Homeschooling for CollegeNavigating college admissions is confusing for all families, but those who are homeschooling for college often find the process to be even more daunting. However, there are more children being homeschooled than ever before; more than 2 million according to the National Home Education Research Institute. These students are going on to attend well-respected colleges and universities, and are even performing better than their traditionally-schooled peers. You don’t have to worry about not knowing the ins and outs of the admissions process—read on to find out important information to get your child admitted into a great school.
Historically, homeschooling for college has been an uphill battle in the college admissions process. However, changes to the Higher Education Act in 1998 began to turn the tide and it has since become much easier for homeschoolers to enter college. Before the act was passed, the guidelines issued by the federal government made it unclear to universities how their eligibility to receive federal funds would be affected by admitting homeschooled students. Then, in November 2003, the US Department of Education notified all schools that the admission of homeschooled students would not jeopardize federal assistance.
Currently, homeschooling admissions processes for both public and private schools are very similar. Even Ivy League schools are increasingly likely to admit homeschooled students. Marlyn E. McGrath, director of admissions at Harvard University, states, “We are looking for the strongest candidates in the world, and we find some of those among homeschoolers.”
It’s important to remember that many parents and their children successfully navigate the college admissions process. This site will help families learn what they should be doing in order to better prepare their homeschooled children for admission into their top choices.