Key to Transcripts of Academic Records

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Basic Information

The University of Chicago is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  For information regarding accreditation, approval or licensure from individual academic programs, visit

The University of Chicago includes the undergraduate College; the William B. and Catherine V. Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies; the Institute for Molecular Engineering; four graduate divisions: Biological Sciences, Humanities, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences; six graduate professional schools: Divinity School, Law School, Pritzker School of Medicine, Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, School of Social Service Administration; and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Calendar & Status
The University calendar is on the quarter system. Full time quarterly registration in the College is for three or four units and in the divisions and schools for three units. For exceptions, see Graduate Residence Status.

Course Information
Generally, courses with the first three digits numbered from 10000 to 29999 are courses designed to meet requirements for baccalaureate degrees. Courses with numbers beginning with 30000 and above meet requirements for higher degrees.

The Unit is the measure of credit at The University of Chicago. One full Unit (100) is equivalent to 3 1/3 semester hours or 5 quarter hours. Courses of greater or lesser value (150, 050) carry proportionately more or fewer semester or quarter hours of credit.

Basis of Authenticity
Transcripts of University of Chicago academic records for students registered after Spring Quarter 1979 are presented in two media: Paper or Electronic.

Paper Transcripts: these are computer generated and printed on safety paper. The transcript is official if it bears the signature of the University Registrar in white over the smaller University seal on the front of the transcript. Further detail on verifying authenticity appears on the face of the document.

Electronic Transcripts: these are digitally signed, sent electronically, and display a blue ribbon certificate of authenticity. For more information on authenticating electronic transcripts, click here.

FERPA Re-Disclosure Notice
In accordance with U.S.C. 438(6)(4)(8)(The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974) you are hereby notified that this information is provided upon the condition that you, your agents, or employees, will not permit any other party access to this record without consent of the student. Alteration of this transcript may be a criminal offense.