Credentials Verification

Columbia University requires all incoming students to complete a credentials verification process before enrollment. The process includes verification of letters of reference and of all post-secondary transcripts and degrees awarded.

Columbia GSAS has contracted with Re Vera Services to assist with the verification of letters of recommendation. All GSAS applicants must provide consent to participate in this verification process by completing an Authorization and Release Form. Recommenders will be contacted by a Re Vera representative to confirm authorship of submitted letters.

Admitted students must submit final, official transcripts of all academic studies, and proof of award of all degrees earned prior to enrollment in GSAS.

Detailed information about each part of the credentials verification process appears below.

All applicants to GSAS are required to grant consent to participate in the credentials verification process. This consent is granted by completing the Authorization and Release Form. A link to this form and instructions for its submission appear on the “Re Vera Authorization and Release Form” page of the GSAS online application. Submission of the Authorization and Release Form is mandatory for all applicants.

All enrolling students must provide official final transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended, even if a degree was not awarded. Transcripts must include course names and grades for all work completed.

For a transcript to be considered official, it must be sent from the Registrar’s Office directly to the GSAS Office of Admissions via secure electronic delivery or as a completed WES evaluation (if applicable). Any documents to which a student has had access, including any transcripts uploaded as part of the application, are automatically considered unofficial.

Please click here to review detailed instructions for the submission of Final Official Transcripts.