Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 344 A transcript provides admissions and scholarship committees with important objective data. All col- leges and most scholarship programs request that an official transcript be submitted with each appli- cation. Unless it is electronically transferred directly from one institution to another, an official transcript must have a signature, stamp, or seal verifying its authenticity. An unofficial transcript is exactly the same as an official transcript, except that there’s no signature, stamp, or seal. Students and parents can usually obtain an unofficial transcript from their guidance office to check credits or to take on a college visit. The sample transcript on the following page will give you an idea of what a high school transcript might look like. School Profile Many high schools have a school profile that they send with every transcript. A school profile is a one- or two-page document that includes pertinent in- formation about the school and community. School profiles usually include information on the size of the school, the percentage of students who go on to college, the average ACT/SAT scores of the previous graduating class(es), and information on how the school calculates grade point averages. While the transcript provides colleges and scholar- shipcommitteeswithinformationaboutthestudent, theschoolprofileprovidesinformationontheschool the student is attending. Colleges look for “hooks” Colleges are looking for students who have something that makes them stand out. Colleges call these “hooks.” A hook could be a noteworthy achievement, unique characteristic, special talent, or something that brings diversity to a campus. By itself, a hook won’t get a student admitted. It will often, however, get a student some extra attention.