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College Options for GED Recipient with Strong SATs

Question: I am a 21-year-old male who failed to graduate from high school. I have my GED and have recently taken the SAT and scored 1410. I'm wondering what would be the best way for me to pursue a college education. Would I be better off to start looking at nearby community colleges, or do you think some four-year universities may be able to look past the GED?

Your high SAT's and GED will present an interesting (and perhaps appealing) combination to admission committees, and you certainly have a shot at four-year colleges and universities. It’s possible, in fact, that even elite colleges will keep you in the running, but that will depend on a number of factors, including how long you were in high school, how you fared while you were there (and the rigor of the courses you elected), what you have done since you left, and the circumstances that led to your earning a GED instead of a more typical high school diploma.

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