The Mastery Transcript
Hawken’s Head of School, Scott Looney, founded the Mastery Transcript Consortium in 2016. With a membership of more than 400 public and private schools, the MTC has developed a digital transcript — a whole new record that truly reflects the unique skills, strengths, and interests of each learner, and that effectively translates your learning to colleges.
Not only will your Mastery Transcript reflect your growth, but it will also showcase your mastery of skills, knowledge, and passions that the traditional transcript simply can’t capture.
“Personally, I think The Mastery Transcript would be a great thing. It would allow us to understand students’ stories in a deeper way.”Karen Richardson, Dean of Admissions Princeton University
“There is an authentic voice or lack thereof that we are not getting in our applications … I am excited to see the many ways the Mastery Transcript can give us a deeper sense of a students’ abilities, their potential, and the progression that students and their educators have seen over their four years.”Mark Hatch, Vice President for Enrollment Colorado College
“In the long run, if we are successful in transforming how we deliver education to students and ultimately how we assess that…when we look back in 20 to 30 years from now…I believe MTC will have been a catalyst to that movement.”Kedra Ishop, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management University of Michigan
“I don’t think it [implementing the Mastery Transcript] would be that big of a climb, because when you look at admissions from a holistic perspective, you’re much more interested not in the GPA or the grade, but how [the student] got there. The Mastery Transcript would help us answer that question of how they got there.”Zina Evans, Vice President for Enrollment University of Florida
“I care deeply about the collaborative spirit that we can’t get from grades and GPA. We need a better understanding of how kids work with peers better for example — that is really beneficial for the selection process.”Jarrid Whitney, Vice President for Student Affairs, Enrollment and Career Services California Institute of Technology
“I think more and more high schools are going to start to turn to those kinds of things. And my sense is that more colleges will start to use the Mastery Transcript as an alternative to grades.”Richard Weissbourd, Director, Making Caring Common Initiative Harvard University
Colleges Are Changing Too
Colleges and universities around the world are reconsidering their admissions
practices. More and more are moving away from standardized tests and seeking ways
to get to know students beyond what the typical transcript can show them.
After all, admission officers at selective institutions want to see more than just
numbers when reviewing applications; they want to see a story. That’s the magic of a
mastery-based education and the Mastery Transcript.
When you apply to college, you will share a clear picture of who you are and what
you can do. With an easy-to-navigate design, the Mastery Transcript illustrates your
knowledge and abilities in much more detail than traditional records can.
The Mastery Transcript Consortium is designing this new transcript in partnership with colleges and universities to ensure their success with admissions officers. Students from Mastery Transcript Consortium member schools all over the country are successfully applying with their Mastery Transcripts, and they’re earning admission to colleges and universities everywhere.
When the time comes to apply to colleges, you’ll have a dedicated college counselor here by your side along with a dynamic and illustrative Mastery Transcript to make you and your story stand out.
But how will students transition back to a more “traditional” model in college?
We get this question a lot! Colleges and universities
expect students to take the lead on their academic
and cocurricular experiences. However, traditional
high school models rely heavily on guidance
counselors and parents to make decisions for
students. Mastery School students will be ahead of
the curve because our academic program teaches
students how to “learn to learn,” go deeper, seek out
partnerships in learning, and chart their own path.
Mastery School students are supported by Hawken’s
experienced College Counseling Office. This includes:
• Support in navigating the college process
beginning in the 10th grade
• SAT/ACT prep courses embedded into the
• College Forum, a college preparation course
centered around the transition to college
Last year, 160 colleges and universities offered admission to students using only the Mastery Transcript, including:
• Carnegie Mellon University
• Colorado College
• Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
• Georgetown University
• Harvard University
• Massachusetts Institute of
• New York University
• Texas A&M University-College
• The College of Wooster
• University of Cincinnati
For a full list, click here.