How to Get a Degree Without Going to High School

Last Updated on January 29, 2023 by Ralph Nyadzi

To be able to get a university degree without going to high school requires that you take one of the below routes.

  • Study privately to obtain a high school diploma opens the door to gaining admission to regular full-time university course
  • Find an accredited college that offers admission to otherwise qualified applicants without them satisfying general education requirements.
  • For example, some degree-awarding universities do not require only high school-level qualifications such as GED, IGCSE, GCE or WASSCE in the admission process.
  • Make good use of any out-of-school experience might have gathered and studied privately in a further education program or an online degree course that leads to the award of a university degree.
  • Study privately for a high school certificate or diploma, and find a job while you take advantage of your experience to enrol and study for an online degree.

In this post, I will show you how to implement the last strategy #4 above to get a degree without going to university.

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Who is strategy #4 best for?

This approach to getting an online degree without going to a senior high school is best for someone who fits into the below criteria.

  • You have had an elementary or primary level education and believe in your ability to do advanced academic work.
  • For some reason, you dropped out of high school prematurely.
  • You are a highly motivated individual.
  • Your age, no matter what it is, does not discourage you from taking your destiny into your own hands to achieve your life goals.
  • You have a strong sense of self-confidence. This means you will not easily be swayed by any words of discouragement.
  • You are a self-starter and an extraordinarily self-disciplined individual.
  • You are willing to go through the process and pay the price instead of trying to cut corners to realize your dream.
  • It is not too difficult for you to get access to an internet connection. Because you will need the internet to access, read and download online study guides and related resources.

Again, when it is time for you to study an online degree course, you must be able to enter virtual classrooms, meet your university lecturers and interact with fellow online students.

Your certificate will be made available to you online. This is another reason internet access is critical to your dream to get a degree without going to university.

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It is completely doable.

The journey from no traditional high school to a valid, prestigious university degree can be an interesting and fulfilling one. And remember, this journey can be as brief as you want it to be.

I know people who have been able to apply my strategy and achieve their academic goals within a matter of three to four years.

In fact, some have even gone ahead to get a master’s degree and other postgraduate certifications soon after.

Are you ready? Let’s do it.

Here is a summary of the steps to take to get an online college degree without going to high school

Study privately to get a high school certificate.

Let’s be clear about this. The actual purpose of studying for a high school certificate is to gain the knowledge and skills that will serve as a sound foundation for your studies in the higher education arena.

A senior high school qualification may not be the only way to be eligible for a university degree program but it is definitely among the best.

So if you think you have what it takes to independently study high school subjects you are passionate about go ahead and do it.

It should take you not more than two years to study on your own and earn a high school diploma.

You will find all the information you need to study as a private candidate and qualify for a high school certificate in the below guide.

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Apply for an online degree course.

Take the below steps to study for a degree after getting your high school certificate or diploma.

  • Prepare your mind first
  • Choose a dependable online degree platform
  • Decide on your desired degree program.
  • Pick the degree-awarding university you wish to study with.

There is a wide array of reputable universities that offer degree courses on Coursera, for example.

  • Draw an effective study strategy.

Remember he who fails to plan, plans to fail.

  • Enrol and start learning.

You might want to read my other article for a more detailed explanation of the steps to take to get a degree without going to a university.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it. You now know the exact steps to take to get a college degree without ever going to high school.

Make sure to remain focused and confident throughout your studies. And trust me, you will get an online degree to set you on the path to success with a good job, your dream business and overall career satisfaction.


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