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How to find out if someone has a bachelor's degree

Updated July 20, 2017

Degrees are one of the easiest things to falsify, but they are also an easy thing to check, according to Forbes.com. Whether the Bachelor's degree sweetens the deal for a job candidacy, or is a requirement for a certain position, verifying the legitimacy of a college degree is important. Employers should never take resumes at face value. Take the time to verify the Bachelor's degree with the institution.

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  1. Request an official transcript from the candidate, sent directly from the his school. Official transcripts are sealed, signed and stamped by the registrar's office. The individual cannot tamper with it because the documents do not go through them.

  2. Call the registrar office directly. Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), colleges are not allowed to release GPA information and academic records over the phone, but they can confirm graduate dates and major/degree type.

  3. Request the person show you the original degree or diploma. As an employer, asking to prove a bachelor's degree can eliminate or deter some applicants. However, degrees can be falsified, or acquired from non-accredited colleges.

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Helen Jody Lin has been writing since 2009. She has written screenplays, produced short films and worked in entertainment marketing. Her work has been published in campaigns for Fanscape, a digital media marketing agency. Lin has a thorough knowledge of broad topics such as fitness and extreme sports. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in radio-television-film.

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