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Students who have satisfied all financial obligations to the University are entitled to an official transcript of their academic records, which they may order from Student Records or online through CAESAR. NU-Q Student Records is committed to safeguard the personal and academic data of our students and electronic transcripts are the easiest, efficient and most secure method to order paper transcripts or the new electronic transcript delivery. An official transcript bears the University Seal and a signature certifying its authenticity.

Electronic transcripts

Electronic transcripts are available to be downloaded (maximum of 3 downloads per transcript) for 30 days from date of issue. They are delivered electronically, typically within a couple of hours, excluding during times of scheduled maintenance and planned system outages.

Paper transcripts

Paper transcripts are available within 1 business day of receipt of request. All paper transcripts can be collected from Student Records office or mailed as stated on the request.


Except for internal educational uses or as otherwise required by law, Northwestern issues official transcripts only upon written authorization of the student concerned. Because of the confidential nature of a student’s record, telephone or verbal requests for transcripts will not be accepted.
Requests for transcripts initiated by persons or agencies other than the student or appropriate educational agencies will not be filled until written authorization has been secured from the student. When these requests can be anticipated, students can avoid delay by providing such authorization in advance.

Unofficial transcripts

Current students can print unofficial copies of their transcripts by accessing their student records on CAESAR. Former students who no longer have access to CAESAR should consult Student Records.

Other universities

Northwestern University does not release or certify copies of transcripts received from other schools or institutions.  Students needing official transcripts from study abroad experiences must request such transcripts from the institution or program attended.

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