Transcript Checklist: Great Tweaks for College-Attractive Transcripts

Here is our transcript checklist (great tweaks for college-attractive transcripts!):

Tweaks for College-Attractive Transcripts

Transcript Checklist: Great Tweaks for College-Attractive Transcripts

Got a college-bound teen? Getting a little nervous?

That’s okay. We 7Sisters are here to help. We’ve helped hundreds of local homeschool high schoolers through graduation and have learned a few tricks for creating college-attractive transcripts.

You know college admissions officers are busy people with thousands of applications to review each year. Each applicant only receives a brief look-over so you want to make sure that you have included what they need to see.

So here is a homeschool transcript checklist.

You can use it to tweak your student’s transcript to make it more college-attractive.

  • Make sure identifying information is easy to find (and correct). Don’t miss the most obvious tip! Name needs to be complete and spelled correctly, along with birthdate and school address.
  • Include levels of rigor on core courses (Language Arts, Maths, Science, History).Many colleges want to know the difficulty level of core courses. Here is a post to tell you how to do decide the rigor of your homeschool high schoolers’ courses.
  • Break down courses by year, go in the same course order each year. Include a section on the transcript for each grade. We record our courses in this order but there is not one correct order of course, but once you set the pattern in 9th grade, follow it each year.
  • Make sure you show not only the grade but the academic year for each school year.For instance: 9th Grade 2016-17; 10th Grade 2017-18, etc.
  • Do not leave out elective courses! Give them a good title, these give transcripts the SPARKLE they need.College admissions officers often say they are looking for courses with *Sparkle* or *Pop*
  • Show that your teen has developed an interest by including several (or more) courses on the same topic. Electives are good for this.
  • Include sections for extracurriculars and service and the years in which those activities were participated. If you’re wondering how to differentiate electives read this post.
  • Also include a section for awards won, including the year.
  • Include a legend or key. Specify how the levels of rigor were decided. Make it brief (keep backup material in a Master Portfolio).
  • Identify who is *signing off* or guaranteeing the verity of the transcript. Is mom the principal or is there an advisor who will verify the transcript?

You’ll be glad you did!

Click here to read more about what colleges look for on a transcript.

Homeschool high school transcripts are important!

But do not worry. We are looking out for you!

Your 7Sisters have put together everything you need for homeschool high school transcript, including Files:

  • 1: A transcript template in easy-to-use editable pdf format
  • 2: A high school checklist, to help you and your teens keep the course requirements organized
  • 3: A detailed, 75-page guide with details on how to create a meaningful high school transcript

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Transcript Checklist: Great Tweaks for College-Attractive Transcripts


Vicki Tillman

Blogger, curriculum developer at, counselor, life and career coach, SYMBIS guide, speaker, prayer person. 20+year veteran homeschool mom.

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