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Admissions Policies for Homeschooled Students

In our project to track policy language about the use of AP scores, we found many references to specific requirements or recommendations for homeschooled applicants.

We reviewed the policy language from 150 top schools in the US, and found that about 20% explicitly encourage the submission of AP scores for holistic review in the context of homeschool applicants (or applicants who attended a non-accredited high school). About 15% recommend or require an SAT or ACT result for those applicants. A few (less than 5%) of these schools recommend or require the Subject Tests, and we expect those policies to be updated to reference APs now that Subject Tests have been cancelled for more than a year.

About 40% of these schools give some other sort of guidance without mentioning APs or SAT/ACT (this usually pertains to additional letters of recommendation and/or transcript submission).

The remaining about 20% don’t seem to have any guidance for homeschool applicants. We believe this will change in coming cycles and plan to continue to update this resource. The policies are cataloged here:

SchoolHome School PolicyLanguage
American UniversityNo mention of APsAmerican University (AU) welcomes applications from home-schooled students. Home-schooled applicants are considered equally to students with more traditional schooling for admission, scholarships and entrance into the AU Honors Program.
Amherst CollegeNo mention of APsGiven the variety of preparations among homeschooled students, Amherst's evaluation of such students is conducted on a case-by-case basis. Amherst uses the Common Application or the Coalition Application for first-year applicants, including the all related school forms included as part of those applications.
Auburn UniversityNo mention of APsApplicants who complete their high school education through a home school program must meet all regular AU admissions standards. This includes the completion of the core courses required for all freshmen students who enter AU. Particularly, science courses must have a documented lab component.

Each home school applicant will be given an individual review by the appropriate advisor. Home school applicants are asked to complete no more and no less than any other applicant.
Barnard CollegeNo mention of APsBarnard welcomes applications from homeschooled students. Homeschooled applicants follow the same guidelines as all other applicants with the following exceptions to the transcript and letters of recommendation.
Bates CollegeNo mention of APsAligned with its historical mission of recruiting applicants of various backgrounds, Bates College welcomes home-schooled students to apply for admission. In order to properly understand your academic history and preparation for the Bates classroom, the Office of Admission asks that the following material supplement your application:
Baylor UniversitySAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredHome-school students are required to submit standardized test scores with their application. You may submit test scores from either the Classic Learning Test (CLT), SAT or ACT exam.
Binghamton University—SUNYEncouragedWe recognize that each home school experience is different and encourage you to submit supplemental items that support your application and provide the Admissions Committee with additional information to measure your ability in different areas. If applicable, please submit:

High school transcript(s) for any coursework completed or in-progress
College transcript(s) for any coursework completed or in-progress
Official score reports for AP and/or IB exams
Indication of participation in a college or research summer program (this may be noted on your application)
Boston CollegeEncouragedWhile Boston College will be test optional for the 2021-2022 admission cycle, we encourage homeschooled students to submit any available testing results.

Testing options include, but are not be limited to the SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, Advanced Placement (AP) exams, and predicted test scores for the International Baccalaureate (IB). Students who have taken college coursework during high school should provide these grades on official transcripts to demonstrate their academic success and preparedness.
Boston UniversityNo mention of APsAlong with their applications, home school students should submit as much information as possible describing their curriculum, which may include course descriptions, texts read, and skill levels completed. While these are not requirements, this information can be very helpful to the Board of Admissions as we examine a student’s ability in the five academic areas of math, science, social science, English, and foreign language.
Bowdoin CollegeSAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredAdditional Academic Requirement
Homeschool applicants must submit either a graded paper or lab assignment -or- standardized test scores in addition to their other application materials.

