I’ve seen a ton of questions recently on the proper way to input your transcripts into CASPA, so I thought I would go more in-depth into this than last time!
The most important thing you need to do is read CASPA’s FAQ section. They seriously answer any question you could possibly have and are very clear! But, if you don’t want to read this, or you still don’t understand, here is my take on the information.
- You have to enter every college you have attended. Dual-enrollment? enter it. Transferred after second year? enter it. Post-Bac? enter it. Graduate school? enter it. (you get the point).
- only enter each school once-even if you attended it more than once
- You can pick “in progress”, “yes”, or “no” about whether you earned a degree at that program
- If you earned more than one degree, enter the in progress degree first and then the completed degree.
- enter the type of credits earned-semester, quarter, or trimester
- enter the dates that you attended (or are attending) the university.
- The school at which you earned your BS (or your first BS) will be chosen as the Primary School.
- You have to enter every class you’ve taken, not just prerequisites. This included dual enrollment, AP classes, IB classes, etc.
- For AP classes:
- enter these during your first semester of classes (for me this was Fall 2012).
- On your transcript (which you need to have on hand during this process), your school is going to write what course the AP course gave you credit for. This is the course name-NOT the AP class name-make sure to enter it exactly as you read it.
- if your transcript says the AP name, use the university provided course code to look up what college class you got credit for!
- for the grade, input “P” for pass.
- after you finish all of your coursework, you will be able to go back and mark these classes as AP classes
- Same thing for IB classes
- For Dual-enrollment
- make sure you enter the correct school these were taken at.
- enter the correct year
- enter the correct course name from THAT school’s transcript
- you WILL have to send this transcript to CASPA
- When inputting classes, make sure to type the name EXACTLY as it appears on your transcript.
- Have your transcript on hand while you do this!
- Make sure grades are inputted correctly! CASPA has a great chart here. Check it out. It’s under CASPA Grade Charts.
- If the lab was separate from the class, enter it separately. If the class was combined, enter them together.
- If your class says Intro to Chem on the transcript, write it as INTRO TO CHEM NOT introduction. This may seem so simple, but it can hold up your application verification (which you don’t want).
- If you withdrew from a class, enter it into CASPA. Mark the grade as “W”
- if you withdrew failed mark it as “WF”
- if you retook this class later, you’ll be able to mark it when you finish inputting all classes.
- You are able to make both in progress and planned semesters.
- this is great for prerequisites you’re planning on taking.
- or if you were like me and hadn’t completed your Bachelor’s before applying
- CASPA does NOT verify these classes, so even if they are not marked on your transcript you can put them in CASPA
- When you finish your “in progress” courses, you can update them in the coursework section
- however, if CASPA has already verified your transcript and calculated your GPA, these will NOT be included.
- This is why, if you have prerequisites and are taking spring or summer classes, you should wait. This includes graduating! I took a Summer A class (our summer is split into two mini-semesters) that included a prerequisite for most schools and I waited until I had finished this semester before submitting my transcript to CASPA so it could be verified.
- For AP classes:
- After you finish inputting all of your courses, you will be able to mark which classes were AP, IB, test credit, study abroad, and retaken.
- You’ll need to send a transcript from EVERY school you attended to CASPA.
- do this early, but after you finished Spring semester. You want those GPA points and classes.
- After you finished CASPA transcripts and it has been verified, you can (and should) update the schools your applied for additional classes completed.
- You can also pay CASPA to input your transcripts for you. DON’T do this.
- it’s expensive, I know people who have had errors made, and honestly inputting your transcript shouldn’t be too hard.
Hopefully this clears up some confusion! When in doubt, check CASPA FAQs as they are super informative and wonderful.
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