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How to Check Your Transcript and Degree Evaluation

Your Academic Transcript: What Is It?

Your academic transcript is Bethel’s record of the courses you’ve taken at Bethel, the courses you’ve transferred from other institutions, and your grades. You can view your unofficial transcript online through MyBethel. Your official transcript is available by request from the Registrar's Office.

How to Access Your Unofficial Transcript

  1. Go to the Student Records channel in MyBethel.
  2. Click "Transcript"
  3. Click “Submit”

How to Read Your Transcript

  1. The very top part of your transcript lists your student information and your major. Make sure this is the major you’re planning to pursue—this is important for advising and department communications.
  2. Below this basic information you’ll see a section called “TRANSFER CREDIT ACCEPTED BY INSTITUTION.” Check to make sure all of your previous college-level coursework appears in this section.
    • Transfer courses are grouped by term and institution.
    • In each course listing, you’ll see a slash. Everything to the left of the slash is how Bethel counts your transfer course; to the right of slash, you’ll see how the course was listed at the school where you completed it (or the name of the test you took)
    • Bethel counts and lists transfer courses in several ways:
      • Courses that count as specific Bethel courses are listed with a full course number: “GES 110”
      • Courses that count as electives within a certain department are listed with the department code and a single number: “HIS 1  ” The number indicates whether the class is a 100-, 200-, 300-, or 400-level course.
      • Courses that count as general credit but do not fit into a department and do not transfer as one of Bethel’s general education courses are listed with “GES” and a single number: “GES 2  ”
      • Courses that fulfill one of Bethel’s general education category requirements are listed with an additional letter after the course number. This could be attached either to a particular Bethel course or a department or general elective: “COM110N,” “ENW 1--A,” “GES 2--G”
    • If a course you completed appears to be missing, see What If A Course Is Missing? below.
    • To find the total number of transfer credits you’ve brought to Bethel, go to the bottom of your transcript. Under “TRANSCRIPT TOTALS,” see the “Total Transfer” row and the “Earned Hours” column.
      • The number of credits you complete before starting at Bethel determines your Transfer Level,which could give you certain course exemptions. For details, compare your total transfer credit to the Transfer Entry Level Chart for the year you entered Bethel. If you transfer credits completed after you became a Bethel student (such as summer term courses), those credits will not change your transfer level, but they will be included in your total transfer earned hours and will count toward graduation.
  3. The next section, titled “INSTITUTION CREDIT,” shows all the courses you’ve completed at Bethel so far, as well as any courses for which you are currently registered.
  4. The final section, “TRANSCRIPT TOTALS,” lists your total institutional, transfer, and combined credit totals, as well as your overall GPA.

What If a Course is Missing?

If a course you completed appears to be missing, it is probably due to one of the following reasons (see Bethel’s Transfer Policies for details):

  • You did not request official transcripts with your final grades from the course, or the transcripts have not yet reached Bethel.
  • You did not receive the required “C” or higher in the course.
  • The course is a vocational/technical course and does not count for credit at Bethel.
  • You have entered Bethel with a Bachelor’s degree, so only courses that fulfill declared majors, minors, and general education courses have been applied to your Bethel transcript. In addition, a batch number of general electives have been included.

If you think your transcript is incorrect, you can do the following:

  1. Check on Transcripts from Other Schools.
    • Make sure you have requested all transcripts from the colleges/universities where you took coursework.
    • Make sure you have requested score reports from CollegeBoard for AP and CLEP exams you have taken.
    • Transcripts must include final grades in order for a course to transfer to Bethel. Sometimes transcripts are sent before final grades are assigned so the grade may be listed as “in progress.” If this is the case, please request an updated official transcript to be sent to Bethel University—Office of the Registrar.
  2. Contact the Registrar's Office. If you have requested the transcript(s) after final grades were listed and the courses still don’t appear, email Include the following information in the e-mail:
    • your name
    • your student ID number
    • the name of any missing courses with the name of the college/university where you took them
    • the approximate date when you requested the transcript to be sent to Bethel
    • how you requested the transcript be sent to Bethel (e.g., electronically/via email or by paper mail)

If a course shows up but didn’t transfer to Bethel the way you think it should have, you can fill out a petition to have the course reviewed.

Your Degree Evaluation: What Is It?

Your degree evaluation is where the Registrar’s Office records which requirements you have completed for your degree and which you still need to fulfill. You should also check your degree evaluation regularly to make sure you’re on track to graduate.

How to Access Your Degree Evaluation

  1. Go to the Student Records channel in MyBethel.
  2. Click "Degree Evaluation"
  3. Select the current term and click “Submit”
  4. Every time you view your degree evaluation, you should make sure you’re seeing the most up-to-date information possible. Click “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom center of the page. Then:
    1. Select your major. If you have two majors, you’ll need to generate a new evaluation for each major. If you have three majors, you may only evaluate two majors at a time in your official degree evaluation; you can use the “What-If Analysis” option to evaluate your third major.
    2. Click “Generate Request.” You do not need to select a term on this page.
  5. After a few seconds, you should see a page with three different options for displaying your degree evaluation: “General Requirements,” “Detail Requirements,” and “Additional Information.” Use the instructions below to navigate through these different options and interpret your degree evaluation.

