Difference Between a Diploma and Transcript

What is a Diploma?

A diploma is a type of certificate issued by a school upon the completion of a degree. The document is often printed on diploma paper and contains basic details such as the:

  • Name of the School Whether it’s a High School, College or University
  • Student’s Name
  • Date of Graduation
  • Any Degrees and Majors Earned.

Other details may include:

  • The name of a College in the case of a University, such as the College of Arts for an undergraduate Associates Degree in Arts.
  • The county or district, in the case of a high school or ged diploma.

Remember to take good care of your diploma because in most cases schools only issue one copy at the time of graduation. If the original copy ever gets lost, getting a replacement later can be impossible or a real struggle for some. Obviously experiences are going to differ from school to school but it’s important to safeguard your original.

What is a Transcript?

A transcript is a document listing academic records which would showcase classes or coursework that was taken, credits earned or not earned, overall grades and scores for each class, etc. A transcript typically does not explain each course that was taken in great detail but more or less breaks down the coursework for purposes of documenting the details.