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Dean's Certificate FAQ -- PLEASE READ BEFORE STARTING A NEW THREAD

There seems to be a lot of confusion about Dean's Certificates, so I'm going to create an FAQ thread.  I will start, and others will post other helpful information and hints, since I can't do it alone.  Anything not related to the topic at hand will be deleted to keep this as clear as possible.  Thanks.
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What is it?


A Dean's Certificate is a form that some schools require in order to verify you are or were in good standing at your academic institution(s).

Which schools require it?

This is a pretty accurate list.  Thanks for Jason240 for posting.

Boston University
Brooklyn
Campbell Law School
Cardozo (Required only if the applicant has had academic or disciplinary sanctions.)
Columbia (from every school you have or will get a degree from, including graduate schools)
Connecticut
Cornell
Duke (If accepted, certification will be required prior to matriculation.)
Georgetown (only for transfer/visiting students)
Harvard (from every school you have or will get a degree from, including graduate schools)
Howard
University of Memphis
New York University (Required after an applicant is accepted and chooses to attend NYU, or if the applicant has had academic or disciplinary sanctions.)
U Penn (Required after an applicant is accepted and chooses to attend U Penn.)
University of Richmond
University of South Carolina
Stanford
Suffolk University
Wake Forest (Required after an applicant is accepted and chooses to attend Wake Forest.)
University of Washington

Can I send it through LSAC on the web?

No.  You must print out each individual school's form, if they have any, and take it to the appropriate office at your school to have it sent.

What office is that?

It varies from school to school.  Try the Dean's office of the division or college from which you are graduating.

Is it necesary for my application to be considered "complete."

In most cases, yes, but always check with the school.

Is it okay to send it before I send my application?

Again, always check with the school.  Some for a fact say it is fine, but check to be sure.

Carry on!

Re: Dean's Certificate FAQ -- PLEASE READ BEFORE STARTING A NEW THREAD
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2005, 04:18:00 PM »
Which Dean? My school has several

Re: Dean's Certificate FAQ -- PLEASE READ BEFORE STARTING A NEW THREAD
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2005, 04:20:26 PM »
Most likely the dean of the college or division in which you are enrolled.  Usually the actual Dean doesn't do it, just his office takes care of it.

pandabones

Re: Dean's Certificate FAQ -- PLEASE READ BEFORE STARTING A NEW THREAD
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2005, 05:44:30 PM »
Harvard and Columbia want the Dean's Certification from every school you have or will get a degree from, including graduate schools.  Stanford, however, only requires it from your undergraduate school.

I messed this up, so that is why I am posting it.

Re: Dean's Certificate FAQ -- PLEASE READ BEFORE STARTING A NEW THREAD
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2005, 05:48:19 PM »
Thanks Panda--I'll add it.

Re: Dean's Certificate FAQ -- PLEASE READ BEFORE STARTING A NEW THREAD
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2005, 06:32:14 PM »
I believe Columbia suggests the Dean of Students.

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Re: Dean's Certificate FAQ -- PLEASE READ BEFORE STARTING A NEW THREAD
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2005, 06:36:00 PM »
Is it just me, or is the word "dean" starting to sound really funny? 

Dean.

Dean.

Dean.

 ;D

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Re: Dean's Certificate FAQ -- PLEASE READ BEFORE STARTING A NEW THREAD
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2005, 08:03:47 PM »
My Dean informed that I had to send Dean's Certs to Columbia from every UG school I'd ever been enrolled in a degree program at.  I called them to confirm, and they said that this was correct

Re: Dean's Certificate FAQ -- PLEASE READ BEFORE STARTING A NEW THREAD
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2005, 08:11:50 PM »
Is it just me, or is the word "dean" starting to sound really funny?

Dean.

Dean.

Dean.

 ;D

The Dean of Academic Affairs at my school first name is Dean. So he's Dean Dean Sheppers

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Re: Dean's Certificate FAQ -- PLEASE READ BEFORE STARTING A NEW THREAD
« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2005, 08:17:23 PM »
Is it just me, or is the word "dean" starting to sound really funny?

Dean.

Dean.

Dean.

 ;D

The Dean of Academic Affairs at my school first name is Dean. So he's Dean Dean Sheppers

hahahha!

That's like my friend's law prof, whose last name is Law.  Doesn't have quite the same ring to it, but it's amusing, nevertheless.