High School Equivalency Diploma

Earning a High School Equivalency (HSE, formerly known as GED)

through 24 college credits

A New York State High School Equivalency (HSE) will be issued to a student who satisfactorily completes 24 applicable credits as a recognized candidate for a degree or certificate. The following procedures must be followed by any student wishing to receive his/her High School Equivalency Diploma through credit study at Dutchess Community College.


1. The student must take the Accuplacer test offered through the Office of Academic Services and Testing, Hudson Hall, room 315, (845) 431-8090.

2. The student must complete the application process as either a full-time or part-time student. Applications are available in the Admissions Office and the Registrar's Office.

3. The student must complete 24 credits with a C average (2.0) or better applicable to a degree or certificate program in order to satisfy HSE requirements. Non-credit courses (below 100, such as ENG 092 or MAT 091) and courses not applicable to a program will not count toward this requirement. The 24 credits must include the following:
       six credits in English
       three credits in Mathematics
       three credits in Natural Science
       three credits in Social Science
       three credits in Humanities
       six credits in College degree program requirements

4. The student MUST complete a credit certification form available in the Registrar’s Office and pay the $10 fee to New York State. The form, after it is signed by the Registrar, is forwarded to the State Education Department, along with an official copy of the student's transcript, for the issuance of a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma. The student will receive the HSE by mail.