Advancing your academic and career development at an online college is possible without a traditional diploma. While a high school diploma is a nationally accepted symbol of completion of your high school coursework, many people learn in untraditional ways. Homeschooled and unschooled students can present their academic coursework or transcripts when applying to online colleges. Those who have left high school early can study for a General Education Development (GED) certificate and submit this with their college applications. Current high school students can apply to some online colleges before they have actually received their high school diplomas.

Kaplan University

To apply to Kaplan University for their online degree programs, prospective students can present a General Education Development (GED) certificate, a home study certificate, a home study transcript or a high school transcript that indicates when you will graduate from high school. Kaplan University offers associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs, law degrees and professional certifications. Students can pursue online degrees in the arts and sciences, business, Concord law, criminal justice, education, health sciences, technology, legal studies and nursing.

University of Phoenix

If you did not earn a high school diploma and you're interested in applying to University of Phoenix, you can present a GED certificate or the California High School Proficiency Examination certificate. University of Phoenix offers associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs either online or at the school's more than 200 campuses nationwide. Student can choose a degree path in fields including arts and sciences, business and management, criminal justice and security, education, human services, nursing and health care, psychology or technology.

Capella University

Capella University accepts students who are at least 24 years old. Their application process requires a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a GED certificate. Capella University offers bachelor's, master's, Ed.S. and doctoral degree programs as well as certificates. Students can pursue online degrees in business management, health care, higher education, human capital management, information technology, K-12 education, mental health, public administration and public safety.

American InterContinental University

The admissions requirements for this online college include submitting an attestation of your high school graduation or its equivalent. Students can submit proof of their home school education, their GED certificate or other proof of their secondary education completion. The American InterContinental University offers associate's, bachelor's and master's online degree programs in the areas of business administration, criminal justice, design, education and information technology.