Student Status Prior to Receipt of Official Transcript(s)

Students will be allowed to register for classes, obtain UCIT credentials and apply for student visas during the provisional acceptance period before official transcripts are received by the Graduate School. However, students will not be allowed to complete a full semester of graduate school without appropriate qualifications being verified. Any significant discrepancies between student-provided unofficial transcripts and official transcripts obtained after admission is grounds for dismissal. For international students, lack of an official transcript and/or lack of verification of completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree can lead to UC revoking their student visas. Registration holds will be placed on student accounts and will not be lifted prior to receipt of official transcripts by the Graduate School. Any issues with providing official documents must be communicated by the program to the Graduate School as early as possible.

When inquiring about whether transcripts have been received, please provide as much identifying information as possible. Very often, the problem is that this information was missing from the transcript or incorrectly entered in the Student Information System (Catalyst). Useful information includes the following:

  • Applicant’s full name
  • Any names used by applicant (e.g., maiden names)
  • M# or Empl ID
  • Date of Birth
  • Last four digits of Social Security Number
  • Name of institution issuing expected transcript
  • When the transcript was supposed to have been sent
  • Whether they were sent electronically or through the mail

While it is not necessary to have all this information, the more detail that is available, the quicker the request can be answered.