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Official Transcripts

In the U.S., official transcripts must be issued by the academic institution and provided to CSU Los Angeles in a sealed envelope. The sealed transcripts cannot be opened prior to submitting them to the University. If the sealed transcripts are opened, they will become unofficial and CSULA will not accept them.

Please note that submitting an original transcripts is not the same as submitting an official transcript, and is not sufficient.

If you are from a country where you are issued only one original transcript that cannot be replaced, do not submit the original as it will not be returned to you, regardless of your final admission status. Once you submit a document to CSU Los Angeles, that document becomes the property of the University and it will not be returned. Additionally, admission documents are destroyed after a prescribed period of time. In instances where you have only one original transcript, you may submit a copy of the transcript for admission evaluation and, if admitted, present the original document in person to the Admissions Office when you arrive on campus to start your studies.

If your academic institution does not provide an English language transcript, you must request two official transcripts from the institution (one for submitting to CSU Los Angeles, and one to take for English translation). The English translation must be a mirror image of the transcript. You will then submit the official transcript and the English translation to CSU Los Angeles for evaluation. Both documents should be sealed by the issuing institution and agency, and submitted unopened to the University.

If you are applying for a graduate program, you may also need to request an additional set of transcript(s) to be submitted to the academic department in which you are interested in studying. To see if your graduate program requires a separate departmental admissions application and documents, please visit








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