Office of the Registrar

The UWS office of the registrar supports course registration and maintains permanent student admission and academic records. The office processes grade reports, fulfills transcript requests, makes records available to students and others as allowed by federal, state law and institutional policy and manages veteran’s education benefits.

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Services and Information

Transcript Requests

The office of the registrar is now offering electronic transcripts. However, we will still mail official transcripts and duplicate diplomas upon request. Official transcripts are generally prepared and released within 3-5 business days of request. Additional time should be allowed for requests of student records when the last date of attendance was 10 or more years ago or if requests are made during peak periods and university closures. Transcripts are still made available for UWS programs that have been discontinued.

Students with holds on their account that block the release of their official documents must resolve the hold with the appropriate campus office before the registrar’s office will release the document.

A common error that requestors make is not checking to see if their final grades or graduation have posted before ordering their final record. If you would like your transcripts to be held until final grades or a graduation date is posted, be sure to indicate these special handling instructions on your request. Documents will be provided as requested and no refunds will be issued.

Order online transcripts here.

Register for Courses

Students in the Doctor of Chiropractic and Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program are registered automatically by the UWS registar’s office. Students in all other programs must self-register for their courses. Instructions for self-registration and additional information about registration is available on the UWS course registration page.

Degree and Enrollment Verification

UWS has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) to provide enrollment and degree verifications. Using the clearinghouse for verification services will be the most efficient way to satisfy your request. The clearinghouse can be contacted at:

  • Mail: National Student Clearinghouse, 2300 Dulles Station Blvd, Ste 220, Herndon, VA 20171

Notes on Enrollment Letters

  • Current students needing a physical letter of enrollment verification may contact the registrar’s office.
  • Future students (accepted but have not started classes yet) needing a physical letter of enrollment verification may contact their admission’s advisor.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

Evaluate Transfer Courses

Current College of Graduate Studies students may request an evaluation of transfer courses to count towards a UWS degree during the first three terms of enrollment. Current College of Chiropractic students may request a transfer course evaluation from another graduate program (not from a first-professional degree program) to count toward the chiropractic degree during the first three terms of enrollment. Please download the form, follow the instructions and provide the necessary documentation to the registrar’s office.

Change of Name

A student’s name of record includes first name, middle initial or full middle name and the family name. The college will change the name of a currently enrolled student or alumnus on its official records upon receipt of a request in writing accompanied by evidence of the legal basis for the change. A record of the previous name will be maintained, but all official documents will be released under the new name. Students who wish to change their legal name with the college may do so by submitting the name change form and the appropriate identification requirements as specified by the I-9 form.  Students receiving financial aid must supply their social security card plus another form of identification.

For a name change, please contact the registrar’s office at [email protected].

Diploma Replacement

Replacement or duplicate diplomas are available for a fee to graduates of the institution. All replacement diplomas carry the following statement: “Reissue of original diploma, signed by current officers of the University of Western States. Diploma originally issued under the authority of Western States Chiropractic College.” Please note that diploma orders may take up to three months to process.

Duplicate diploma requests must be made in writing. Federal guidelines require your signature to release academic information. Your request may be mailed, faxed or brought to the office of the registrar in person along with the payment.

Contact [email protected] to start the diploma replacement process.

Incomplete Grade Information

In certain instances, students who experience extenuating circumstances that prevent completion of course requirements by the end of a term may request an incomplete grade from their instructor(s). An incomplete is a temporary grade that provides additional time beyond the end of a term for a student to complete course requirements. Incomplete grades are initiated at the instructor’s discretion and approved by the program director and/or dean of the college. Students who think they qualify, should discuss their situation with their course instructors no later than the last week of the term.

For full information regarding the requirements to qualify for an incomplete grade, please view UWS Policy 1207 Grading System.

Instructors will initiate the incomplete contract and all parties will sign the contract through the SignNow process. For an incomplete contract to be approved, all parties must sign the contract. Three signatures are required before the contract is submitted to the registrar’s office:

1. Course instructor: Completes the form including assignments/exams needed to be completed.

2. Student: Reads/reviews form and agrees to conditions by signing the form.

3. Program Director/Dean: Reviews form and approves the contract.

Once approved, students and course instructors will work together to resolve all outstanding course requirements by the appropriate deadline (typically Friday, week 4 of the subsequent term).

*Contracts must be completed by all parties no later than Tuesday after finals week. Contracts not completed by the deadline are invalidated and a final course grade will be assigned.

Faculty Instructions/Resources

Faculty may now generate certain forms (grade change, incomplete contract, etc.) themselves instead of contacting the registrar’s office to begin the process. Please review the corresponding policy prior to initiating the form. Forms and instructions are housed under “Faculty Forms” within the Registrar section of Udocs.  

Finishing my Degree

Congratulations on almost being done! Please read below for important information regarding final check-out, transcripts, diplomas/certificates, library access, alumni services and account access. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].

We are so excited for you and wish you the best in your future endeavors!

Find important information for your last term here.


Add/Drop Period

The add/drop period begins on the first day of the term and goes through the Friday of the first week of the term, regardless of when you sign up for a class. Students can add/drop courses via myUWS.

Leave and Withdrawal

Occasionally students need to take time away from school to attend to personal matters, medical matters or to pursue additional educational enrichment opportunities. UWS provides options for taking the time needed. Learn more about approved leave and complete the leave inquiry form.

FERPA Disclosure

Annual FERPA Notification

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. The full UWS FERPA policy, Policy 1232 – Privacy and Confidentiality of Student Records (FERPA) can be found here.

Those rights are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days from when the university receives a request for access.
  2. Students should submit written requests to the office of the registrar that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. A university official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the university official to whom the request was submitted, the student shall be advised of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
  3. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights. Students may ask the university to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or they may identify the part of the record they want changed and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the university decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the university will notify the student of the decision and advise of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  4. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to university officials with legitimate educational interests. A university official is a person employed by the university in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the university has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Higher Education; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another university official in performing his or her tasks. A university official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
  5. The right to refuse to permit the designation of any or all of the following categories of personally identifiable information as directory information. Any student wishing to exercise this right must inform the registrar in writing.
    • Student name
    • UWS email
    • Program of study
    • Degrees received
    • Dates of attendance
    • Date of graduation
    • Enrollment status (full-time, part-time, or not enrolled)
  6. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by UWS to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

FERPA Administration Office: Family Policy Compliance Office U.S. Department of Education 600 Independence Avenue SW
 Washington, DC 20202-4605

Choosing to release information or block your directory information? Contact [email protected] to initiate your FERPA request.

Send all requests to:

Registrar’s Office
University of Western States
8000 NE Tillamook St.
Portland, OR 97213

Please send your fax request to the attention of the registrar at fax number 503-251-5731.

If you have questions, please call the registrar at 971-449-9221 or email at [email protected]