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As a parent of a homeschooled high school student, you already know that some colleges place requirements on homeschool applicants than they do not ask of students who graduate from a public school or private school atmosphere.  These differences range from closer scrutiny of transcripts and credits gained from dual enrollment programs and AP programs to application and admission policies that vary slightly from policies related to students graduating from public and/or private schools.

The good news is that college admissions departments are generally very helpful, willing to assist homeschool students and parents on a one-on-one basis, and often have set up special web pages for homeschooled applicants.  As a parent of a college-bound homeschool student, you are your child’s guidance counselor and, as such, you can be a key figure in helping your student navigate the college application process.  Take the initiative to contact admissions counselors at each of your child’s “top choice” schools.  Research the potential for scholarships at each of your student’s top pick schools and, although it can be a labor intensive task, be sure to research other college options just in case the “top picks” don’t work out.

The good news is that college admissions departments are generally very helpful, willing to assist homeschool students and parents on a one-on-one basis, and often have set up special web pages for homeschooled applicants.  As a parent of a college-bound homeschool student, you are your child’s guidance counselor and, as such, you can be a key figure in helping your student navigate the college application process.  Take the initiative to contact admissions counselors at each of your child’s “top choice” schools.  Research the potential for scholarships at each of your student’s top pick schools and, although it can be a labor-intensive task, be sure to research other college options just in case the “top picks” don’t work out.

 

High School Transcripts

Despite the fact that homeschoolers are dedicated, motivated, excellent students, their high school transcripts are not usually accredited by an outside agency or authorized organization.  This puts some colleges and universities in a difficult position because, in order to maintain active standing with accrediting agencies, they feel compelled to impose extra transcript requirements on homeschooled students.  Fortunately, colleges are more frequently accepting parent-created transcripts that are well-prepared and accurate.  Be sure to contact your list of schools to inquire about specific transcript requirements and then be sure to follow the requirements to the letter.  Any deviations from required format may cost you precious time lost from the application process which may eliminate your child from timely admissions to their school of choice.

If you need help preparing a homeschool transcript, Global Student Network offers and free service with which you can create a transcript according to your individual homeschool experience.

 

AP Courses

Homeschoolers can take online AP courses to help in preparation for AP tests related to college admission.  Courses labeled as “AP” are reviewed and approved by the College Board™ and are recognized by colleges and universities whether they are taken by the public school or homeschool students.  Homeschool students interested in gaining college credit while in high school must physically take the actual AP exam offered in May of each calendar year through participating AP-approved schools.

Looking for AP courses you can take from home with an accredited institution? Visit International Virtual Learning Academy to learn more about AP courses taught by certified teachers.

 

Dual Enrollment

The first thing to remember is that dual enrollment opportunities and regulations vary from state-to-state, so be sure to fully understand your state’s requirements.  Depending on your state’s approach, dual enrollment programs can be used by both public and homeschool students to assist them in entering college at a more advanced level than if they hadn’t taken any college classes while still in high school.

Remember – most colleges offer very clear admissions policies for homeschooled students.  Checking out your college’s policies should answer any questions you might have about what will be required of your homeschool student as you assist them in applying to colleges.

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