Center for International Services & Programs

Official Records Policy

Send transcripts and other required admissions documents to:

Office of International Admissions Processing
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Ave UN 443 Cleveland, Ohio 44115

All documents submitted to Cleveland State become the property of Cleveland State and cannot be photocopied or returned.

Official International Transcripts and Degree Certificates:

Official documents must arrive at Cleveland State in the original sealed envelope as issued by the originating institution, with an institutional stamp or signature on the closed envelope flap. An official transcript or degree certificate is a verification of your academic record issued in the original language from the original issuing source (i.e., college, university, technical school, or secondary school). 

Official transcripts or degree certificates issued in languages other than English must be translated into English and submitted to Cleveland State along with the original official documents.

The following items are NOT official transcripts or degree certificates:

·         a document that arrives at Cleveland State without an envelope or in an open envelope

·         a photocopy of a document

·         a translation of a document which is not sent with the original official documents

Attested International Documents

Many international schools issue only one original transcript or degree certificate. Please do not submit your original copy to Cleveland State. Instead, request that the issuing institution attest a copy of the document. All documents submitted to Cleveland State become the property of Cleveland State and cannot be photocopied or returned.

To request an attested document, send a photocopy (never the original) of the document to the institution that originally issued it. They will verify the photocopy against their records, place the institutional stamp or seal on the photocopy (thereby attesting to its accuracy), put the attested copy into an institutional envelope, and affix their stamp or seal over the envelope closure. The issuing institution can mail the attested copy directly to the Office of International Admissions Processing or you may deliver the sealed envelope to the CISP International Team in person.

Official Translation:

An official translation is an exact, precise English translation of your academic documents that has been prepared by the issuing institution or a professional translator.

The following items are not official translations:

·         a photocopy of a translation which does not accompany the original official document

·         a document translated by you, your friends, or your family

Official Exam Results:

An official exam results certificate is a verification of your exam results issued by the examining body (O-Levels, A-Levels, WAEC, or others). An exam results certificate is not a transcript. Certificates must arrive at Cleveland State in the original sealed envelope as issued by the examining body, with an institutional stamp or signature on the closed envelope flap.

The following items are not official exam results certificates:

·         a document that has been produced or authorized by a school

·         a photocopy of a certificate

·         a document that arrives at Cleveland State without an envelope or in an open envelope

Policy on Unofficial Documents for International transcripts:

Although Cleveland State can use unofficial transcripts from international institutions to evaluate your admission application, you are required to submit official documents before the end of your first term of enrollment. Documents from a US Institution must be official for an admission decision to be made. Failure to provide official documents may result in registration holds and will delay your transfer credit evaluation.