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A Chinese student just sent us an email with two questions.  Here is his/her email after proper translation:

“I am 23 years old and currently residing in New York.  I was two courses short of getting my high-school diploma.    Now, I want to continue my education as a college student.    May I apply to a U.S. community college without a high school diploma?
If so, would you please give me a list of those schools?   Thank you.”

Our answers to this Chinese student are provided below:

(1) Yes.   There are some community colleges which can allow one who does not have high-school academic credentials or a GED score to apply.   There is only one premise for this condition: the applicant has to be over 18 years old.

(2) The community colleges in New York can not grant you admission if you don’t possess a high-school diploma with sufficient Grade Average Point (GPA).    This regulation of New York is only valid within New York state.   Other American states may not have the same demands.

For example, the community colleges around the metropolitan area of Seattle, WA, can take students who are over 18 years old and do not have any high-school diploma.   You may ask “can an international student take advantage of this policy?”

Yes!  You are welcome to do so if you fit these conditions. :

  1. Over 18 years old, and
  2. Never graduated from a high school.

Here is a list of some community colleges around Seattle, Washington.

School Ranking Students Admission Web Page
Bellevue College Not Enough Data for Ranking 37,000 Phone: (425)564-3185 Fax: (425) 641-0246 Email: oie@bellevuecollege.edu Office of International Education & Global Initiatives
Edmonds Community College Not Enough Data for Ranking 12,000 Phone: (425)640-1518 Fax: (425)774-0455 Email: iss_desk@email.edcc.edu International Student Services
North Seattle Community College #100 Best Community College by Wallethub.com 17,990 Phone:(206)934-3672 Fax: (206)934-3794 Email: IPFrontdesk@seattlecolleges.edu International Programs
Seattle Central College Not Enough Data for Ranking 16,810 Phone: (206)934-3893 Fax: (206)934-3868 Email: SeattleCentral.IntlAdmissions@seattlecolleges.edu International Student Programs
Shoreline Community College #84 Best Community College by Wallethub.com 6,300 Phone:(206)546-4697 Fax:(206)546-7854 Email: international@shoreline.edu International Education
South Seattle College Not Enough Data for Ranking 6,350 Phone: (206)934-5360 Fax: (206)934-5836 Email: cie@seattlecolleges.edu Center for International Education

Good luck with your application!