"Detail Requirements" Display

The first page we’ll look at—and the one you’ll use most often—is the “Detail Requirements” display option. The “Detail Requirements” page breaks down exactly which requirements for your major, minor, and general education you have already completed and which courses you still need in order to graduate.

  1. From the menu you reached in step 5 above, select “Detail Requirements” and click “Submit.” It may take several seconds to process. If you print, choose the “Landscape” page orientation.

General Notes on Reading the “Detail Requirements” Display

  • As you scroll through the page, you’ll see several section headings telling you whether you’ve “Met” or “Not Met” an Area of requirements. Underneath the headings will be details about all of the individual requirements within that area and whether you’ve completed them.
  • As you scroll through the various areas and groups listed, you will see “Yes” and “No” listed along the left side of the page under the “Met” column. If you’ve fulfilled a requirement, the evaluation will list “Yes.” If you still need to complete a requirement before you graduate, the evaluation will list “No.”
  • In the far right “Source” column, corresponding to each course you will also see “T” (Transfer), “H” (Historical - grade from Bethel) or “R” (Registered). Requirements that say “Met” on the left and “R” on the right will not really be met until you complete the course with a passing grade.

Sections in the “Detail Requirements” Display

  1. Program Evaluation: The first section in your evaluation is a summary of your major, minors, concentrations, etc. The chart gives you an overview (under Credits/Used) of how many credits you’ve completed, how many credits you transferred to Bethel, and your overall GPA.
  2. Area - Upper Level Credits: Each student must complete at least 37 credits of 300- and 400-level classes in order to graduate. Usually, this is easily met through your major and general education requirements.
  3. Area - General Education: Under this heading is an overview of four or five different general education groups you need to satisfy. Each group is broken down into its individual course requirements as you continue scrolling: Transfer Level,* Bible Residency, General Education Requirement, Artistic Experience, and Cross-Cultural Experience.
    • *Some students will have a Transfer Level group summarizing their general education requirements based on credits earned before coming to Bethel. See the Transfer Entry Level catalog page for details.
      • If your level does not match what you think it should, email List your name, ID, number of transfer credits, and the level you think should be recorded.
    • Within the Bible Residency group, note that some transfer levels are exempt from one or more Bible classes. For example, you may be required to choose just 1 or 2 of the 3 regularly-required Bible courses. All students must take at least one Bible class at Bethel, no matter how many Bible classes they’ve transferred into Bethel. See the Understanding Your Requirements page (“Know Your Remaining General Education Requirements” section) for details.
    • Within the General Education Requirement group, note the following:
      • Second Language (S) Requirement: You must complete the second semester or higher of a language (102S or higher). If you have no experience in a second language, you will need to take two classes, or 8 credits (101 & 102S). See the Placement testing information.
      • CWILT or Humanities Option: While both requirements are listed on your review, you only need pay attention to the courses in your chosen track. The evaluation will list “no” next to each row until ALL the appropriate courses in that category have been met.
    • The Artistic Experience group, also called an “A tag,” can be met through a number of classes, such as creative writing, studio art, or music lessons or ensemble. Some of these options can be taken for 0 credit, while others may be a 1 or 3-credit class.
    • The Cross Cultural Experience group is also called a “Z tag” and is a requirement that can be met in several ways, including studying abroad or taking a class on-campus that allows you to interact with another culture. It’s good to think now about how you might meet this requirement.
  4. Area - Major Requirements: Below the General Education Area, your major requirements will be listed (look for “Area” and “Group” with the name of your major and/or major-emphasis). As you look through this list, pay attention to the far left “Met” column. “Yes” means you have fulfilled a requirement, and “No” means you have not.
    • If you are a double major, you will need to run an evaluation for each major separately
    • If you have a minor, the minor will be displayed on the first major’s degree evaluations
    • If the courses you thought should transfer in to fulfill a major requirement are not pulling into your degree evaluation as “met,” fill out a petition form to request another review.
    • Make sure you see Areas for all your majors and minors. If you have not declared one of your majors or minors, you may fill out the Declaration of Major, Minor, or Advisor form.
  5. Area - General Electives: You may also have some courses listed as electives. These courses do not fulfill general education or requirements for the major you selected, but they will be added toward the total 122 credits you need to graduate. If you took more than one course that fulfills a general education category, the first course will appear under the General Education section, and additional courses will appear as electives.

"General Requirements" Display

The “General Requirements” display is a basic overview of which courses you have taken toward your general education and major requirements.

If you need to check your major GPA, this is where you’ll find it.
  • Look for the section title “Area: [Name of Your Major].” At the bottom of this course list, you’ll see the total number of credits you’ve completed for your major as well as your grade point average (GPA) for those courses.
    • You will not have a major GPA until after you have completed a course within your major at Bethel. Transfer work does not affect your GPA at Bethel.
    • You may also see a “Program GPA” in your evaluation. Disregard this number; it is NOT your major GPA.

What-If Analysis

In the menu across the bottom of your degree evaluation, you’ll see a “What-If Analysis” option. You can use a What-If Analysis to see how many credits you’ve completed toward a major you are thinking about or have not yet declared, or for your third major. Simply click the What-If Analysis menu option and follow the prompts to generate the evaluation. Read the What-If Analysis as you would read a regular evaluation.