Transcript FAQ

To request a transcript, please see our instructions for ordering a transcript.

Transcripts from Cornell University are free. Requests for official eTranscripts are processed within one business day of the order being placed. The processing and mail delivery time for official paper transcripts is usually 7 to 10 business days.

Problems viewing unofficial transcripts are usually due to pop up blockers preventing the PDF from opening. Please try turning off your pop up blocker temporarily and try to process your transcript again. See How to Disable Popup Blockers for instructions for various browsers.

You will also need Adobe Reader installed on your computer. Get Adobe Reader.

An electronic transcript or eTranscript is a certified PDF of your official transcript. Cornell has partnered with Parchment, Inc. to securely process your transcript request. Recipients of the official eTranscript receive an email with instructions on how to retrieve the document from our secure website. Official eTranscripts can be sent to any valid email address.

Cornell’s official eTranscript is a certified PDF that displays a blue ribbon on the notification bar across the top of Adobe Reader, ensuring the recipient that the digital signature is authentic and the contents of the eTranscript have not been altered. Recipients of Cornell’s official eTranscript must use Adobe Reader to view the transcript.

An eTranscript is considered official in PDF format only. If printed, the words VOID VOID VOID will appear to indicate that the paper copy is not an official institutional document.

Official eTranscript requests are processed within one business day of the order being placed and are the fastest way to receive your transcript. If you need a paper copy of your transcript sent via expedited delivery, you can select this option from the Mailing Method drop-down menu on the transcript ordering page. Please be aware that shipping and handling fees will be applied to your order for expedited shipping.

If you have a hold that prevents the release of your transcript, we cannot process your request until the hold is cleared. Please check Student Center to verify whether you have any holds preventing the release of your transcript.

Cornell produces a transcript of all work completed at the university and will not selectively distribute records from particular schools within the university. The purpose of a transcript is not to portray the student in the best light possible, but to objectively display the academic record of course work and semesters attended at the university.