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Hello everyone out there, I just would like to communicate you that there is not local community college that will accept PennFoster high school diploma because is not accredited by most states. I personally called my community college "BTW" Rockland community college or RCC in NEW YORK, to ask if they accept online high school diplomas and the answer was very clear a big " NO". instead they offer me GED and a website where i could studied on my own or go to their GED programs to get ready to take state GED 20 credits. so my advice don't get fool and pay this lump amount of money.
Many of our students have moved on to higher educational institutions. It is also important to understand the accreditation system. Individual states do not accredit schools, they license them. It is not true to state that most community colleges do not accept a Penn Foster diploma. Each college has the right to implement their own entrance requirements.
I am certainly disappointed to hear that your local community college does not accept a distant education diploma. They are missing out on a lot of great students. Also, I can accurately state that recent Penn Foster graduates have been accepted to universities such as Syracuse, Connecticut, and Texas Tech.
If anybody has an issue with a college accepting your diploma, ask them why. If they need to see our accreditation information, it is clearly listed on the website.
Good luck to everybody!
Hi, I am currently in the high school diploma program and i called University of Phoniex and they accept the diploma. I also did some investigation with my parents before i started and Pennfoster is accredited by the BBB, and you can also go to this website http://online-high-school.findthebest.com/d/b/DETC this site shows everything that the schools have such as being accredited and the rankings that they have. Pennfoster is DETC certified, as well as NCAA certified.
This what i copied and pasted from the the link i posted;
Thank you Tradavis. I was thinking of enrolling at university of Phoenix when i graduated from here. i also did some research before enrolling and there are other schools that are not accredited But penn foster is. I google searched a lot and stumbled upon the national education bureau and that's how I found out. I was looking at a different school. They send you a bunch of stuff nod t's only $50. Sounded fishy enough to me. Thankfully I found penn foster. (My mom also was also enrolled, but not high school. But never went to another school so I wasn't sure.)
I've been eyeballing University of Phoenix as well. I contacted them through Twitter to find out if they'd accept Penn Foster's Associate Degree in Healthcare Management so I could move on to a Bachelor's Master's program there if I decided to go that route =)
Kaplan University is another University that Penn Foster alumni can attend.
actually some colleges do not accept but certain types a accreditation, but before I enrolled in pennfoster I contacted my local community college "Gaston college" and they said that a majority of there students are pennfoster graduates. im not saying that this statement is false, but in my opinion it sounds like the college he contacted did not even have the information of the accreditation that pennfoster has. for example. Lincoln college "another online diploma program" are rarely accepted due to the fact that they are more of a online homeschool that are accredited like most of these private schools. "witch is why most private school graduates cannot get accepted into a community college"
As Brian mentioned previously it is solely up to the receiving institution as to what diplomas or credits they accept. It has nothing to do with our accreditation. Our High School is fully accredited both nationally & regionally and licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools.
The US Job Corp offers their students the option to earn their HS Diploma through Penn Foster as an alternative to a GED. I recently visited the Brooklyn location and the students personally told me that employers and schools prefer a student with a HS diploma over a GED. Although we cannot guarantee that every college will accept you I can assure you we have all the proper accreditation needed. Jenn Booth can provide you with a letter listing our accreditation which you can bring to the school. Did any of the persons you spoke to mention exactly why they would not accept our HS diploma? Here is a video of my visit to the Brooklyn NY Job Corp: Penn Foster Brooklyn Job Corps High School Graduates - YouTube
Here is a link to our accreditation page:
Paulane I would advise you to contact us directly and speak to an Student Care Service rep. 1.888.427.1000. They can provide you with the accreditation information from our school in writing. We are the largest high school in the US with over 30,000 students and many of those students go on to college. Can you tell us specifically which college you applied to and exactly why they did not accept your diploma? Any Admissions department that would actually allow their staff to mock or laugh at a student attempting to enter their school does not sound legitimate to me.
Hi Erin, i have a small issue with the High School program
When you enroll for the given course, it say's you got to complete 21.5 credits thus 17 courses plus 5 electives and you will recieve your diploma. Now there telling me to do a proctored exam, and that was not stated on the program outline for high school program. I know that you got to do that type of exam for the bechalor and accosiate degree but not this one. any help ? or if you can explain me.
These two links everyone should check out!!! I was looking for schools for many yrs to get my H.S. diploma and then move on to college courses. Penn Foster in my opinion is a reputable school. Prior to signing up I researched each step I was going to make and then I called the colleges. I was and still am looking to go to Kentucky University which does accept PF. But after finishing my diploma I liked PF so much I'm now in the Construction Technology Associate Degree program. Once I finish with that I will be going to Columbia Southern for Construction Occupational Health & Safety and then to Kentucky. Using PK College saved me alot of money and as such will allow me to get a masters degree. But I look up every school first. I don't like to put any school down but Pheonix was one school I looked into and I did not find it appealing. And that's being nice. I hope this and the links below help reassure anyone in doubt.
Also alot of schools will not accept high school diplomas from internet schools because they are just giving a $400 diploma or piece of paper to anyone with the money. With PennFoster and others they have the transcripts and that is what the colleges need. Not a fake diploma from a paper mill.
