Home School Admissions
If your homeschooled child is planning to pursue a college degree, this is the place to be! This page provides detailed admissions requirements, scholarship information, and helpful links provided by college admissions officers and counselors from all over the country.
We are very grateful that so many professionals in the college admissions community are taking the time to respond to our online survey, as well as to speak with us directly about their perceptions of (and recommendations for!) homeschooled students who are applying to college. The information, ideas, and resource they are sharing will surely help your child achieve their educational goals!
Falone Serna, Reed College
“It’s hard, but in the end it’s so worthwhile.”
If “intense”, “challenging” and “rigorous” are words that excite you, and if you’re looking for a college filled with engaged, passionate learners, then Reed College in Portland, Oregon may be just the place for you. Many people have heard of Reed College because of Steve Jobs, but few know just how regionally diverse the campus is (with just 8% of its student body coming from Oregon), or know that the school is one of the only liberal arts colleges with a nuclear reactor. I recently spent some time speaking with Falone Serna, Director of Admission at Reed, to get more detailed information about the school and the types of students they’re looking for. Check out the interview to learn:
- What advantages homeschooled applicants have over traditionally-educated students,
- The one core skill and two required classes you’ll need to be considered for admission to Reed, and
- Why Reed graduates have one of the lowest levels of student debt.
After the interview, here’s where you can find more information about applying to Reed:
Adrian Nelson, Shimer College
Shimer College may be the ideal setting for many homeschooled students. It provides a small campus with lots of educational options, not to mention a view of the skyline of Chicago and all that the city has to offer. Adrian Nelson is the Assistant Director of Admissions at Shimer, and she told me during our interview how much they love non-traditional applicants. So much, in fact, that they even have a scholarship just for homeschooled students! Listen in to learn more about:
- The biggest mistakes homeschooled applicants make,
- What Shimer’s holistic application process entails, and
- How your student can stand out in the application process.
Micah Canal, Antioch College
“Education has to have utility.”
As the Dean of Admissions at Antioch College, a small liberal arts school in Ohio, Micah Canal has lots of experience working with students from a variety of different backgrounds, including many home schooled students. In our interview he describes Antioch as a “small school with big ideas” that provides an “artisan education” to its students — a great fit for many homeschoolers! Listen in as we discuss:
- The application process at Antioch, and how it is designed to empower students and families,
- Why documentation and outside evaluation are so important to admissions officers, and
- How Antioch supports its students in becoming stronger “thinkers” and “doers”.
Mark Corkery, College Advance
“The way to get into college today is to show you’re different.”
Our first interview in this series is with Mark Corkery, Head College Counselor at College Advance. Mark assists both traditional students and homeschooled students with the college admissions process and, in this interview, provides helpful insights into the college admissions process for homeschoolers based upon decades of experience in higher education and college advising. Specifically, he talks about:
- What information college admissions officers must have from homeschooled students,
- Particular challenges and decisions homeschooled students face (and how to deal with them),
- How to be competitive for college scholarships, and
- How to make sure you stand out amongst other candidates.
There are several links and resources mentioned during the conversation, including:
- University of California Admissions Requirements
- University of Oregon Admissions Requirements
- List of Colleges and University That Do Not Require SAT/ACT Tests
- Directory of Merit Scholarships
- College Savings Tools and Calculators