How to Get Into College With a GED

How to Get Into College With a GED
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    A general educational development or GED is a high-school equivalency diploma awarded to students that do not finish high school.

    Typically, students that drop out from high school and decide that they want to go to college will pursue a GED, a wise option that can put anyone on the road to success.


Although a GED is the equivalent to a high school diploma, many colleges and universities require students to submit GED examination test scores and score a certain grade or higher as a condition of acceptance.

If you desire admission to a college and have a GED, the following steps can help you get into college.

1. Identify your college. Likely, you already have a particular college in mind when considering a GED. Visit that college’s website, head to its admissions section and read the requirements for admittance. Learn what requirements of GED students are listed. If you are considering multiple colleges, you will need to perform this step with each one.

2. Secure official transcripts. To obtain a GED, you had do take a test and pass it. Your college will most likely want to review your transcripts. Contact your testing location, explain that you need your transcripts released and pay the related fee. You will pay multiple fees if you plan to make application at two or more colleges. Your college may require you to be at least 16 years old when applying.

3. Apply to your college. Follow your college’s application instructions and submit the required forms including your GED transcripts. Your college may require that you take the SAT or ACT, therefore forward your score information too. Take note of your college’s GED score minimums. For instance, the City College of New York requires GED students to score at least 3250 or higher when taking the GED. Learn what score minimums your college requires — if your score is too low, you may be able to take the GED again in a bid to score higher. If so, get tutored to help achieve a higher score — some two-year colleges offer this service through a GED preparation program.

GED Notes

Most colleges and universities accept the GED in lieu of a high school diploma. If you are seeking entrance into a school that does not accept the GED, learn what requirements must be met as a condition of acceptance. You may find that entrance into a technical or community college is an easier path. If so, apply to a two-year college, get accepted, complete your coursework and transfer to a four-year college after you obtain your associate degree.

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