to avoid a delay in an admission decision later on.

Julie Dellinger is the Associate Director of Part-Time MBA Admissions at the Smith School. You can contact her directly with your Admissions questions at (240) 565-2117 or

2 Responses

  1. jdelling says:

    Hi Anna,

    Yes, you will need up upload your undergraduate transcripts in order to apply to our Part Time MBA program.


  2. Anna Prykhodkina says:

    Thank you for this information. I am glad I came across it. I will order an extra copy from WES.
    Do I still need to upload the college transcripts even if I am applying for a Master’s program?
    Thank you,