If you are a homeschooled student, you might be wondering what the future holds for you in pursuing a college degree. Perhaps you are wondering if some colleges even accept homeschooled students or not. According to the Khan Academy, not only are homeschooled students accepted, but some admissions offices seek them out to attend their College or University.
Top Schools seek Top Talent
Regardless if you are schooled at home or you attended regular high school, top colleges want to have top students attend their institution. Some of the top schools openly accept homeschooled students, and you wouldn’t even know it.
Best Value Schools has a list of the top 50 value colleges for homeschooled students where names such as the University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth College, Stanford University, Arizona State University, and even Harvard (just to name a few) make the list.
These schools offer resources for advanced individuals who can succeed on their own, financial aid awards, different approaches and styles to education, and a list of other characteristics that homeschool students would be drawn to.
There is no evidence or research that shows any particular schools are better for homeschooled students. The general belief is that homeschooled students have the same options for school college application and attendance as traditional students. But it’s best to ask the schools you’re considering if they’re willing to accept homeschooled students.
Homeschoolers are a little more diverse
While some people and organizations may believe that homeschoolers are under-prepared for college, or won’t fit in, many colleges, groups, and researchers are finding quite the opposite. Here are some interesting findings that put homeschoolers at an advantage to their traditional schooling counterparts:
- The National Home Education Research Institute conducted a study in 2016 where they found homeschooled students scored 15-30 percentage points higher on standardized tests.
- Homeschoolers perform better in college, on average. They are generally more prepared for writing assignments, value their education, and are even more socialized because of their time to travel or engage in community activities while they completed their school.
- Overall, homeschool students perform very well in college and are very engaged within organizations, the community, and their classes.
There are many common myths and misconceptions about homeschooled students — they won’t be socially prepared, they don’t have access to quality education or they did not learn the right skills.
Go out there and prove them wrong! Focus on your studies, involve yourself in extracurricular activities, and prepare yourself for the SAT and college entrance exams. If you can complete all of that, you should be in great shape to attend the college of your choice.