College Admissions and Candidates Holding the GED® Credential

Today, more than ever before, GED® credential holders seek and enroll in postsecondary education programs. This is borne out by the results of research studies conducted by GED Testing Service in 2013:

  • Approximately two-thirds of GED® test passers report they take the GED® test to further their education, and 43% of these individuals do enroll in post-secondary education
  • When GED® passers enroll in postsecondary education in the jurisdiction from which they received their GED® credential, their enrollment rate nearly doubles, increasing to 83%
  • Two-thirds of GED® passers who enroll in post-secondary education do so within 3 years of obtaining their GED® credential
  • Almost half (48%) of adults working towards obtaining their GED® credential report going to college as their main motivation,specifically to obtain a 2-year or 4-year degree (90%) or an advance degree (10%)

About one in twenty students entering postsecondary education institutions holds a high school credential earned by taking and passing the GED® test. How can postsecondary program admissions staff evaluate these nontraditional applicants? These nontraditional candidates have demonstrated academic skills in the core content areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies on the GED® test. The American Council on Education, one of the parent organizations of the GED Testing Service, recommends that individuals who earn their jurisdiction’s high school equivalency credential by taking and passing the GED® test be accepted as high school graduates for the purposes of admission into postsecondary education programs.


College Admissions Resources

Understand student scores and performance levels on the 2014 GED® test.

College Admissions Brochure 103014
Check out the 2014 GED® Program: A Guide for Admissions Officers