Official/Unofficial Transcript Definitions

Official Transcript Definition
An official transcript is a complete representation of a student’s academic record. It includes all courses attempted at NMU, including those withdrawn from and those repeated. It also includes a summary of all transfer credits accepted by NMU.  Academic work completed at different levels (vocational, undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, graduate) is listed on separate transcripts with a separate GPA. Once a student graduates with their bachelor’s degree, that transcript is considered sealed and may not be updated. No additional credentials may be added to the undergraduate transcript and all subsequent coursework will appear on a post-baccalaureate or graduate transcript.

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. Electronic transcripts are considered official if delivered securely through an organization authorized by NMU. Transcripts received that do not meet these requirements should not be considered official and should be routinely rejected for permanent use.

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

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.

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