Colleges Attended

REQUIREMENTS:

  • REPORT ALL INSTITUTIONS ATTENDED. You are required to report all institutions attended, including but not limited to: college courses taken in high school, summer courses, community college courses, military institutions, post-baccalaureate, graduate, and doctoral work, study abroad, foreign work, etc.  Failure to report an institution runs the risk of your application being undelivered back to you by our verification staff who will require you to report and provide a transcript for the missing program. This can significantly delay the processing of your application.

WARNING! Purposefully omitting an institution is a violation of the Professional Code of Conduct and may subject you to sanctions by CAPCSD.

  • REPORT EACH SCHOOL ONLY ONCE regardless of the number of degrees earned or gaps in the dates of attendance. 
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS may be required for theses schools. Please see the “How To Send Transcripts” section of our instructions for detailed information.

HOW TO ADD A SCHOOL:

  • Click the “Add A College” button.
  • Begin typing the college’s name in the text box. You may only want to type only the beginning of the name so that more options display. PLEASE NOTE: This text box list can be very particular and it may take several tries to bring up your school if you have a school that shares its name with others or has options for spelling it differently. For example, if you have attended “Saint John’s University,” you may need to try “Saint John,” “St. John,” or St John” (no period) to bring the school up on the list. Once you have found your school, select the school from the list. If you have exhausted all options and it does not appear, select “Non-Listed” from the list.
  • If you have earned a degree from the selected school, select “Yes.” If you do not plan to earn a degree at that particular school, select “No.” If you are expecting to receive a degree from the selected school in the future, select “My degree is in-progress.”
  • If you have earned or plan to earn a degree, fill out the type of degree, the date you have earned or plan to earn it, and your major and minor.
  • If you have earned more than one degree at the same school, you can click “Add another Degree” to list another degree at that school.
  • Select the type of term system your school used, either semester, quarter, or trimester. If you are unsure, this is usually indicated on the back of your official transcripts, or you can contact your school’s registrar. Please note that this title does NOT refer to the length of the term or how many terms a year your school offered, but instead what type of hours your credits are worth. If your school has some courses listed as quarter and others listed as semester on your transcript, please enter the term type that is most common (i.e. if you have six quarter terms and two semester terms, enter “quarter.”) Verification will then change the individual semester terms to “semester” during the verification process.
  • Fill out the term, month, and year you first attended this school. If you are no longer attending there, also input the final term you attended. REMEMBER: You are only entering each school you attended ONCE, regardless of gaps in your attendance there.
  • Click “Save this College” to complete the college entry.

WHAT SCHOOLS TO LIST VS. WHAT SCHOOLS NOT TO LIST

U.S. SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, AND UNIVERSITIES

You are REQUIRED to report every U.S. school you’ve received credit from, regardless of whether or not this work is relevant to your pursuit of communication science education. This includes but is not limited to: schools which granted you credit while you were a high school student, schools whose credits transferred to your main university, doctorate classes, summer classes, community college classes, technical/vocational classes, massage and/or alternative medicine classes, etc. If you attended multiple campuses within the same college or college system i.e. SUNY, CUNY, Dallas CC District, San Diego CC District, etc. you must report each campus you received credit from, even if you did not physically attend that campus. If you attended schools within a college consortium, you must report each of these schools separately. You are required to provide transcripts for EACH of these institutions.

CANADIAN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

You are REQUIRED to report every Canadian college or university you may have attended. Canadian students should report schools which issue English transcripts on their application using the school’s name. Canadian transcripts written in English are REQUIRED. CSDCAS will NOT accept foreign evaluations for Canadian transcripts which are written in English.

French Canadian students whose schools do NOT issue English language transcripts must report their schools as a foreign institution. CSDCAS will only accept a foreign evaluation for these schools. CSDCAS will NOT accept Canadian transcripts which are written in French.

STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS

BEFORE you report a study abroad program, read the “Study Abroad and Overseas U.S. Institution Transcripts” section for detailed instructions on how to properly list these schools and what documentation is required.

IMPORTANT: How study abroad is required to be reported has changed this year. If you are re-applying, please review these instructions again BEFORE you report your study abroad.

FOREIGN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

BEFORE you report a foreign school, read the “Foreign and French Canadian Transcripts” section for detailed instructions on how to properly list these schools and what documentation is required.

TEST CREDITS

Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), CLEP, DANTE, REGENTS, ACE, and other exam credits should NOT be reported as a college attended. These various tests are not worth college credit unless a college awards you credit for your performance on them. If a college has awarded you credit for your performance on these exams, you should report that credit under the college which awarded it to you, and it should appear on that college’s transcript. Exam transcripts from the college board, CLEP, etc, should NOT be sent to CSDCAS.

HOSPITALS OR MEDICAL CENTERS

If you took classes at a hospital or medical center,  you are no longer required to report this in the “Colleges Attended” section of your CSDCAS application. Instead, in “Program Materials” section, the CSDCAS programs to which you are applying may request that you upload your hospital or medical center transcript directly to their program via the “Clinical/Professional” upload option under “Documents.” You would need to to to this for each school you are applying to individually. If you are unsure if this is necessary, please contact the CSDCAS programs to which you are applying. You can read more about how this works in the Program Materials section of the Instructions and FAQ.

U.S. MILITARY ACADEMIES

If you attended an accredited U.S. Military school or academy, this work must be reported the same as any other college or university, and your coursework is considered academic. Common institutions which fall under this category include the Community College of the Air Force, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and West Point, among others. Please select the military academy you attended from our Institutions Attended list under “Military Institutions” and list your coursework as it appears on your academy transcript under academic terms. An official transcript is REQUIRED to be provided to CSDCAS directly from your military academy.

U.S. MILITARY SERVICE VETERANS

If you served or are currently serving in the U.S. military and have taken courses as part of your military service which appear on an AARTS, SMART, Joint Services, or Sailor/Marine transcript, you are no longer required to report this in the “Colleges Attended” section of your CSDCAS application. Instead, in “Program Materials” section, the CSD programs to which you are applying may request that you upload your AARTS, Sailor/Marine, SMART, Joint Services, or other military transcript directly to their program via the “Military Papers” upload option under “Documents.” You would need to to do this for each school you are applying to individually. If you are unsure if this is necessary, please contact the PA programs to which you are applying. You can read more about how this works in the Program Materials section of the Instructions and FAQ.

COMMON QUESTIONS:

Q: Should I list my high school?

A: NO. At no time should you ever list your high school as an institution attended. To report university-level credit earned while a high school student, these courses must be reported under the college or university which awarded you the credit. This includes both Advanced Placement and dual-enrollment credit.


Q: What if I attended a college or university that lists multiple campuses on one transcript?

A: You must list each campus attended individually in the “Colleges and Universities Attended” section of your application along with the corresponding coursework.


Q: My transcript indicates both quarter and semester terms. What do I do?

A: If your school has some courses listed as quarter and others listed as semester on your transcript, please enter the term type that is most common (i.e. if you have six quarter terms and two semester terms, enter “quarter.”) Verification will then change the individual semester terms to “semester” during the verification process.


Q: How do I enter a second minor?

A: There is no space to enter a second minor; however, you may select “other” for your first minor from the drop-down menu if you wish.


Q: How can I edit a school in the “Colleges Attended” section?

A: To change an entry in the Colleges Attended section while completing a CSDCAS application, click on the pencil icon to the right of the institution to make any changes.


Q: Do I have to send in transcripts for each of these schools?

A: YES. Please see the “HOW TO SEND TRANSCRIPTS” section of our Instructions and FAQ for more information.



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