We are getting ready to release our 2015 application and some of the wording came into question… What do we mean “don’t mail transcripts to our office” when you are submitting an application? This does not mean we don’t want to see them or that they are not reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Actually, contrary to what we say about not sending your transcripts, we actually do need to receive official transcripts. eventually. If you are admitted and decide to enroll at SIPA, official documents must be mailed and received by us before you may register for classes.
However, as an applicant, you may scan and upload unofficial transcripts to your application. Your application will be reviewed with your unofficial records. And you may be admitted with these records. However, in order to enroll, we will need to verify your documents. So please have your university or college send us official copies of your academic records (after you have been admitted). This also applies to GRE, GMAT, TOEFL and IELTS scores. These can all be entered by you into the application for review but again, they will need to be checked and verified with official records from ETS, GMAC, and the Cambridge Assessment Organization if you decide to enroll at SIPA. Allowing you to upload and enter information into your application, allows us to process your application without unnecessary delays, then we can send them off to the Admissions Committee for review… so the fun may begin.
We offer enrolling students a few months to request and send in their official documents so no need to panic… Unless you’re a procrastinator and wait until a few weeks before Orientation (when course registration occurs). Our Office of Student Affairs will put a hold on your account if we do not have a record of your official documents so you will not be able to register for classes… and isn’t one of the main reasons for coming here to take classes?
Key point: Scan and upload unofficial documents for application review but don’t delay in having official documents sent to the Office of Admissions if you are admitted and plan to enroll.