Homeschooling and College Admissions
By Tavia Evans and Roxana Hadad
June 02, 2008
Get Some Credit
Many community colleges and universities allow high school students to take classes and receive credit. You can also get credit by scoring high on the Advanced Placement (AP) or the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests. Earning college credits during high school demonstrates your initiative and gives admissions counselors a way to evaluate your potential for college success.
“We encourage homeschooled students to take the SAT and the ACT tests, especially the SAT subject tests,” says Marlon Evans, development officer at Stanford University. “The exams will lend more weight to the application and give us a sense of their preparation from subject to subject.”
Standardized test requirements vary, so check your college applications to make sure you’ve taken the correct tests. You can also take the PSAT or PLAN, a pre-ACT test, to help you perfect your test-taking abilities. Do well on these tests to prove that you’re ready for college-level course work.
For More Information …
Colleges and universities have different requirements for homeschooled students. Check with the admissions department of the schools you’re considering and get their policies in writing.
Contact your state’s department of education to see if there are any additional admissions requirements for homeschooled students.
The college admissions process can be difficult for homeschooled students. But with the right planning and preparation, you can meet the challenge and succeed in the admissions process.