For school counselors and advisers overseeing international applications, keeping track of these competing requirements is one of the hardest parts of the job, and something we get asked about a lot here at BridgeU.
Let’s take a quick look at what most counselors can expect to find in their in-tray when application season comes around.
- Collating relevant documents and school reports and administering their delivery.
- Ensuring they meet each university’s relevant deadlines and milestones
- Liaising with students and parents who are anxious about their transcripts and documents reaching a university or college safely.
Many university systems have automated the document sending process, with organisations such as UCAS, the Common Application and Parchment making it easier to submit academic transcripts and certificates online.
This doesn’t change the fact that submitting school transcripts and other application documents is often a lot of complex work.
But the good news is that, when you strip away the jargon and terminology used in different countries, most universities are looking for broadly similar information from the documents schools are required to send.
Broadly speaking, these include:
- Letters of recommendation/school references
- A students’ test scores and academic grades (a.k.a the school transcripts)
- Contextual information on the student’s school & the curriculum they have been working towards (i.e. a school profile).
So if you’re currently administering your students’ university applications and feeling stressed about the sheer volume of documents and supporting materials you need to send, worry not!
We’ve put everything you need to know about submitting school transcripts and document sending in one place.
So let’s dive in and break down some of the most popular university systems in more detail.