4 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 is no signature, stamp, or seal. Students and parents can usually obtain an unofficial transcript (to check credits or take on a college visit) from their guidance/counseling office. 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 send a school profile with every transcript. This is typically a one- or two-page document containing pertinent information about the schoolandcommunity.Schoolprofilesusuallyincludeinformationonthesize of the school, the percentage of students who go on to college, the average ACT/SAT scores of previous graduating classes, and information on how the school calculates grade point averages. Whileatranscriptprovidescollegesandscholarship committees with information about a student, the school profile provides information on the high school 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. A hook won’t get a student admitted; however, it will often get a student some extra attention.