Students without a High School Diploma

Applicants who are interested in pursuing a certificate or degree but have not completed their high school requirements may matriculate in the Liberal Arts and Sciences Program with a high school equivalency concentration.

Upon satisfactory evidence that a non-high school diploma Liberal Arts student has successfully completed 24 credits as a matriculated student in the designated areas listed below, the student may apply to the New York State Education Department for issuance of a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma Based on Earned College Credit. The application and College Credit Certification Form for this diploma can be found at http://www.acces.nysed.gov/ged/college_credit.html. An official transcript of courses completed must be forwarded with these forms from NCCC to the State Education Department.

The 24 credits must be distributed as follows:

 
Credits State Education Requirements NCCC Courses
6 Writing/English Language Arts ENG, LIT, SPE
3 Mathematics MAT
3 Natural Science BIO, CHE, PHY  or PHS
3 Social Science ANT, CRJ, ECO, HIS, HUS, GEO, PSC, PSY OR SOC
3 Humanities ART 101, FRE, GER, ITA, ENG, LIT, MUS 101, PHI, SLA, SPA, OR THA
6 Any course required by your degree program*  

*Academic Foundations courses, designated by the first digit 0 in the course number, do not apply toward this 24 credit requirement. Also, courses with AAC or GES prefix do not count toward this 24 credit requirement.

Because of the demands of college, this method of obtaining an equivalency diploma is most appropriate for persons at least 18 years of age who have experienced a break in their formal education.

However, in some cases the needs of younger students who possess the maturity and seriousness of purpose to succeed in college can be met. All applicants under 18  years of age must be recommended to the program by their high school counselor and must have successfully completed grade 10. Any applicant under 18 years of age must be approved by the Director of Admissions. All applicants must meet minimum placement assessment scores.

*Note: Subject to standard tuition and fees and is not eligible to receive Financial Aid. Financial aid may become available once the student is awarded and the college receives the high school equivalency. See Tuition and Fees Section of the College Catalog.

Admission of Home-Schooled Students

Under New York State law an institution of higher education may admit as matriculated students only persons who have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent. Because of this requirement, the State University of New York has established a specific admissions policy for home-schooled students. The purpose of the policy is to ensure that home-schooled students are treated fairly yet in accordance with the requirements of the state and federal law. The policy set forth below deals exclusively with the criteria for eligibility to be considered as an applicant for admission to either a state-operated campus or a community college under the program of the State University of New York. Once eligibility for consideration is established, the applicant also must meet any campus-specific admissions requirements (i.e., high school grade-point average, SAT I, ACT, SAT II scores, essay, letters of reference, extracurricular activities).

Applicants Beyond the Age of Compulsory Attendance
Maximum compulsory school attendance age is reached when the student has completed the school year in which he or she turned 16 or such older maximum age as the board of education of the school district may designate for required school attendance pursuant to section 3205(3) of Education Law.

Home-schooled students will be eligible for further consideration as applicants for admission to matriculated status if they can provide either 1) a letter from the superintendent of the school district in which the student resides, attesting to the student’s completion of a program of home instruction meeting the requirements of Section 100.10 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education and section 3.47(a) of Rules of the Board of Regents attesting to the student's completion of a program of home instruction that is the substantial equivalent of a four-year high school course of instruction sample letter or 2) passing score on the general comprehensive examination for the state high school equivalency diploma (and the diploma itself when available). When the student has reached the maximum compulsory school attendance age, he or she is eligible to take the state high school equivalency diploma test. A student may not take the equivalency test until July 1 of the year in which he or she turned 16.

*A diploma issued by a correspondence school that is not accredited or registered in New York State is not acceptable as the recognized equivalent of a high school diploma.

Applicants Under the Age of Compulsory Attendance

These home-schooled students will be eligible for consideration as applicants for admission to matriculated status only if the student can provide a letter from the school district in which the student resides attesting to the student’s completion of a program of home instruction that is the substantial equivalent of a four-year high school course of instruction and meets the requirements of Section 100.10 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education and section 3.47(a) of the Rules of the Board of Regents.

Students in the above mentioned category will be required to take the College’s Placement Tests in math, reading and writing.

Admission of Persons with Felony Convictions or Disciplinary (Non-Academic) Dismissals

The college-wide admissions application form now includes mandatory questions regarding felony convictions and dismissal from college for disciplinary reasons. An affirmative response to either question will not automatically prevent admission, but you will be asked to provide additional information. This information will be reviewed by campus personnel to ensure campus safety. Any falsification or omission of data may result in a denial of admission, or disciplinary action.

Felony Conviction
A felony in New York State law is a crime for which more than one year in prison may be imposed. The felony question applies if you have been convicted as an adult.

Applicants with previous felony convictions will complete a questionnaire that includes, but is not limited to, personal information, intended program of study, criminal and rehabilitative history. In addition, the following are required: transcripts and records from all previously attended college(s), and a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s Probation or Parole Officer or character reference provided by an employer, clergy, professional counselor, etc. if parole/probation is not applicable. Note: all character reference letters must be submitted on letterhead. An interview is also required.

Applications must be received and completed 60 days prior to the start of the semester.

Disciplinary Dismissal
Applicants who have been dismissed from an institution of higher learning for disciplinary (non-academic) reasons must provide transcripts and records from all previously attended college(s), and a letter of recommendation from the Dean of Students or an administrative official from the institution. Contact the Admissions Office for more information.

View the Admission Policy for persons with felony convictions or disciplinary dismissals.
View the Request for On Campus Study Form.
View the Appeal Request for Admission form.


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