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Do you have to have a high school diploma or your GED if you want to go to college?

Topic: Admissions | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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You must have graduated from high school to apply for college. You can get into a program if you have no completed high school to get a GED. There are online programs as well that are more convenient.

Answered by: Choco Mint Y. | about 4 years ago
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Some community colleges have a program called "ability to benefit" which allows applicants without a degree to take a placement test. If you pass, you can take a few courses there and then transfer those credits to another college, without anybody at your new school asking about your high school accreditation. But due to the growing popularity of home schooling, it's not always necessary to jump through this hoop. Most colleges will accept home-schooled students who have neither a diploma or a GED, sometimes asking them to take a placement test or submit a high school portfolio, to prove their eligibility for admittance. It depends upon the institution, really. So it can be done... but it might be less trouble to go ahead and get that GED. As someone who did, I can tell you that getting a GED is inexpensive, the tests (it's divided into several sections) can either be done one after the other in the course of a single afternoon or split up and taken on separate days, and the grading curve is extremely forgiving. It doesn't stigmatize you either. Once you do get admitted, nobody cares how you got in. All they care about is whether you can do the work.

Answered by: Dualienoted Z. | about 4 years ago
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No, you can take the "ATB" test in order to get the financial aid or you can pay for the units and get the bogg wavier for the other fees. There are lots of programs within colleges that will help you with books or just right out loan you books. Dont let that stop or deter you I did for a long time. I took the ATB test and passed it. I studied though! look ATB test up online and take the little quizes until you are comfortable with it then go to the college and take the test. I am currently on my 2nd semester I get financial aid, Im holging a 4.0 gpa since Ive started and I go to adult school at night. It can be done. GOOOD LUCK!!!

Answered by: Tamyia C. | over 2 years ago
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yes, I been wanting to attend college every since I gotten this wedpage

Answered by: Charlene K. | almost 2 years ago
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Yes. To gain entrance into any reputable college or university, or even trade school, you will need to have your high school diploma or GED. If you do not have either of these, you need to ask yourself if you are academically prepared to be successful in college.

Answered by: Collegechick B. | about 4 years ago
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Most colleges require a high school diploma or a GED as a requirement for acceptance. There are some trade schools that accept students without a high school diploma or GED. We have some beauty schools in our area that require you to have finished ninth grade as a pre-requirement for acceptance. Some schools also allow you to be enrolled in a night school high school degree program and still begin college. The other option is to go to work in a trade that provide apprentice programs as an alternative to college.

Answered by: Turker Y. | about 4 years ago
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Yes! Graduation from high school or a GED is required in order to apply for college. You can finish your high school diploma either online or something of that sort or take classes at your community college. After you get it, you'll be able to apply for colleges. A high school diploma is actually required by some states that you have to get that much education.

Answered by: Sea Whale H. | about 4 years ago
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Yes, to go to college you need some sort of high school diploma or something equal to that. If you did not finish high school and would like to go to college you need to get your GED.

Answered by: Mannnn P. | about 4 years ago
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Yes, you will need one or the other to apply to college. I would recommend finishing high school if you can. If this is not an option, check the community college in your area. They normally have GED programs right on campus that you can complete. Then, you can move on to college level courses.

Answered by: Jen B. | about 4 years ago
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Not necessarily. In most cases you do need one of the two for an upper level College. If you have neither, when you send in you admission application, be prepared to prove your academic abilities through other forms of testing. Remember that not all colleges are this lenient. Also, it's better to have a High School Diploma over a GED. This way, they can find what academic groups you excel or lack in. GEDs will not show this.

Answered by: Boskie B. | about 4 years ago
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Many community colleges do not require a diploma or a GED to attend. You must be over 18 years of age, however. Check with area community colleges to find out what the specific requirements are for each institution!

Answered by: Jimm34 Z. | about 4 years ago
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Yes. Having your high school diploma or GED is essential for getting into college. I don't know of any college that will accept someone who doesn't have one or the other. It's just like school in general. You can't go on to the next grade until you have completed the one you are already in.

Answered by: Boylen33 D. | about 4 years ago
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Many schools will ask that you have a high school diploma or GED before you enroll. There are some exceptions, though. It's best to check with the admissions office of the school you're interested in to be sure.

Answered by: Laura46 I. | about 4 years ago
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No. While a high school diploma alone won___t get you into the college of your dreams, it is an important requirement for many state and four year accredited colleges. If you don___t have a diploma to present with your admission application, be prepared to show proof of your learning capabilities through some other form of testing or training. In order to receive a GED, students much pass a test that covers the following subjects: Language Arts, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Most employers and colleges will accept a GED as the equivalent to a high school diploma but there are some disadvantages. A GED does not provide proof of your skills in a specific course. For example, you can still pass the GED and not have a solid background in high school Biology.

