How do colleges view homeschooled applicants?

Hey everyone! I'm a homeschooled junior and I'm wondering how colleges view applicants like me. Are there any specific things I should focus on or be aware of during the application process? Thanks for your help!

7 months ago

Hi there! My child went through the college application process not too long ago, and we did a lot of research on how colleges view homeschooled applicants. Generally speaking, colleges are quite open to homeschooled students, and many even have dedicated admissions staff to help with the process. However, there are a few things you should be aware of and focus on during your application journey.

First, make sure to have a strong, well-rounded transcript that showcases your academic abilities and rigor. If you've taken any standardized tests like the SAT or ACT, those scores can be helpful in demonstrating your academic skills as well. Additionally, consider taking some AP exams or community college courses to show your ability to handle college-level coursework.

Next, focus on your extracurricular activities. Colleges look for students who have a variety of interests and experiences, so make sure to highlight any clubs, volunteer work, or other activities you've been involved in.

Lastly, don't forget about the importance of a solid college essay and strong letters of recommendation. The essay is your chance to tell your unique story and show the admissions committee who you are beyond your academic achievements. Good luck with your application process!

7 months ago
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Duke University
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Your chancing factors
Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


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