Transfer Application Requirements

College Reports & Transcripts

A college report, an official high school transcript (or equivalent), and official transcript(s) from every college/university attended are required.

  • Ask your high school to submit your official high school transcript (including your graduation date) or a certified copy of your final examination results.
  • Ask an official at your current institution to submit a college report.
  • Request official transcripts from every college/university from which you have earned credit.
  • A mid-term grade report is not required for transfer admission.

You must submit official high school and college transcripts. If you attended more than one high school, submit an official transcript from each school if the grades from the earlier school(s) do not appear on your final high school transcript. Official transcripts are required for any coursework taken at any college.

Give school personnel ample time to complete and send the forms prior to the March 15 application deadline. It is your responsibility to ensure that we receive official copies of all transcripts.

College Report

A college report offers your academic dean, advisor or other school administrator an opportunity to tell us about you and your academic strengths in relation to your peers, as well as information regarding your academic standing at the institution. The information gleaned from this document also sets your academic experience in context for us: how large was your entering class and what kinds of programs are offered at your current institution. This information is important to us as we assess your achievements within your college environment and within our transfer applicant pool.


The primary criterion for admission to Stanford is academic excellence. We seek evidence of your preparation and potential to succeed in your academic record. Your college transcript should reflect that you have taken a rigorous and balanced curriculum. There are no required courses for admission to Stanford. If you have attended college for more than one year, we expect that you have begun to focus in a potential major area of study.

If you are applying during your first year of college, your high school transcript will carry more weight in our review process. Conversely, if you are applying during your second year of college, or later, your college transcript will receive more attention.

Updated on July 25, 2017 4:25 PM