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Homeschool and College Acceptance

College StudentOpponents of homeschooling argue the fact that children who are homeschooled have a much more difficult time with college admittance, than do children who have attended a traditional classroom setting.

Fortunately the vast majority of colleges are eagerly accepting students who were schooled at home. The number continues to rise, with each new year. 

The largest hurdle homeschooled students face when it comes to applying to the college of their choice is the lack of traditional transcripts and diploma. Since these things don’t physically exist, some colleges will ask the student to obtain a GED. Most colleges require the student to take other standardized tests, such as the ACT and/or SAT. 

In addition to these tests, students can also put together a portfolio, of sorts. Include a detailed account of all completed course, the results of any other advanced placement tests, proof of attending community education or pre-college courses and volunteer work.  

They might, also, consider the inclusion of character references from family, friends and employers. Maybe even an essay, which explains their interest and goals for the future. 

The lack of records problem can be resolved by enrolling your child in an online homeschool educational program. These schools do offer hard copies of transcripts and report cards. These documents are usually sufficient, in the eyes of the Admissions Dept. 

Do a search for accredited online school programs, using your favorite search engine. You will probably be surprised at the number of accredited online school programs available to you. They, of course, cost more than if you create your child’s curriculum, yourself. But, it’s worth it if you are new to homeschooling or don’t have a great deal of extra time to allocate to course preparation.

Like traditionally schooled students, homeschooled students need to take the time to find the college which will best meet their educational needs. It should be a well thought out decision that entails contacting several schools.

Make the final choice after determining which schools are the most willing to assist homeschool graduates with the admission process. You will find that many colleges are very receptive to the needs and wants of students schooled in a home environment.

 Here is the experience of one homeschooled child:

I was homeschooled from junior high through highschool and I found the experience to be very rewarding and it did not affect my chances for a traditional college education in the least. In fact, I know I was ahead of the game and many other kids my age. I was able to finish my high school education within two years and apply for and receive an official diploma through a correspondence school. By the time I was sixteen years old I entered college with no problems. I took many advanced chemistry, anatomy, biology, mathematics, and literature classes during my time at college and I maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout. I was even accepted into my college’s honor program for gifted students. All of this was possible without a “traditional” high school education. I would not change anything about the education I received…it has made me the successful and well adjusted person that I am today.

Tiffany ~ A homeschooled student


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