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When you decided to homeschool high school, you probably heard about how homeschool friendly college admissions have become. For the most part, that’s true. Colleges are used to homeschoolers. Many colleges have special admissions officers devoted to reading homeschool applications. Homeschoolers can show off their unique educational paths, allowing us to stand out. And while some homeschool parents worry, colleges accept home-based grades.
Homeschooling can absolutely give your student a leg up in college admissions. Most of the things colleges want to see from homeschoolers benefit your student’s application. Requirements such as course descriptions or book lists allow you to show off your student’s education. When colleges suggest that homeschoolers specifically try to have an interview, that actually helps your student. Plus, you get to control that all important counselor letter and transcript.
However, a few colleges have extra requirements that are more difficult to deal with.
Some of these are elite schools, others are far from it. Most commonly, schools ask for additional testing from homeschool applicants, especially SAT II Subject Tests. However, they may ask for other things, such as proof of lab science or graded work. A very small number of schools ask for either an accredited diploma or the GED.
It’s never fun to be surprised by an unexpected requirement. That’s why we’ve made a list of schools with these extra hoops. Don’t necessarily rule these schools out if they’re right for you student. Do plan ahead by keeping lab records, setting time aside for extra testing, and prepping for any tests.
Trying to figure out what schools might have extra requirements? Click here for our list and feel free to share it widely. It’s a Google Doc, so we’ll be updating it. Also, share with us if you’ve heard of any unexpected requirements from schools.