How Do Homeschooled Students Get Into College? Find Out With DoNotPay
How do homeschooled students get into college? If you want to homeschool your child, you’re probably wondering this. DoNotPay has prepared an article to answer your question and tell you whether the law is equal for both homeschoolers and their public school peers.
A popular myth is that homeschoolers aren’t accepted into colleges. The truth is that colleges don’t differentiate between homeschooled and other students. In fact, homeschooled students are sought after by some Ivy League Universities because they do just as well, if not better than their peers from public schools. This is because homeschoolers are:
- Motivated—Being taught the subjects they’re interested in and the curriculum based on their strengths and interests makes them highly motivated learners
- Social—Homeschoolers have more time to travel and participate in extracurricular activities, and they’re often more active in community events
- Hardworking—Some students start working early and get used to putting in a lot of effort and organizing their free time, work time, and homeschool hours
The application process for college is almost the same for homeschoolers and their peers from public schools. There are a few components that homeschooled students need to pay attention to, such as:
- Personal essays
- Letters of recommendation
- Standardized test scores
- School reports
- Extracurricular activities
Most colleges require you to write a personal essay. Homeschoolers should write essays on how homeschooling has benefitted them, where they have traveled, etc.
Colleges usually ask for a couple of letters of recommendation. They shouldn’t be written by homeschooling parents but rather by:
- Teachers from an institution other than the homeschool
- Friends who have graduated from college
Homeschoolers don’t need a GED or diploma as proof of high school graduation. What matters is that their curriculum was accredited and that they’ve met the state’s homeschool requirements. Apart from that, their parent or homeschool teacher needs to make a transcript, which consists of the following elements:
|Student information||This part needs to contain:
|General information||The following information needs to be stated here:
|Educational information||The educational information that needs to be stated is:
|Signatures||The parents and a school official, such as the superintendent of the homeschooler’s school district, need to sign the document|
Homeschoolers need to take SAT or ACT tests as they are mandatory for admission to most colleges. Standardized tests are used by the U.S. education system so all students, from the public, private, and homeschools, can be held to the same standard.
Homeschooling parents need to list the grades their child has received in each class they’ve taken. The school report should contain:
- GPA and grading scale explanation
- AP classes and test scores (if any)
Homeschoolers should list any extracurricular activities they’ve taken part in on their application. This might be playing in a band, acting in theaters, playing sports, etc.
There’s no definitive answer to this question, but you should keep in mind that the percentage of homeschoolers who attend college successfully is high. Homeschooling your child is also easier than ever across the States as you typically only need to withdraw your child from school and file a letter of intent to homeschool to get started. If you subscribe to DoNotPay, we will draw up a tailor-made letter and even forward it in your stead.
If you want to homeschool your child, you’ll have to submit a letter of intent to notify your school district superintendent. Instead of hiring expensive lawyers or writing it on your own, use DoNotPay and get this important document affordably and easily!
Here’s what you need to do:
- Sign up for DoNotPay
- Select our Letter of Intent to Homeschool tool
- Give us details on your child, yourself, and the homeschool plan you wish to use
- Tap on Submit
We’ll generate the letter instantly and then either send it to you in PDF form via email or forward it in your name.
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