Coursework requirements, rank, etc. High School Transcripts
- The transcript you submit should be official and should provide rank and high school coursework information.
- If you've recently changed high schools, you may need to send us an official transcript and rank from your former high school to complete your application for admission.
What Makes a Transcript “Official”?
To be official, a transcript must be an original document that includes the high school’s seal or the signature of a school official.
- Copies and faxes: Copies of transcripts and faxes are not original documents and do not satisfy this requirement.
- Electronic transcripts: Texas high school transcripts submitted electronically through TREx (Texas Records Exchange, a submission system run by the Texas Education Agency) are official; electronic transcripts in any other format are not official.
More about Transcripts
If you attend a high school that ranks its students, the official transcript you submit should include information about your rank.
- Format for reporting rank: Rank should be indicated as your numerical position out of the total number of students in your class. For example, if you hold the #5 position in your class of 130, your transcript should show your rank as 5/130. In some cases a student submits an official transcript without including his or her rank. In such cases, the Office of Admissions will accept a letter from a school official (a counselor, for example) that indicates the student’s rank.
- Which semester? Applicants should submit transcripts showing rank for the latest available semester by the application deadline. In most cases, students who apply for the summer or fall semester while they are enrolled in high school should submit transcripts showing rank at least through their sixth semester, or the end of the junior year. Students who apply for admission after graduating from high school generally submit their final high school transcript showing graduation and rank at the time of graduation.
- Non-ranking schools: If your high school does not rank class members, include with your transcript a statement from your school about its policy, a copy of your school’s profile, and a GPA or grade distribution.
Applicants for freshman admission must meet certain high school coursework requirements. The official transcript provides only some of that information.
- Graduating under the recommended/advanced program: If you attend a public high school in Texas and you will graduate under the Recommended or Distinguished/Advanced High School Program, your transcript should include a notation that you will do so.
- Exemption forms (for some students): Applicants who will not graduate from a Texas public high school under the Recommended or Distinguished Program must submit an exemption form along with an official transcript. (Some students meet the requirements based on SAT or ACT scores.)
- Deficiency process (for some students): A small number of applicants must also complete the university’s deficiency process in addition to submitting a transcript and an exemption form. If you need to complete this online process, you will be notified through your MyStatus page.
Transcripts for Home-Schooled Students
Freshman applicants who were home schooled during high school must submit official transcripts of their high school coursework.
- Coursework information: Home-schooled transcripts must list all courses taken at each grade level along with a brief description of the course content; provide information about how each course was taken (in a classroom setting, by correspondence, online, through dual-credit at a community college, etc.); and include the original signature of a school official.
- Official signature: The official who signs the transcript should be the adult person who was primarily responsible for the education of the student; in some, but not all, cases this is the parent of the student.
- Exemption form: Home-schooled students must submit an exemption form along with their high school transcripts (if they are not exempt based on their SAT or ACT scores).