Official vs Unofficial Transcript
Both documents are accurate representations of your academic record, however the information has different levels of security.
Official Transcripts must be printed in the office, signed by a school official, and stamped. It is then mailed/delivered on your behalf to a 3rd party.
Unofficial Transcripts look the same as an official transcript but are stamped unofficial. It may be requested if there is an approaching deadline and an official transcript cannot be issued in time. It is also helpful to show the types of courses you have taken or display that you have met a minimum GPA requirement.