Answered by: Mi55i3 C. | about 4 years ago
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Yes, to go to college you need some sort of high school diploma or something equal to that. If you did not finish high school and would like to go to college you need to get your GED.

Answered by: Mannnn P. | about 4 years ago
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A high school diploma or a high score on a GED are required at most colleges. A home schooling educational completion may be accepted at some schools, especially if you have a portfolio of work or strong recommendations. Remedial courses may be required before you can start in a degree program.

Answered by: Tbw R. | about 4 years ago
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Yes, you will need one or the other to apply to college. I would recommend finishing high school if you can. If this is not an option, check the community college in your area. They normally have GED programs right on campus that you can complete. Then, you can move on to college level courses.

Answered by: Jen B. | about 4 years ago
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Not necessarily. In most cases you do need one of the two for an upper level College. If you have neither, when you send in you admission application, be prepared to prove your academic abilities through other forms of testing. Remember that not all colleges are this lenient. Also, it's better to have a High School Diploma over a GED. This way, they can find what academic groups you excel or lack in. GEDs will not show this.

Answered by: Boskie B. | about 4 years ago
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Many community colleges do not require a diploma or a GED to attend. You must be over 18 years of age, however. Check with area community colleges to find out what the specific requirements are for each institution!

Answered by: Jimm34 Z. | about 4 years ago
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A high school diploma or GED is essential for those wishing to study at university. High school is also known as secondary school, and university studies are referred to as post-secondary, meaning they logically follow high school study. Consider completing a GED program at your local community college in order to progress in your academic career.

Answered by: Adamkendallz V. | about 4 years ago
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Yes. Having your high school diploma or GED is essential for getting into college. I don't know of any college that will accept someone who doesn't have one or the other. It's just like school in general. You can't go on to the next grade until you have completed the one you are already in.

Answered by: Boylen33 D. | about 4 years ago
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Many schools will ask that you have a high school diploma or GED before you enroll. There are some exceptions, though. It's best to check with the admissions office of the school you're interested in to be sure.

Answered by: Laura46 I. | about 4 years ago
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No. While a high school diploma alone won___t get you into the college of your dreams, it is an important requirement for many state and four year accredited colleges. If you don___t have a diploma to present with your admission application, be prepared to show proof of your learning capabilities through some other form of testing or training. In order to receive a GED, students much pass a test that covers the following subjects: Language Arts, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Most employers and colleges will accept a GED as the equivalent to a high school diploma but there are some disadvantages. A GED does not provide proof of your skills in a specific course. For example, you can still pass the GED and not have a solid background in high school Biology.

Answered by: Mi55i3 C. | about 4 years ago
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It depends on the school and the degree that you are trying to get. With some communite colleges you will be able to get in to but do not expect to get into a ivy league school. I highly advise that you get a high school diploma or a GED.

Answered by: Dwood955 Yahoo.Com E. | about 4 years ago
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While some colleges will allow you to take some college courses without graduating high school, to my knowledge none will allow you to obtain a degree without either a high school diploma or GED. If you are having difficulties with your high school courses, tutors are available to help if you ask. For some people a GED is easier than completing high school and it will allow you to seek a college degree.

Answered by: Indy Disney Fan F. | about 4 years ago
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that would be an affirmative, and must so contact your school district they have test going on quite frequently and most of the time the have some classes to get you prepared for the ged test, they are very cheap sometimes even free so what are you waiting for.

Answered by: Josh1984 U. | about 4 years ago
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If you want to go to a large university you usually have a better chance at getting in if you have your high school diploma although if you held steady grades all through school and got a good ACT/SAT score you still have a chance. If you want to go to a community college or smaller college (2 year, technical, small 4 year) then having your GED should be fine. I do recommend getting your diploma though, it looks a little better, especially when applying for jobs.

Answered by: Sara C. | over 2 years ago
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You must have one or the other if you want to go to a 4 year university.

Answered by: Koolkounselor V. | about 4 years ago
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Yes, absolutely, you must have one or the other. Depending on what kind of college it is, a GED may not be acceptable. If the school has competitive admissions, a GED simply won't be enough. However, there are many opportunities for those with GEDs to continue their education. There are schools, such as DeVry and Phoenix geared especially toward those who were not working towards gaining acceptance to college while they were still in high school, and those who have their GED.

