Proof of High School Completion Requirements

Proof of high school completion status is required with your application. Proof can be in the form of one of the following:

  • official high school transcript or copy of diploma
  • GED or TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) diploma or transcript
  • official transcript from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university showing conferral of an associate degree
  • official transcript(s) from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university showing completion of 24 college credits distributed as follows: 6 semester hours in English, 3 semester hours in math, 3 semester hours in natural sciences, 3 semester hours in social sciences, 3 semester hours in humanities, and 6 semester hours in any other courses.
    Note:
    The 24 college credits option will not be sufficient if you are applying for financial aid. Visit Financial Aid for more information.

Official transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution to: Admissions, Empire State College, 2 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Other forms of proof can be sent via:

  • Mail: Admissions, Empire State College, 2 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
  • Fax: 518-587-9759
  • Email: admissions@esc.edu

High School or College Credentials from Non-U.S. Institutions

If your high school education is from a country other than the United States, that credential must be evaluated by an approved evaluation service. Please see High School or College Credentials from Non-U.S. Institutions for more information.

High School Credentials from Home-schools, Correspondence Schools or Other Private Schools

Students who have completed their secondary education at a non-public school or home-school that:

  • is not registered with the State Education Department;
  • is not recognized, authorized or approved by the state educational entity in which the school is located to issue high school degrees; or
  • is not regionally accredited
  • is not located in the state which student resides

MUST:

  • submit a GED or TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) diploma or transcript, or
  • submit a letter from the superintendent of the school district in which they studied attesting that such program is substantially equivalent to a four-year high school program.

(Pursuant to the requirements of section 100.10 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.)