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Transcripts are a record of your accomplishments as a student, including courses taken, grades received, honors achieved, and degrees completed. These transcripts are a vital part of your application to the Graduate School, giving your desired departments the opportunity to evaluate your candidacy.

When Submitting your Application

In order for us to process your application, you will need to upload copies of your transcripts to your application. A transcript acceptable for uploading is one that you obtain from your institution’s registrar or recorder of records. Documents that are not acceptable are noted below. Transcripts that are in a language other than English must be accompanied with English translations. Copies of transcripts from all undergraduate and/or graduate institutions you have attended are required.

If you are a current or former student at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, you do not need to upload a copy of your transcript. Our office will be able to access your transcript. However, you must include The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in the colleges/universities you list on your application.

It is critical that all required transcripts be uploaded to the online application, even if you didn’t receive a degree. Do not email your transcripts to the Graduate Admissions office unless instructed to do so by that office.

A transcript acceptable for uploading is one that you obtain from your institution’s registrar or recorder of records. Transcripts that are in a language other than English must be accompanied by English translations.

Do not upload into the online application any of the following:

  • DARS reports or advising transcripts
  • An evaluation provided by a credential service, for example, Educational Credentials Evaluators (ECE) OR World Education Services (WES)
  • Institutional web-based transcript/academic record

If you do not upload your transcript(s) with your application, you must have your official transcript(s) mailed directly from the institution(s) to the Graduate Admissions office. Please keep in mind that doing this will delay the processing of your application.

Documents uploaded with your application are not considered official. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville does not consider transcripts that come from applicants or that have been in the applicant’s possession as official. Only transcripts sent directly from the institution to the Graduate Admissions office are considered official.

Alternatively, an official transcript may be sent electronically by the registrar or recorder of records using the institution’s secured electronic submission system (such as eScrip-Safe or Parchment). If the registrar requests an e-mail address to send the secured electronic transcripts, you should provide the following e-mail address: Do not send other correspondence to this address. Do not send unofficial transcripts to this address. Only secured electronic transcripts sent to this address will be acknowledged.

Applicants who have attended institutions in China will find instructions on how to request transcripts through the CHESICC service within the online application.

After Enrollment

If you are admitted to a program, and accept the admission offer, you will be required to provide an official transcript, sent to us by mail or electronic submission directly from all institutions attended. Your official transcript(s) will need to be received before your second term of enrollment.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admission process and to rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between unofficial and official transcripts are found.

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