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The Homeschooler’s Guide To College

The Homeschooler’s Guide To College

There’s a misconception that homeschooled students have a lot of trouble getting into college. While this was true about 20 years ago, colleges are making the process of admissions just as simple and fair as it is for non-homeschooled students. Many colleges are now seeking out homeschooled students because they tend to be excellent college students. We’ve compiled a few tips that you can put to work to ensure that your college admission process is smooth and successful.

Keep Records

Over the course of your 4 years in high school, your grades are recorded on your transcript and from that, your Grade Point Average or GPA is determined. Your GPA is sometimes ranked against your peers so colleges have an idea of how well you’ve performed. For homeschooled students, this system doesn’t apply because there are no other students to compare to. For this exact reason, it is important to keep a well-documented record of your coursework and your performance with that coursework. Some colleges may ask you to provide examples of projects and assignments you have completed so they can better judge your academic performance.

Along with your GPA, colleges will ask for detailed course descriptions for all of the classes you have taken. When writing the course descriptions, if you can demonstrate that your performance was impressive without the use of options by your instructor, it will go a long way with the application committees.

Standardized Exams

Taking standardized exams like the ACT and SAT have proven to be beneficial for both homeschooled and non-homeschooled students when it comes to applying to colleges. However, for a homeschooled student, they are even more important. Since admission committees have little to base your GPA on because they don’t have other students to compare you to, the SAT and ACT are a great way for them to compare your scores to other students in your area that took the same exam.

Extracurricular

As with non-homeschooled students, colleges look for students that have participated in extracurricular activities, clubs, and athletics. For homeschooled students, participating in extracurriculars can be difficult since they are usually offered by public schools. However, did you know that depending on the school district, homeschooled students can be allowed to participate in all the clubs, athletic teams, and events offered by the school? Look into your local school district’s policies and other local extracurricular opportunities.

Take a College Course

Supplementing homeschooled courses with courses at a local community college will go a long way toward alleviating any concerns about the student’s ability to transition from homeschooling to a traditional school setting. While you can provide everything necessary to prove the difficulty of your homeschooled course to an admission committee, community college courses are graded on a standardized scale that offers application committees a demonstration of your abilities.

Applying and getting accepted to colleges can be tough but with this simple guide,  hopefully, the process can be less daunting. The most important thing to remember during this whole process is just because you are homeschooled doesn’t make you inferior or reduce your chances of getting accepted into a great college. If you prove to the admissions committee that your coursework was just a rigorous and that your extracurriculars are just as important, then you have nothing to worry about.