This transcript expectation has been set by the Office of Graduate Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences and it applies to all applicants. Individual programs or departments may set additional requirements or earlier deadlines for the submission of materials. Please contact a specific program of interest for complete requirements information.
Official transcripts are not required by the Graduate School at the time of application but are required from all students who accept an offer of admission to the university.
Once you are admitted to a graduate program in the College of Arts and Sciences, you must submit a required transcript from the institution that your baccalaureate degree was conferred. Transcripts are to be submitted directly to the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Office. The Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) accepts electronic transcripts from accredited U.S. colleges and universities sent via Parchment Exchange, the National Student Clearinghouse, or directly from the accredited U.S. college and university. The transcript must be sent to email@example.com in order to verify the authenticity of the documents. If you are an international applicant please review “International Applicants” for further information.
Please note: An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution. Transcripts and/or English translations may be mailed directly from a Registrar’s office to OGS, or you can choose to send the transcripts yourself with the seal untampered. Additionally, we will not accept incomplete files. Files will only be accepted if they are official and contain all required academic records.
For students who plan on beginning their graduate studies in the fall semester: All official documents must be submitted by the first day of classes. For students who plan on beginning their graduate studies in the spring semester: All official documents must be submitted by the first day of classes. (if applicable)
Please send official credentials and academic records to:
Postal Delivery Service
Washington University in St. Louis
College of Arts and Sciences- Office of Graduate Studies
1 Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130 U.S.A.
Please note that all official credentials, such as transcripts, marksheets, and degree certificates become the property of Washington University in St. Louis once they have been submitted and will not be returned to the student or the issuing institution.
Failure to submit your official transcript after admissions will result in a hold being placed on your account, which will prevent you from registering for courses, paying your tuition bill, etc. Students will not be allowed to complete a full academic year without providing verification of an earned baccalaureate degree or higher.
If you are admitted, you must submit official academic records from the institution that your baccalaureate degree was earned. This should include an official transcript, degree certificate, and certified English translations. You can either schedule an appointment with our admissions team to submit your official documents to our office when you arrive on campus or mail them using the contact information above. If your academic records are in a language other than English, you must provide both the original document and an official or certified, word-for-word English translation, using a third-party service such as WES. WES is a course-by-course evaluation from a reputable credential evaluation agency, a list of other certified evaluation agencies can be found at www.naces.org.
Official vs. Unofficial
Unofficial transcripts are uploaded as part of the application process.
• Photocopies of original documents are unofficial.
• Any transcript that you upload to the application or email to our office is, by definition, unofficial.
Official transcripts are required if you are admitted.
• These are the original documents or attested copies.
• DO NOT mail your official transcripts if they are the only official documents you will ever receive from your previous institution. If your school will not issue multiple official academic records, contact the office and plan on bringing them in person when you arrive on campus.
Please note: For students who plan on beginning their graduate studies in the fall semester: All official documents must be submitted by the first day of classes. For students who plan on beginning their graduate studies in the spring semester: All official documents must be submitted by the first day of classes (if applicable)
GRE - If your program application requires GRE scores, please have ETS send your official score report to Washington University school code 6929. Official scores are only available for five years.
English Proficiency for International Students – All International applicants are required to submit official English proficiency test scores for immigration. Official scores are only available for two years and should be sent to Washington University upon accepting our offer of admission.
TOEFL – TOEFL scores should be sent via ETS to Washington University school code 6929
IELTS – IELTS scores must be mailed from the IELTS testing facility to:
DuoLingo Scores are temporarily being accepted.
Accepted International Students and the Form I-20
All international students that study in the United States need a Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.” After submitting the required documentation to the Graduate School, international students will receive a Form I-20 from Washington University in St. Louis.
After accepting an offer of admission, the admissions office will contact you to let you know what materials are needed in order for us to request a Form I-20.
Color scan of passport’s biographical pages must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complete the New Graduate Student Status Form.
You must also obtain a Form I-20 for any eligible dependents you plan to bring to the United States with you. Please let us know if you plan to bring eligible dependents.
Before You Arrive
- International Graduate Students: visit the Office for International Students and Scholars website.
- Places to live: Most Graduate students live off campus in privately or university owned apartments. Check with the landlord to find out whether you are responsible for setting up and paying for your own utilities in rentals.
- A good place to start your research is with Quadrangle Housing, for Washington University owned properties.
- You can also use the University Apartment Referral Services, an online listing for privately-owned apartments.
- The Graduate Student Senate's Off-Campus Living Committee has a list of housing resources compiled by graduate students.
- Create your WUSTL Key and Activate your WUSTL email account.
- Review your orientation modules. (Available early August 2021)
- Have your Campus ID made (July). Campus Card Services will be printing cards prior to students' arrival on campus. Please refer here for directions on submitting information for your Campus ID.
- Proof of required immunizations required. Information located on the Habif Health and Wellness website.
Upon Arrival on Campus
- International Students: Check in with the Office for International Students and Scholars.
- Check in with your Department: introduce yourself to the departmental assistant, get keys, card access to your buildings and office.
- Meet with your academic advisor.
- Review online orientation modules and attend departmental orientation events.
- Complete your online registration and update your local address on WebSTAC.
- Complete Payroll Information forms and return to your department.
- Become acquainted with your program's health care services and health fee subsidies and coverage requirements for graduate students.
- Register for your UPass, the Washington University Metro Universal rail and bus pass program. (There is no charge to students for this service; requires Student ID and Registration.)
- Get a campus parking permit if you have a car and plan to park on campus. Occasional parking passes are a good option for many students. Please visit the Parking and Transportation website for the most up-to-date information.
- Connect with the peer mentor(s) and senior graduate students in your department to get helpful tips on your department's Peer Mentoring Program.
- Settle into your apartment. You are strongly encouraged to take photos of the condition of your apartment before moving in and to consider purchasing renter's insurance.
- Contact utility providers (if you are responsible for your own utilities): Gas: Spire Energy 314-621-6960 | Electric: Ameren Missouri 800-552-7583.
- Other utilities such as telephone, internet, cable/satellite have multiple providers. Please talk to your landlord about your options.
- Open a local bank account. For your convenience, Bank of America operates a full-service banking facility on campus.
- Remember to change your address with the post office, financial institutions, credit cards, and magazines. Also, change your voter registration if you plan to vote in Missouri. Make sure to use your local apartment address, and not a University Box number for all of your personal mail.
- Transfer car registration/license to Missouri within a month of your arrival or you will face penalty fines. Be sure your car insurance reflects the change. Missouri requires state inspection, proof of insurance and may also require a vehicle emissions test.