I am going to apply for a PhD program. What does mean when one requirement is "Outstanding academic record".
That means you have to have demonstrated that you're a really good student. Your "academic record" is what your undergraduate career says about you (transcripts, letters of reference, publications, awards). It must be "outstanding" - top of the heap.
Only very select schools (or those that think very well of themselves) can ask this explicitly of their applicants, though many require it.
- Have you (co-)published a peer-reviewed article?
- Have you presented at a scholarly conference?
- Have you served as a research assistant?
- Have you served as a teaching assistant?
- Have you won any prizes, grants and awards for your studies?
- Have you had exceptionally good grades?
- Have you shown community engagement for your fellow students?
- Have you attended voluntary, extracurricular, academic activities (e.g., summer schools in Europe)?
If the response to any of the question is yes, then list it.