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The whole process of preparing for college is overwhelming for any high school student. There is completing college-prep courses; the SAT/ACT to study for and take; searching for scholarships and other forms of financial assistance; and finding homeschool-friendly colleges. Whew! That is a lot. It is enough to make any student and parent lightheaded. The key to accomplishing all of this is to plan ahead and the sooner you get started the better. It won’t feel quite as overwhelming as it will be if you wait until your student is in the twelfth grade.
My focus in today’s article is to help you in locating homeschool-friendly colleges. First, it is good to know what makes a college homeschool friendly. Basically, it’s a college that gives a homeschool applicant the same respect as a public school applicant. Meaning the homeschool student does not have to jump through hoops to prove he or she is well educated. Thankfully, more and more colleges are seeing the value in home education and are increasingly seeking out homeschooled students.
Okay, let’s clear up any doubts you may have. You probably have come across individuals who question your child’s ability to attend college. Next time you are at a homeschool convention, take a look around at all those college booths. The representatives would not be there if they doubted whether homeschooled students will make it as one of their students.
Now, let’s look at the steps for finding those homeschool-friendly colleges.
- Start with having your child determine which colleges they have interest in attending. All right, let’s be honest. That is easier said than done. There are over 3,800 colleges to choose from. Yikes! Thankfully, the College Board is an excellent resource to help with narrowing down the choices.
Go to the Big Future by College Board web page. Have your child select and rank the options located in the left hand column. One of those options is whether your child wants to go to an in-state or out-of-state college. Another one is for selecting an area of study.
After saving the selections, a list of potential colleges will appear. You will notice there is a significant less amount of colleges to sift through. Yay!
- Narrow the options even further by having your student skim through and eliminate colleges he or she has no interest in attending. Those colleges might be ones from a certain geographical location or the size of the individual schools.
- Have your student select 5 or so colleges from the remaining list and move them to the My Colleges tab located towards the bottom of the page.
- Then click on each college to view its individual page. If a college is interesting to your child, have him or her go to the college’s website.
- Take some time to read through the college website. If your child’s interest is growing, it is time to determine if the college is homeschool friendly or not.
- Look for the admissions tab and select undergraduate. If you and your child see a homeschool student link, then you know the school is definitely homeschool friendly.
Some of the colleges will even offer a transcript template for you to complete. There also may be a contact person who assists homeschoolers with the admission process.
- Some of the college websites don’t make it as obvious as others. You will need to do a homeschool search. You may or may not find results. This doesn’t mean the college is not homeschool friendly. It may indicate the college considers homeschoolers to be the same as public school applicants.
If it is still difficult to find information about homeschool admission requirements, do a Google search for the name of the college and the word homeschool.
If that still doesn’t bring about results, it is time to contact an admission counselor and ask for the policy on admitting homeschooled students.
Here is a small list I found when searching for homeschool-friendly colleges:
Are you and your student at the point of looking for colleges? What homeschool-friendly colleges have you found?
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