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How do colleges evaluate homeschooled applicants?

Hi! I've been homeschooled throughout high school, and I'm wondering how colleges evaluate homeschooled applicants. Are there any specific things they look for? Do I need to provide additional materials compared to traditional high school students? Thanks for any guidance!

11 months ago

Hey there! My child went through the college application process not too long ago, and they were also homeschooled. Colleges understand that homeschooling can be quite different from a traditional high school experience, and they have methods to evaluate homeschooled applicants fairly. Here are some key points to consider:

1. Standardized Tests: Colleges may put more emphasis on your performance in standardized tests, such as the SAT or ACT, since it's a common way to compare students from different educational backgrounds. So, it's important to prepare well and aim for good scores.

2. Curriculum: Make sure to provide a detailed description of your homeschool curriculum, including the courses you've taken, textbooks used, and any learning objectives met. This will help colleges understand the rigor of your education.

3. Extracurricular Activities: Just like any other applicant, colleges will want to see your involvement in extracurricular activities, such as clubs, sports, or community service. This demonstrates your interests and character outside of academics.

4. Letters of Recommendation: You might need to submit more than the standard two letters of recommendation, as colleges may ask for additional letters from people outside your family, like tutors, coaches, or community leaders.

5. Portfolio: If applicable, consider submitting a portfolio of your work, showcasing your talents, accomplishments, and growth in specific areas.

I hope this helps, and best of luck with your college applications!

11 months ago

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