Documentation of High School Diploma or Equivalency
For proof of high school diploma or equivalency, the college will accept any of the following:
- An official high school transcript sent directly to the college from the high school.
- An official high school equivalency assessment transcript sent directly from the issuing agency.
- Self-certification of completion of a high school degree, if the certification is provided after the high school graduation date.
- Original high school diploma or original high school equivalency assessment certificate brought to the admissions office (photocopy retained).
- For records that are unobtainable or destroyed, applicants may submit a letter from the school superintendent (on official letterhead and with high school seal) indicating date of graduation and/or completion of high school or home school education.
- If a letter from a school superintendent is not available for missing or destroyed records, students may submit a signed statement explaining lack of availability to the Director of Strategic Enrollment Management for consideration.
- Those documents awarded from a country outside of the U.S. must be translated and evaluated to U.S. standards through an acceptable credential evaluating agency. A partial list of credential evaluating agencies can be found on the web at the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Applicants who are unable to obtain a copy of their high school diploma or transcript may document their high school completion status by obtaining a copy of a "secondary school leaving certificate" (or other similar document) through the appropriate central government agency (e.g., a Ministry of Education) of the country where the secondary education was completed.
- The acceptability of a high school diploma is determined by an evaluation of the institution’s accreditation and curriculum. A high school diploma may be accepted if recognized by the state in which it was issued as offering a curriculum consistent with state law. Certificates of completion and diplomas representing non-academic curriculum will not be accepted.