Like I said I had attended the Indiana University that is a Big Ten College. Plus Ashford University very successfully. The red tape behind it is in no way a reflection of their credibility. It is the institutions choice to accept or deny the diploma. So if you know where you want to go check and make sure before you enroll in the program. Once again this is your responsibility for your own choices on your education. I have never had any issue and was pursed by other colleges for my GPA through this program.
Thank you guys so much. for the information that has been shared here. I'm new to the Penn Foster H.S. program and i truly had some reservations myself. But joining the Penn Foster community has seat my mind at ease. I'm truly hoping to get the most out of this experience, thanks for the jump start.
I know schools in Florida do accept PF high school. I teach at a community college, and one of my students from a few years ago graduated from PF. I think Edith hit the nail on the head. Many people have never heard of PF, so if you simply make a phone call and ask if they accept online high school diplomas, of course they're going to say no. But once you tell them that the school is regionally accredited, you should get a much more positive response. You have to ask the right questions or better yet, walk into the registration/ advisement office in person with proof of accreditation.
Broward College. I believe Miami Dade also accepts it. The key, as I noted above, is to ask the right questions. I can bet the problem Mr. Goldman had above is that he was very generalized, didn't even name the school. There are so many scams out there with diploma mills (illegal companies that promise you a high school diploma or college degree, you pay hundreds or thousands of dollars, and then get a worthless sheet of paper, not even a GED), so the colleges safeguard against this. All you have to do is mention Penn Foster specifically, and tell them who they are accredited with. The adviser can easily look it up online to verify.
It would be the same thing if you attended a high school down here, say Western High for example, and then moved up north. People in New York or PA never heard of Western High, but it's accredited by SACS, so you'd be fine. Online high schools are becoming more common, esp in states where they've cancelled summer school and night school, and you need to make up credits somehow, right.
If you plan on attending college in Florida, you'd have to take the PERT (Post Secondary Education Readiness Test) before registering for classes. Of course, SAT or ACT are also acceptable.
The PERT has reading, math, and English. It is only an entrance exam designed to place you into the correct level classes (e.g. Should you jump immediately into college algebra or should you be in Beginning Algebra (equivalent to Algebra 1 in high school). All in-coming freshman from a private school, home school, out of state school, or GED must take this test.
What is the HAD?
So when you call, remember just specifically state Penn Foster and state the regional accreditation (Middle States I believe, but copy the full name from the website).
Penn Foster High School program definitely isn't cheap. After reading all these comments I really hope that community colleges in Los Angeles County accept this diploma. I would feel very, extremely, sad knowing that it wont be accepted. Cant the administration for PF do something in this area in making sure that it stays accredited with the movement of technology and all? Can they push it more to be validated within the Department of Education so that it may be recognized? I don't think a sorry will do for me if my community colleges doesn't accept it, especially when I'm not even sure what I want to do yet?
Brian Brown Yes, people don't realize that any first and most second tear colleges require SAT's. In fact, I emailed about 25 colleges and Law Schools and they all accepted Penn Foster. Requiring SAT has nothing to do with the High School one attended. Penn Foster can be used to really get ones life on track and is actually accredited regionally and nationally, which beats many private institutions. I also found it convenient that I didn't have to take the 4 Regents I had left
The only schools that I have found to deny Penn Foster is CUNY's and SUNY'S.
I hope you all choose Penn Foster just like I have!
krmelendez Hey! Have you tried to contact the local colleges? Penn Foster is regionally and Nationally accredited, and therefore is accepted by the US dept of education AKA Board of Ed http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/SearchResult.aspx?6d6f64653d5365617263684279496e737469747574696f6e267264743d372f32332f3230313420363a33373a333020504d.
Most colleges will accept Penn Foster with an SAT. Google the different accreditation bodies and you will be surprised how reliable it is.
Hi I live in NEW YORK and I just finished my high school program with Penn foster, I started calling around, I called one of the most horrible college first, WCC (Westchester community college) they said they don't accept it, so if they don't accept it then the good ones won't right? I was wrong!! I called the college of Westchester and they said YES THEY DO!!!! Then I called MONROE COLLEGE THEY DO! I called MERCY college which is my number 1 choice.. THEY DO!!!!!! so please do your research don't focus in only one school.
yokairis heb1012 Yokairis, thanks for posting! I was in a similar situation, but didn't only call second and third tear colleges, but I called first tear and almost every one accepted the diploma. That includes, Harvard, Columbia and NYU. The reason many people will not get accepted there is because of a lack of SAT scores. I didn't take the SAT because I originally enrolled in a school which didn't require one, but at the end opted for Penn Foster Bachelors program. My goal is to take my LSATs this year and go to Law School. Penn Foster not only allowed me to graduate High School at 15, but will allow me to receive my college degree in an expedited fashion.
CUNY and SUNY colleges have a rule that they won't take ANY online schools, which isn't limited to Penn Foster. After extensive research I was happy to find out that Penn Foster has the most reliable accreditation of any online High School. CUNY and SUNY don't like online methods as you can bypass the NYC law of taking Regents which sets one of the highest educational curriculum. I took 6 Regents, but actually found them very easy, but back to the topic at hand, SUNY and CUNY are state funded and therefore won't allow you to bypass their rules.
Hope I helped!