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Transcripts & Ordering

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.

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

An Unofficial Transcript is available to current students only. You may access it through your Merlin account (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

How do I order a transcript?

All transcript orders are placed online. Transcript ordering and fulfillment services for North Central College are provided by Parchment/Credentials Solutions.

  • Secure electronic transcripts (PDF) - $7.00 per copy. Transcripts are available electronically only to current students and to those who first enrolled at North Central in Fall 1995 or after.
  • Printed Transcripts (postal delivery) - $7.00 per copy. Printed transcripts are available to all current and former students and 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. Printed transcripts are available to all current and former students and may be collected from the Office of the Registrar during normal business hours. Select “Regular Service – Pick up” when ordering. 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.

Official transcripts will not be provided to students with account balances or documents overdue to the College.

Current Students

Current students Login to Merlin to Order an Official Transcript. Current students and recent alumni with active Merlin accounts should login and select Students > Academic Profile > Transcript Request. Ordering through Merlin provides immediate authorization.

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Former Students

Former students Connect to Parchment/Credentials Solutions to Order an Official Transcript. Former students and alumni should order directly through Parchment/Credentials Solutions. These orders may qualify for automatic authorization if certain identifying information matches your records at North Central College. Orders not automatically authorized must be authorized by the student. An authorization form will be provided at the end of the ordering process.

North Central College Transcript Online Order Form

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Former Shimer College Students 

Former Shimer College Students connect to our online order form to order an Official Transcript. North Central College has assumed custodial responsibility for Shimer College student records. Students may obtain their transcripts through North Central College’s Office of the Registrar by placing an order through the order form link below.

Shimer College Transcript Online Order Form

  • Select the option for Order Paper Hard-Copy Transcript
  • Enter your demographic and contact information
    • Select the option for I Don’t Know My Student ID and you’ll be able to enter your Social Security Number instead
  • On the following page, select Shimer College Records ONLY in the last box on the page
  • Follow the prompts on the remaining pages.

All transcript orders must be authorized by the student. An Authorization Form will be provided at the end of the ordering process.

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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.

Grade Processing and Transcripts

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

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

Student Account Status and Academic Transcripts

Transcripts will not be provided to students with overdue accounts at the College. Questions regarding overdue balances may be directed to Student Accounts at or 630-637-5689.

Transcripts will not be provided to students with outstanding documents due to the College. Questions regarding outstanding documents may be directed to the Office of the Registrar at or 630-637-5255.