Information for Parents Who Home School
The first important thing is to have your home-schooled child contact the admissions offices at the colleges that interest him or her.
Different colleges have different requirements for home-schooled students, so be prepared to tailor the application package for each school. Most admissions offices will be interested in the level and intensity of the course work your child has completed. Be sure to find out whether the college requires a transcript of completed courses. Sometimes, colleges request a list of the books used and any completed course materials. Your child’s GPA will probably not matter as much as factors such as entrance exam scores, personal essays, and interviews.
Many colleges find it useful to have a portfolio of the home-schooled student’s work. In addition to information such as grades and test scores, the portfolio might include writing samples, computer programming projects, awards, list of books read, newspaper clippings about volunteer work, etc.
In addition, your child might want to consider enrolling at a local community college. Some home-schoolers find community college a good way to “try out” a college environment and to build a record of courses and grades beyond the home transcript.
You and your child can learn more through networking with other home-schoolers who are applying or have been admitted to college.