|University Undergraduate Advising Handbook|
UNDERSTANDING A TRANSCRIPT/ACADEMIC VERIFICATION
On the back of an official transcript is a guide titled "Transcript/Academic Verification Key," which provides information necessary to understanding a transcript.
The outline that follows lists the topics that appear on the "Transcript/Academic Verification Key" and provides links to more information. Information in this section relates to both official and advising transcripts. (The Transcripts section describes the differences between official and advising transcripts and provides information on obtaining transcripts.)
TOPICS THAT APPEAR ON THE "TRANSCRIPT/ACADEMIC VERIFICATION KEY"
Release of Information
Provides information on confidentiality.
Official Transcripts/Academic Verification
Describes the characteristics of an official transcript.
States that Penn State is accredited by the Middle States Association and is a member of the Association of American Universities.
Credits and Hours
Gives the number of hours a student would typically be expected to work in order to earn a credit at Penn State.
Describes the relationship between course number and course content. This information is in the Course Descriptions section of the Undergraduate Degree Programs Bulletin.
Provides a guide to the letter that may follow a course or section number. This information is in the Course Descriptions section of the Undergraduate Degree Programs Bulletin.
Basis for Grades
Describes the instructor's responsibility for grading.
Outlines Penn State's grading system and provides a guide to the symbols that appear on the transcript.
Method of Calculation of Grade Points
Provides information on the grade-point equivalents for grades.
The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. Please consult a Penn State academic adviser for more detailed information.
This page is part of the University Undergraduate Advising Handbook, which is maintained by the Division of Undergraduate Studies, DUS@psu.edu.
Reviewed: November 2011
Last Update: May 2008