Official/Unofficial Transcript Definitions

Official Transcript Definition
An official transcript is one that has been received directly from NMU. Official transcripts are printed on official transcript (green and white) paper. It must bear the embossed or raised college seal, date and the Registrar's signature. Transcripts received that do not meet these requirements should not be considered official and should be routinely rejected for permanent use. This definition of an official transcript was endorsed by the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers on November 5, 1987.

Official transcripts are provided in a sealed envelope with the registrar's signature stamped across the seal. Paper copies should remain in the unopened in a sealed envelope until it is presented to the employer, institution or scholarship provider. Northern Michigan University will issue official transcripts to the student.

As of November 2012, NMU will also deliver official transcripts to a secure link by electronic PDF, if requested. NOTE: This service is only available to students who first enrolled at NMU Fall 1993 or later. Any student with attendance dates prior to Fall 1993 can only receive a paper copy.

Official transcripts are required for transfer to another college or university. Official transcripts are also provided to confirm education for professional employment opportunities, teacher or nursing licensure and other credential verification.


Unofficial Transcript Definition
Transcripts that have been in the hands of the student such as student copy/unofficial transcripts are not considered official. Unofficial transcripts are printed on plain paper and do not have a college seal or registrar's signature. Unofficial transcripts cannot be used to transfer to another college or university.

Unofficial transcripts are issued for use by the student only. NMU will only issue unofficial transcripts to the student.