The Office of the Registrar produces official transcripts, which bear the College's seal and the Registrar's signature, are printed on special paper, and include a Transcript Guide to explain elements of the transcript.
Requesting a Transcript: The student or alumna/alumnus completes a Transcript Request Form and provides a written signature. This form may be hand delivered, mailed, faxed, or scanned and emailed. When necessary, requests may also be made in the body of an email message, with the person's scanned signature included as an attachment.
Requests for off-campus study transcripts must be directed to the originating institutions. [Exceptions: ISLE and SITA programs; the Registrar's Office will make copies upon request.]
Transcript Processing Time: Transcript requests are processed in the order in which they are received and may take up to five business days to process. During busy times of the year (course registration, first-year orientation, first week of classes, etc.), process time may be extended. Requests are processed Monday through Thursday.
Due to the large volume of transcript requests, requesters should first confirm receipt of the transcript with the person to whom the transcript was mailed.
Sending Transcripts: All transcripts are sent to the specified addressee and address through regular mail unless express mailing is requested. Overnight FedEx shipping is available at a cost of $20 per address. This fee may be paid by cash, check, or money order; make checks payable to "Bowdoin College." Note that a request for overnight shipping does not speed up the normal processing time.
Transcripts may be given or sent directly to the student or alumna/alumnus. These transcripts are stamped, "ISSUED TO STUDENT IN SEALED ENVELOPE."
Transcripts cannot be sent electronically, nor will transcripts be emailed.
The Office of the Registrar produces official transcripts. Current students use the academic records in their Polaris accounts as unofficial transcripts.
Office of the Registrar
4500 College Station, Bowdoin College
Brunswick, ME 04011-8436