Your High School Transcripts: What Do They Mean?

on June 22, 2016

As you're getting ready to apply to college, you'll hear a lot about your transcripts.

This can be a little confusing and intimidating, especially as most high school students have never seen their transcripts for.

What Are Transcripts?


Transcripts are the official record of your course of study. They list all the classes you took, the final grades you received in each class and your overall grade point average (GPA).

Why Do They Matter?


Your transcripts are your academic history - that means they're very important to college admissions teams. You'll be required to send your transcripts to a college you're applying to for review.

A highly selective college or university may wonder if an applicant whose transcripts show C and D grades has a chance of succeeding in a more rigorous academic environment.

How Can I Send My Transcripts to Colleges?


Your transcripts are one of the most important parts of your college application. Failure to submit them to the colleges you're considering means you may not complete your application. How you submit the transcripts depends on your high school and the type of application you're filling out. 

If you're applying using the Cappex Application, you have two options:

  • You can choose to have your transcripts sent separately, outside the Cappex Application
  • You can have Cappex email your counselor and your counselor can submit your transcripts via the Cappex Application for you

If you're applying via another application (like the Common Application or Universal Application), you'll need to arrange for your transcripts to be sent to the school. High schools do this differently. Some will require you to formally request the transcript and send it to the school yourself, while others will just ask you to tell your counselor which schools you're applying to and send the transcripts on your behalf.

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