Must I Report a High School Expulsion on College Transfer Application?

Question: I decided to go for my GED after not being able to successfully pass a mandated state testing math portion, I am currently enrolled at a Community College and am now in the process of filling out college transfer applications. Since I won’t be putting down any high school information, do I need to disclose an expulsion?

 If an application asks about expulsions, you must reply honestly, even if you don’t plan to include high school information. In fact, your transfer college may require a high school transcript, although you are applying as a GED recipient. (Note, however, that college admission officials put far more emphasis on the college record than on the high school record when evaluating transfer candidates.)

Thus, you need to write a letter to your transfer college(s) explaining the reason for your erstwhile expulsion. Emphasize what you learned from the episode and how you have moved on (providing examples, if appropriate).

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