I speak to rooms full of parents--everything from living rooms to convention halls--considering a home education journey for their middle and high school young adults. Most often we talk about specifics and how-tos. However, at some point, usually during a Q&A session, I am usually asked
"What about college admission?"
The answer to the question depends on the status of the student applying.
Home educated in our state means enrolled in the Home Education Program with the county of residence. Those students are home educated students by definition and will apply to colleges as home educated, non-traditional or non-accredited graduates. The term used varies college to college.
In our state if the student chooses to enroll in a private school for classes once, twice, or three or more times a week--or as a place of record--that student is considered a private school student and will apply to colleges as a private school graduate. Some colleges and universities require private schools to be accredited, by the state or by a regional accrediting agency.
Generally colleges welcome home educated students with unique educational and extra-curricular experiences and varied community service opportunities, but it is always wise to check on the admission requirements of particular schools of interest. I recommend parents and students begin THE BIG COMPARISON--outlined in my book Celebrate High School--when several colleges have sparked a desire for further research.
- Universities are hiring counselors designated to serve home educated students. After reading online admission requirements, make contact with the counselor. Advanced research demonstrates interest and initiative.
- A running list of questions may be helpful.
- Early research allows parents and students to plan well. Gain the knowledge you need!
Locating the specific requirements for home educated applicants takes time. If your student's college of interest is not listed below, try
- typing "homeschool" or "home education" in the search box of the college website.
- searching "homeschool coordinator" in the search box of the college website.
- contacting the homeschool admissions coordinator. Colleges and universities are hiring personnel to help their home-educated applicants.
- looking for homeschool admission requirements under the heading "non-traditional". Home education is considered a non-traditional method of education by many universities.
Direct links to information relevant to home-educated applicants:
North Carolina Wesleyan, Rocky Mount, NC (see page 15 of the college catalog)
- Additional information about admission requirements for specific colleges at Penn State.
Syracuse University School of Architecture, Syracuse, NY
- high school preparation for Syracuse Architecture
- Syracuse University School of Architecture portfolio requirements
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
- thoughts on admissions at Yale
I do not receive any compensation for inclusions on this list. It is completely random--I add to the list as I research and work with families. This list is not intended as endorsement or advertisement; simply as a helpful tool to aid and encourage.
This list grows and grows. Check back for new additions.
High school is not a one-size-fits all experience. The journey is unique for every student. Celebrate High School equips parents and students of any educational philosophy with easy-to-follow explanations, ready-to-use examples, and parent testimonials.
This blog post is intended to offer an example of personal experience. It is in no way intended to be legal advice and should not be taken as such. Parents own the sole responsibility for the training and education of their children.