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Transcripts & Ordering

How do I order my Official Transcript?

All transcript orders are placed online:

If you attended both North Central College and Shimer College, order each transcript separately through the respective links above.

Transcript ordering and fulfillment services for North Central College are provided by Parchment.

Character Education Institute Transcript Orders

To order your Character Education Institute transcript, please visit North Central College’s Parchment storefront at

Begin placing your transcript order as if for a North Central College transcript. Then select “Character Education Institute” on the Item Details page when ordering.

Note: If you have also attended North Central College, your Character Education Institute transcript is a separate record and will not include any undergraduate or graduate coursework taken by you at North Central College. Place separate orders for your NCC and CEI transcripts.

How are transcripts provided?

North Central College offers electronic, mailed, or in-person pickup options:

  • Secure PDF transcripts (electronic delivery) - $7.00 per copy. Fulfillment of PDF transcript orders for Shimer students and for North Central students who first enrolled before Fall 1995 may require additional processing time.
  • Printed Transcripts (postal delivery) - $7.00 per copy. Printed transcripts may be sent directly to the recipient via First Class mail, or via FedEx for an additional charge.
  • Printed Transcripts (in-person pickup) - $11.00 per copy. Select “Local Pickup” when ordering. Printed transcripts may be collected from the Office of the Registrar during normal business hours with a valid photo ID. You will receive an email notification when your transcript is ready.

North Central College does not provide faxed transcripts due to security, data transmission, and privacy considerations.

North Central College issues official transcripts for both undergraduate and graduate students and alumni, along with students and alumni of Shimer College. Transcript requests will be processed for all students who order a transcript. However, students or alumni who owe a past due financial balance are encouraged to contact Student Accounts at or 630-637-5689 to discuss opportunities for payment. Official transcripts will be released for students with past due balances, provided the transcript request meets the requirements for such release as stipulated in Illinois Public Act 103-0054.

Degrees are conferred at the end of each semester. Diplomas will be issued approximately 3-4 weeks after the end of the semester. Diplomas are not released to students owing a past due balance to the College.

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Can I order an Unofficial Transcript?

Currently, North Central College only issues Official Transcripts, and only upon the authorized online request of the student, graduate or former student.

However, an Unofficial Transcript is available in Merlin to current students, for reference only. This unofficial record lists the student’s name, courses, semesters, completed credit hours, grades and cumulative GPA, but does not indicate North Central as the institution. North Central does not make this record available to anyone but the student. Current students may access this record through Merlin (Students > Academic Profile > Transcript).

Once you have ceased being a student, you will retain Merlin access until the end of the following semester (usually about 6 months). After that time, your Merlin access will be terminated and if you wish to review your academic record for any reason, whether for personal, academic or professional purposes, you will need to order an Official Transcript. Please refer to the college’s account termination policy at

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General Transcript Facts, Types & Information

What is a transcript?

An Official Transcript is an official document used for the purpose of outlining your academic history at the college. It provides a term-by-term list of your courses including courses in progress and future registered courses. Credits attempted and earned, grades received, term and cumulative GPA and academic standing, including honors, probation and dismissal are displayed on the transcript. Degrees conferred along with major(s) and minor(s) are also listed. Extracurricular activities and non-classroom achievements are not included on an Official Transcript.

The College's transcript is a complete record of all academic work taken at this institution, regardless of whether the student was enrolled at the undergraduate level or graduate level or both. The College does not produce partial transcripts.


What is an Academic Transcript? 

An academic transcript is the College’s official certification of courses taken by, grades earned by, and degrees conferred upon an individual student. Students and alumni may need an academic transcript when seeking admission to graduate or professional schools, applying for external scholarships and fellowships, transferring to another institution, or completing applications for employment.


Character Education Institute

The Character Education Institute curriculum is not a North Central College academic program. Therefore, students who have attended both North Central College and the Character Education Institute will have a separate transcript for each. A Character Education Institute transcript does not include any undergraduate or graduate coursework a student may have taken at North Central College, and a North Central College transcript does not include any Character Education Institute courses a student may have taken.


Grade Processing and Transcripts

Grades are recorded on transcripts at the end of each academic term. Currently-enrolled students may request that a transcript order be held until grades for the current term are recorded or until a degree is conferred and posted. This option is presented during ordering. For those who request this option, official transcripts will not be produced until all grades and/or degrees have been finalized and posted in order to avoid sending partial grade information. Once grades and/or degrees have been processed for all students, transcript production will resume.

Questions regarding transcripts or transcript orders may be directed to North Central’s Office of the Registrar at or 630-637-5252.