Answered by: Chemistry X. | about 4 years ago
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Yes. You must have either one or the other to be able to take college level classes. If you haven't already graduated high school, that will look better on you if you do. If you haven't or can't and need to get your GED, most community colleges offer that option. Most of the time you can take your GED at a community college and then once you have finished, you can take your placement tests and jump right into college classes the next semester. Your GED shouldn't be hard to finish and it usually doesn't take very long either.

Answered by: Jen B. | about 4 years ago
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It depends on the college. Most colleges require a high school diploma or GED. Other colleges do not. However, the quality of education at these colleges is often low. It really helps to have GED. Some colleges even offer money grants for completing high school and having a good GPA.

Answered by: Average Joe V. | about 4 years ago
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Usually yes. Check with the schools that you are looking at though. Some colleges may not require it. If it is an online program, they might want you to finish a GED first. This can be easier because sometimes you can finish it through them. It all depends on the school.

Answered by: Allgrw P. | about 4 years ago
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It really depends on what kind of college you'd like to attend. If you are applying to a four year school, yes they will request that you have a high school diploma or at least a GED. If you do not have either of these, consider attending a vocation school or a "junior college".

Answered by: Coleb Q. | about 4 years ago
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Many colleges require one, so the answer is yes. However, there are special programs for those who do not have a high school diploma or GED, although it varies from college to college. Check on the college website what the admission requirements are. Also, sometimes high performing students are offered admission to college early, in which case they will not obtain their high school diploma and instead go straight to higher education. Otherwise, a diploma is required.

Answered by: Njanetos U. | about 4 years ago
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For the most part yes. While there maybe some trade schools or community colleges that may allow you in if you take a test, most universities will require you to have some sort of high school or equivalent degree. If you are really unsure if the college you are applying to needs one or not, call their admissions office. They may also be able to help guide you on how to get a GED if you do not have one. Keep in mind though, even if they do not require one, those who have will will have a much better chance of getting in then you will. Also you may wish to contact the local high schools and see if they know an local colleges that do not need a degree to get into.

Answered by: College Student123 T. | about 4 years ago
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You will need to have either one or the other to take college level classes. Most community colleges offer GED programs right on campus and then allow you to transfer right on over to college level courses. A high school diploma is best but if you haven't received one, you could go for your GED easily.

Answered by: Jen B. | about 4 years ago
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To attend most colleges, yes, you would need to have a high school diploma or GED. Some colleges also require a certain grade point average to enter. However, some colleges may have some exceptions concerning requirements to enter college. You may be required to take some placement test and or specific classes.

Answered by: Mcw2004 Y. | about 4 years ago
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Most colleges have different policies when it comes to this. Genereally speaking a high school diploma is enough to apply for college, and many others will accept a GED. For some colleges, taking community college courses will help. Check on a specific college's website for contact information and qualifications regarding enrollment including GPA, and SAT or ACT scores.

Answered by: Cheek F. | about 4 years ago
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A high school diploma or GED is required for admittance to college. If you don't have your diploma, you can always take the GED. Even if you don't go to college, a high school diploma or GED is typically required by employers.

Answered by: Iamerica N. | about 4 years ago
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Yes, though GEDs are usually obtained from a community college, so in a way it's a little like going to college. If you don't yet have your high school diploma or a GED, speak with an adviser at your local community college. They'll be able to tell you what classes you'll need to get that GED.

Answered by: Wennifred K. | about 4 years ago
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Yes, this is a major requirement. I don't know of any college that would consider you if you do not have a high school diploma or GED. You can get your GED at a community college and then continue taking courses at that community college, however.

Answered by: Vasoline O. | about 4 years ago
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Yes. Your college career is a natural extension of your high school education. Most, if not all, accredited colleges or universities will demand a high school diploma or a GED as a prerequisite for admission. There are some community colleges that will allow you to take classes without a diploma or GED. However, these classes will likely not be for credit. You will need to complete a GED at the bare minimum.

Answered by: Buckeyeswin2003 Z. | about 4 years ago
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Short answer: yes. Colleges need to know you have the aptitude to complete high school or a GED, since college academics are generally much more difficult than hgih school. Beware of "vocational" schools that claim you don't need one. They're just out to fleece you of as much money as possible.

Answered by: Null Terminator N. | about 4 years ago
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A high school diploma or a high score on a GED are required at most colleges. A home schooling educational completion may be accepted at some schools, especially if you have a portfolio of work or strong recommendations. Remedial courses may be required before you can start in a degree program.

Answered by: Tbw R. | about 4 years ago
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A high school diploma or GED is essential for those wishing to study at university. High school is also known as secondary school, and university studies are referred to as post-secondary, meaning they logically follow high school study. Consider completing a GED program at your local community college in order to progress in your academic career.

Answered by: Adamkendallz V. | about 4 years ago
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