By Tim Reardon, Director of Admissions
Your high school transcript is the record of your academic coursework throughout high school. But is that all it is… does it tell your admissions counselor more? It sure does!
When your transcript first arrives, your admissions counselor looks closely at your high school. What type of school did you attend? Does the school offer challenging courses? What curriculum choices did you make to challenge yourself?
As part of our review here at Norwich, we analyze your transcript and recalculate your academic GPA and your overall GPA. We do this because all schools are different – some weight classes while others do not. Manned with our digital highlighters, we cruise through your transcript highlighting your math, English, history, science and modern language classes. This becomes your academic GPA. We go back through your transcript and add in the remaining elective coursework to calculate your overall GPA.
What we can learn about you from your transcript doesn’t stop at your GPA though! Your counselor will then look at your overall report to see how you preformed from year-to-year.
- Did you start out slow but came on strong as the years went on?
- Does your transcript in some ways resemble a roller coaster – going up and down from year to year?
- Are you strong and steady, maintaining your grades from year to year?
- Does something jump out from your transcript – a quarter, semester, or even year that doesn’t seem to fit in with your overall high school career?
But we know your more than a GPA. More than a set of test scores. Look hard at your transcript. Is there something on there that an admissions counselor wouldn’t know? If you experienced a difficult quarter, semester or year, tell us what happened and why; if you have particular trouble with a subject area, tell us how you addressed your need for help in that area, etc.
Be sure to send along your quarterly report cards as well to help strengthen your file. When you graduate, you also need to send us your official high school transcript, signed and sealed to show proof of your graduation.
We look forward to reviewing your transcript as part of your application packet for Norwich University. Your admissions counselor is happy to work with you and your high school guidance counselor to make this part of the process an easy one!