Homeschooling High School
College Admissions Tips


When homeschooling high school, you may be wondering what steps are necessary to complete high school at home and gain acceptance into college.

Some common questions parents and high school students ask are:

Do colleges accept homeschoolers?

Will colleges and universities accept homeschool diplomas?

What do colleges look for?

Do I need an accredited home school high school diploma?

Know that many homeschooled students have earned their high school diploma, and successfully enrolled in top colleges around the country.Your teen can do this from home too!

The Truth About Homeschooling High School Diplomas

Contrary to what you may think, you don't need an accredited diploma to go to college. Colleges and universities really do not care about high school diplomas.

According to one university admissions office employee...
"Colleges don't give two rats tails about it!"

So there you have it! :)

You can rest easier when homeschooling high school knowing the actual diploma really doesn't matter. Colleges and universities look for other criteria.

However, receiving a diploma does give you and your child a sense of completion and symbolizes that "You did it!"

You can easily create your own diploma to give to your homeschooling high school student, once they complete all their high school requirements.

Many homeschool support groups provide graduation ceremonies for homeschooling students, with all the pomp and circumstance of a typical graduation – well, maybe on a smaller scale!

So, What Do Colleges Look For?

1. Homeschool transcript – list all completed courses and grades.
2. SAT/ACT Scores
3. Other application requirements (essay, interviews, etc.)

Additional items colleges may require or request:

4. Any additional testing completed.
5. Portfolio – list of books/curriculum used/samples of work, etc.
6. Extra curricular activities or volunteer work. (Helpful for scholarships.)

GPAs, SATs, ACTs, PSATs/NMSQTs – The ABC’s of College Admissions

Post secondary institutions look at a wide array of factors when considering applications.

Most colleges consider academic performance as most important. Most admissions offices calculate academic performance based upon some combination of standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, PSAT) and Grade Point Average (GPA).

Since the calculation of a GPA can vary widely from one high school to another, standardized test scores usually carry much more weight.

If you homeschool through to graduation, work to improve your teen's standardized test scores to give the most academic opportunities.

Also, take a trip to an area college, especially if its the one you want to attend. Visit their admissions office and meet with an admissions counselor.

Meet with professors and individuals who work in the specific department/s of interest. You will learn first hand, what you need to do to get accepted into that college.

Most colleges follow similar procedures, so apply the given advice you receive, to other college applications.

Enjoy the homeschooling high school experience! Don't waste your time worrying too much about your actual high school diploma (document).

Instead, focus on the most important actions, like meeting your state's high school requirements, improving your college entrance exam scores, and other important college entrance requirements!

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