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Starting College Early

Early High School Graduates or GED Recipients

Every year, St. John’s admits a handful of students who have accelerated their high school classes in order to graduate early or receive a GED. These students often feel they have exhausted the challenge of high school and are ready to start college. If that describes you, then you aren’t alone. In fact, several of our faculty chose to go this route. So you are welcome to apply to St. John’s.

No High School Diploma or GED

Occasionally, St. John’s accepts applicants who have not graduated from high school or received a GED. In these cases, the student is ready for college—both academically and socially—even though they haven’t technically finished the requirements for high school graduation. Such students must submit the results of the SAT, ACT, or Classic Learning Test (CLT). A campus visit and interview are especially important, too, so we can assess readiness for college.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Students who start college at St. John’s early are still eligible for merit scholarships and institutional financial aid. But keep in mind that if you leave high school without a high school diploma or GED, you won’t be eligible for federal financial aid (including federal loans and/or Pell grants).

Contact Us

Questions about starting St. John’s early? Contact us at admissions(at)sjc.edu.