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Here's the good news: Unless a college counselor is looking at the applications of 2 students from the same high school, it's highly unlikely that any 2 transcripts s/he does look at will look anything alike. So understand that there is neither one, right way nor a wrong way to format your transcript . More important than how it looks is what it says ... about you!


More good news: The Common App has made it so that it is no longer necessary to pack every single thing about your life into your transcript. Today's transcripts needn't include standardized test scores (you should arrange to have those sent directly from the College Board or the ACT if you are not applying "test optional"), Social Security numbers, or a list of extracurricular activities and hobbies (that's what your resume is for). Additionally, there's no need to try and squeeze all of your academic information into a single sheet of paper.  Quite the opposite, in fact!  Homeschoolers' transcripts tend to be lengthier than those of publically educated applicants; unless your transcript includes a description of all of the courses listed, it won't make much sense to anyone who reads it. I have seen transcripts that were well over 30 pages. More on that later. 


For now, here's what every transcript should include:

  • Student's name, address, home phone & cell number, email address.
  • A title that includes the "name" of your homeschool (which can be anything you come up with including something as generic as "Official Homeschool Transcript."
  • Expected date of graduation (month & year is fine).
  • Each course name, grade received (either letter or numeric), and credit value.
  • Optionally, you may also want to include the date of completion for each course (unless you choose to format by year, in which case, adding completion dates would be overkill). 
  • Total number of credits earned.
  • Current grade point average.
  • Grade table or grading scale.
  • Statement of Certification and signature(s) of parent(s).