Transcript Instructions for Incoming Students


Academic transcripts - A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. university or its equivalent from another country, awarded by the summer of the year that you begin classes, is required for you to study at Columbia Journalism School.

During the initial phase of the application process, you were permitted to upload unofficial copies of your academic transcripts for evaluation purposes. Now that you have been accepted and chosen to enroll, you will need to submit official electronic transcripts from each university attended for at least one term, regardless of the number of credits received.

An official transcript is one that comes directly from the university or through a credentials verification service. If you submitted the transcript yourself, it is not official. If you already had your official transcripts sent to Columbia Journalism School during the initial application process, you do not need to resend them.

Please note, you must have transcripts from every university you have attended, without exception, sent to Columbia Journalism School before July 1, and the official transcript from your undergraduate degree-granting institution must indicate bachelor's degree conferred.

Please review the official transcript submission methods below:

  • Transcripts from Domestic Institutions
    • Electronic transcripts: Receiving electronic transcripts via a point-to-point system that bypasses the student (using vendors such as Parchment, Credentials Solutions, and the National Clearinghouse) enhances efficiency and ensures authenticity of materials. All admitted students who have attended a college or university in the Unites States must submit electronic transcripts directly from their school, delivered directly to The Office of Admission's email address
    • Paper transcripts: If an admitted student's U.S.-based institution does not offer electronic delivery, the student must write to the Office of Admission with the link to their prior U.S. institution's webpage concerning transcript orders to confirm that paper is the only option and obtain permission to submit a paper transcript. If a paper transcript is the only option, it must be sent directly from the institution to Columbia Journalism School, and not delivered or forwarded via the student.  Paper transcripts should be mailed from the U.S. institution directly to the Office of Admission (Columbia Journalism School, 203 Pulitzer Hall, Mailcode 3801, 2950 Broadway, New York, NY 10027).
  • Transcripts from International Institutions
    • International institutions outside of the People's Republic of China: Admitted students who attended international institutions must submit an electronic transcript if their school offers secure online delivery to the email address. If the school cannot send transcripts electronically through a secure online system, they must contact World Education Services (WES) and order a course-by-course evaluation and International Credential Advantage Package to be sent directly to the Office of Admission (Columbia Journalism School, 203 Pulitzer Hall, Mailcode 3801, 2950 Broadway, New York, NY 10027).
    • International institutions within the People's Republic of China: Admitted students who attended institutions in the People's Republic of China can access a unique resource through CHESICC, the credentials verification service affiliated with the People's Republic of China's Ministry of Education, to arrange for submission of a "Verification Report of China Higher Education Student's Academic Transcripts" AND a "Verification Report of China Higher Education Qualification Certificate." These should be delivered electronically to Columbia Journalism School's email address