This page is as much for homeschoolers to find admissions policies as it is for those college admissions officers who are trying to develop such a policy for their universities. This page does not represent all colleges with policies online. My intention is to give enough samples so that all may see what sort of policies are in place.
Developing Homeschool Admission Policies
The Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents (OFTP) initiated the University Project in order to study the present situation with regard to access of home educated students to colleges and universities and address any admissions issues that arise.
Ivy League Homeschool Admissions
Students who want to be successful in highly selective admissions are advised to start early and carefully build their academic profile during the high school years.
Understanding Homeschool Requirements for Getting In
(The HomeScholar’s Coffee Break Book series 13) [Kindle Edition]
by Lee Binz
Reading “College Admissions Policies Demystified” is the perfect place to start. Using examples from a variety of different colleges and universities, Lee Binz, The HomeScholar, breaks down all the scary words and acronyms, translates the education-ese language, and helps you figure out just exactly what those universities are asking for. Then she explains the easiest ways to give the schools what they want.
Samples of College Admission Policies for Homeschoolers
Arizona State University
We understand that your academic background differs from students who attended public, private or charter schools.
Bard College at Simon’s Rock
We treat your application not as a set of numbers but as an expression of your character, ambitions, imagination and intelligence. Home-schooled students should include well documented academic histories. Students may be admitted after 10th or 11th grade. Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
Canadian Universities Admission Policies for Homeschoolers
An overview of policies from the Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents.
The City University of New York (CUNY) Home-School
If you are a New York State resident who received home-schooling, a transcript outlining all completed coursework with grades earned is required. You must also submit a letter from the superintendent of your school district or comparable chief school administrator certifying that you have completed the equivalent of a New York State four-year high school program through home-schooling. If you cannot obtain the letter from the high school district, you must obtain a GED.
Claremont McKenna College, California
Guidelines to assist homeschooled students in the process of applying to CMC. We encourage you contact the office directly should have any questions or need further clarification.
With our individual assessment of all students, we look at four things. Those four things are: academic information, application information, recommendations and tests scores.
Columbia, New York
Home-schooled students receive the same evaluation as other Columbia applicants – every application receives the careful attention of several members of the professional admissions staff, and decisions are made only after review by a committee of these officers.
Columbia College, Missouri
A private, homeschooling friendly, four-year liberal arts and sciences college. Located in Columbia, Missouri, we are affiliated by covenant with the Disciples of Christ Church. Current enrollment in the Day Program is approximately 900 students.
There is no separate form or special application for homeschool students. Standardized test scores can demonstrate proficiency. We ask your homeschool supervisor to submit additional information on curriculum, grading scale, and evaluation. Dartmouth receives many applications from homeschool students, and our holistic review process means we consider each applicant within the context of their educational environment, community, and opportunities.
Dharma Realm Buddhist University, California
At DRBU we acknowledge that a strong academic foundation can be built through a variety of approaches in order to achieve students’ educational goals, and a nontraditional education can make you an ideal candidate for our unique program.
Georgia Perimeter College
An applicant who completed high school graduation requirements under a homeschool program or graduated from a non-accredited high school may be considered for admission.
We recognize that homeschoolers’ academic backgrounds are distinctive. We strongly encourage homeschooled applicants to help us get an adequate picture of their college preparation. Clinton, NY.
We do a holistic read of your application, meaning we look at everything. Most activities used as part of your transcript should have a grade or narrative evaluation of your work and progress. For activities not evaluated by a teacher or supervisor, we require your self-assessment of the nature of your work and how it contributed to your intellectual growth. No college entrance tests required for any applicant.
Houghton College, NY
Currently, there are approximately 40 students on campus who were homeschooled for at least their high school years. Houghton hopes to see this number increase. Includes sample curricular template.
Kansas State University
A growing number of home-schooled students are forging successful college careers at K-State. They are listed as one of America’s 100 best public universities.
We recognize the important contributions made by homeschoolers both in the classroom and as part of student life and make a deliberate effort to accommodate the special circumstances of homeschoolers during the admissions process.
Lewis & Clark
We fully recognize that home-schooling experiences vary tremendously; therefore, we will work with home-school students on a case-by-case basis, tailoring the admissions process so that you are able to best present yourself and your abilities.
Mary Baldwin College
We welcome homeschool, umbrella school, and correspondence school applications. (GED not required.) We recognize homeschool transcripts under parental authorization. We award merit scholarships based on SAT or ACT scores.
Missouri State University
Missouri State University welcomes and encourages the enrollment of qualified homeschooled students. We recognize the commitment that homeschooled students and their families make in completing their high school education. Missouri State University counts many graduates of homeschool programs among its current students and alumni.
MIT has a long history of admitting homeschooled students, and these students are successful and vibrant members of our community.
New York University
New York University welcomes applications from homeschooled students. All homeschooled applicants must submit a complete application for admission, the personal statements/essay, the undergraduate statistical form, and the application fee. Note also that auditions or portfolios are required for applicants to some programs. Other admissions requirements for homeschooled students have been modified to take into consideration the variety of settings in which homeschooling can occur, and are listed here.
Notre Dame College of Ohio
Home-schooled students are those who have completed the equivalent of traditional secondary education by learning at home or elsewhere in the community.
Princeton welcomes applications from homeschooled students. Although they still make up a very small portion of the applicant pool, applications from homeschooled students have been increasing. Among the homeschooled students admitted in recent years was a student who graduated as valedictorian of the Class of 2002.
Applicants enrolled in home-school programs follow the same application procedures as first-year or transfer applicants, with the following additional requirements…
Stanford has no specific high school course requirements and the admissions office has been particularly friendly to homeschooled students. But their standards are high and courses are rigorous: one needs to be very well prepared. Here’s an article about how homeschoolers can get into Stanford. Palo Alto, CA.
Trinity Western University
Langley, BC, Canada. Students who complete their secondary education through homeschooling may complete the regular application for admission and fulfill the following requirements: Complete and submit Homeschooled Education Background chart (your admissions counselor will provide you with this document). Complete and submit official SAT or ACT scores.
University of California
Many home-schooled students have been admitted to UC, and are successful and vibrant members of our community. We’re interested not only in your strengths as a scholar, but also your leadership qualities, passions and contributions to your family and community.
University of California Riverside
We know that strong academic foundations can be built in many ways. A nontraditional education can make you an ideal candidate for UC Riverside, a campus that embraces the extraordinary.
University of Charleston, West Virginia
The University of Charleston makes every effort to accommodate the special circumstances of homeschool students during the admissions process.
University of Hawaii, Manoa
If you are in a non-traditional program, please include a separate statement that includes titles and descriptions of all coursework completed.
University of Nebraska Omaha
Students who have been homeschooled will be reviewed and are expected to meet the 16 core courses and the performance requirement. Homeschooled students are recommended to follow a curriculum of courses that parallel the University of Nebraska at Omaha core course requirements.
University of Washington
Homeschooled students bring unique qualities to our campus, and we welcome their interest in UW. The Office of Admissions provides these guidelines to help homeschooled applicants become eligible for admission consideration.
U.S. Air Force Academy Homeschoolers’ Requirements
Home-schooled students are as competitive for appointment to the United States Air Force Academy as any other applicant, and must meet the same standards as students coming from traditional school settings. There are many ways that homeschooled students can design their curriculum and choose activities to prepare for the Academy and to strengthen their application.
Home-schooled applicants complete the same application as other students and must fulfill the same testing requirements. Because homeschooled students may lack standard measures of academic performance, they must try to provide comparable information in different ways. Here are a few suggestions for home-schoolers as they approach the application process.