A college transcript is one of the most vital components of any application, whether to graduate school or a company. At Cornell, student transcripts list course names, grades received and, most notably, the median grade achieved in each class. Cornell officially began including median grades on the registrar’s website in 1998 and added them to student transcripts in 2008. However, in 2011, median grades were removed from the registrar’s website, where they were viewable to the entire Cornell student body. Ever since then, all students graduating from the University have the median grades for each of their classes listed only on their transcripts.
Rebecca Valli, director of media relations at Cornell, said median grades are not included on the registrar’s website because the University does not want students to become discouraged from taking certain classes based on average grades achieved.