How to Go from Homeschool to College
When parents begin homeschooling their children, there is often a concern that it will be difficult to send their student to college. This is hardly the case – in fact, colleges are more accepting of homeschoolers than ever! Read on to find out how to go from homeschool to college.
Can homeschoolers go to college?
Yes! Homeschooling and college are not mutually exclusive; in fact, Ivy League Universities even go out of their way to recruit homeschooled students. When applying to college as a homeschooler, the most important thing for your application is to create a transcript.
Looking for a homeschool high school transcript template? Time4Learning offers a free, downloadable, and customizable transcript template!
Because of a high success rate among homeschoolers, most colleges don’t need to see an accredited high school diploma. A detailed portfolio of a homeschooler’s high school work and standardized tests, such as the ACT or SAT, are necessary for homeschooled applicants. Make sure to work on your writing skills, because admissions essays are an important part of an application.
Schools can differ, especially in their application processes. To ensure your homeschooler’s application is strong, make sure to carefully read through the admissions criteria and steps to apply. If you have any questions about a college’s admissions process, make sure to contact the college. Those in higher education are familiar with homeschooling and can provide you any information that is specific to the institution.
If you would like to create a diploma for your homeschooler, there are a variety of templates for parents to fill out, print, and sign. Make sure to check your state’s specific requirements to determine when you can issue a diploma to your homeschooler. The state requirements can also serve as a foundation when creating your transcript to ensure that all required material is being taught.
Pennsylvania and North Dakota offer state-recognized, accredited homeschool diplomas, but accreditation is not necessary for college admission.
Can homeschooled students get scholarships?
Once again, the answer is yes! Homeschoolers are entitled to financial aid, just as public and private school students are. Some universities automatically consider all applicants for merit based scholarships, while others require students to apply. For more information about scholarships for homeschooled students, consult:
- Scholarships for Homeschool Graduates
- Homeschooler’s Guide To College Scholarships
- Let’s Homeschool High School Scholarship Listings
From Homeschool to College, My Story
You may be happy to know that the author of this blog is a college student who was homeschooled for the majority of her life – including high school! I am a rising senior at the University of South Florida in Tampa, and I intern for Time4Learning. I don’t ever remember being denied an opportunity because I was homeschooled.
I applied to nine different universities – a mix of private and public – and was accepted to all. The only thing I had to worry about was making a decision. I chalk my success up to my years of homeschooling, which offered me freedom to discover my passion. While traditional high school students were lectured on the structure of a cell, I was in the Everglades, researching effective removal methods for invasive Cuban Tree Frogs. I presented my scientific research poster, which is now hanging up at a local university, while others are watching the same experiments they saw last year during the science fair.
When it came time to apply for college, admission essays and interviews were a breeze. Homeschooling gave me the ability to develop my passions, interests, and interpersonal skills. I firmly believe that if I was not homeschooled, I may not have been as successful when it came time to apply for college.
The transition from homeschooling to college was seamless and effortless, it seemed. Homeschoolers, especially in high school, have access to far more learning opportunities than a traditional student. With time for field trips and exposure to people and places of all backgrounds, culture, and history, homeschoolers have ample opportunities to learn. The experiences I had while homeschooled were further encouraged as I went to college, and I felt well prepared.
Everyone’s homeschooling journey is different, and the pathways created are endless. Time4Learning provides an interactive curriculum that allows you and your homeschooler ample freedom over his or her learning experience. Your homeschooler’s college acceptance will be here in no time!
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