Graded paper or lab assignment: Must be between three and five pages in length. Please ensure written feedback and grading metrics are included in this submission. Materials can be submitted through the application platform as “additional information” or forwarded to appmaterials@bowdoin.edu.
Standardized test scores: Must include results from either the ACT or SAT. Bowdoin superscores test results for either examination and allows students to self-report their scores in the admissions process. Students who choose to matriculate will be required to submit verified test results.
Brandeis UniversitySame as all other applicants—can be part of required testingConsistent with recommendations from the National Association for College Admissions Counseling, all applicants can apply under our test-optional policy. This includes homeschooled applicants, candidates applying from secondary schools that provide written evaluations rather than grades, candidates attending online/virtual high schools and GED recipients.
Brigham Young University—ProvoSAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredIf you have already completed your state requirements for high school completion or have taken a GED or state recognized high school equivalency exam and have completed college course work after that date, you may apply as a transfer applicant. If you have not completed sufficient accredited high school work or have not completed 24 graded college credits, you will be required to take an ACT or SAT exam.
Brown UniversityEncouragedIn addition to the requirements common to all applicants, you may submit the results of supplementary standardized tests such as AP or IB scores. We will also accept an additional letter of recommendation beyond those required from your counselor (or another school official) and two teachers, but we ask that supplementary recommendations be from someone other than your parents, your immediate relatives or a tutor in the paid employ of your family. Please also include a detailed syllabus on your program of study.
Bryn Mawr CollegeNo mention of APsStudents who have pursued a secondary education outside a traditionally accredited curriculum, including homeschool and cyber school, are welcome to apply to Bryn Mawr with the addition of the following application materials.
Bucknell UniversitySAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredHome-schooled applicants submit the same application and testing as other students, but we require additional writing samples as well as SAT or ACT scores.
California Institute of TechnologyEncouragedThe required high school preparation for Caltech is the same for students of all academic backgrounds. In particular, it is important that you demonstrate that you have completed at least one full year each of rigorous courses in calculus, physics, and chemistry, all with a high level of achievement. Depending on your experience and the transcript that you present, it may be necessary for you to attach additional explanations of your coursework. If you are unable to provide an evaluation of your academic work that allows for a comparison of your level of achievement to a cohort of other students, you may want to consider taking Advanced Placement Exams to show your mastery of material.
Carleton CollegeNo Homeschool Guidance
Carnegie Mellon UniversityNo mention of APsYou should submit an academic portfolio or transcript that’s consistent with your state’s guidelines and a list of all textbooks used.
Case Western Reserve UniversityNo mention of APsIf no transcript is available, provide a detailed syllabus of topics studies and books used
Provide at least two letters of recommendation from outside instructors or employers (in place of teacher and counselor recommendations)
Claremont McKenna CollegeNo mention of APsAll homeschooled students should follow the application instructions for first-year applicants to apply for admission. Homeschooled applicants are also required to submit the following documentation to assist us in understanding your educational journey.
Clemson UniversityNo Homeschool Guidance
Colby CollegeNo Homeschool Guidance
Colgate UniversityNo Homeschool Guidance
College of the Holy CrossNo Homeschool Guidance
College of William and MaryEncouragedSome homeschool students who have not taken any—or very few—Advanced Placement or dual-enrollment college courses would likely benefit from providing test scores. This may include any SAT/ACT scores, SAT subject scores, Advanced Placement exam scores or a combination of the above.
Colorado CollegeNo mention of APsWe accept, but do not require either an SAT or an ACT score from students attending secondary schools offering written evaluations without accompanying grades. These test scores provide some general, national comparisons. You can read more about our test optional policy below.
Colorado School of MinesNo mention of APsIf you are home schooled, we will review you as we would review any other applicant, taking an holistic approach and reviewing all materials in their entirety. We may reach out via email if any questions arise about your coursework.
Columbia UniversityEncouragedHomeschooled students should follow our Required Standardized Testing policy for the necessary tests. If you have a specific area of academic interest, you may wish to submit Advanced Placement Test scores in that area of interest, if available. Test scores can assist the Admissions Committee in evaluating content knowledge and mastery in individual disciplines.
Connecticut CollegeNo mention of APsIf you are a home-schooled student, we welcome your application to Connecticut College. There are a few things you should keep in mind when you are submitting your application.
Cornell UniversityNo Homeschool Guidance
Dartmouth CollegeEncouragedAs with all other applicants to Dartmouth, home schooled students should apply using the Common App. Standardized test scores can help to demonstrate academic preparation. We ask your home school supervisor to submit additional information on curriculum, grading scale, and evaluation. Dartmouth receives many applications from home school students, and our holistic review process means we consider each applicant within the context of their educational environment, community, and opportunities.
Davidson CollegeSAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredWe recommend that home-schooled applicants and candidates applying from non-traditional schools submit either ACT or SAT test results, though they are not required. We do ask that all recommendations come from non-family members and that detailed syllabi or programs of instruction are provided as part of the application.
Denison UniversityNo Homeschool Guidance
DePauw UniversitySAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredHomeschool students cannot apply as a test-optional candidate. Any student who wishes to apply for an Honor Scholar or Fellows program must submit test scores for each program’s application.
Dickinson CollegeNo mention of APsSubmission of SAT 1 or ACT scores (optional for admission)
Duke UniversityEncouragedThe standardized testing requirements are the same for all Duke applicants.
We encourage homeschooled students to submit AP test and/or additional SAT subject results in the absence of grades to demonstrate additional evidence.
Elon UniversitySAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredWhile admission to the university does not require an SAT or ACT, Nursing, Accelerated Pathways to PA and DPT and the Accelerated 3+1 Business Dual-Degree programs are highly selective and require standardized test scores for admission and scholarship consideration. Nursing applicants must have a minimum SAT score of 1100 and ACT 22.

Home-schooled applicants and students attending U.S. high schools that do not issue letter grades are required to submit standardized test scores for admission and scholarship consideration.
Emory UniversityEncouragedIn addition to meeting all of first-year admission requirements, it is recommended that homeschooled applicants also submit:

Scores from the SAT or ACT. Other testing, such as AP or SAT II Subject Tests in the subjects of the student's choosing can be helpful. Students can submit any combination of AP or SAT II scores. Scores can be self-reported or official.
One letter of recommendation from someone other than a family member.
An explanation of the student’s curriculum.
Florida State UniversitySAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredHome-Education applicants must complete the SSAR, while students earning a GED must submit official GED results along with an official, partial high school transcript. In addition, all applicants must submit at least one ACT and/or SAT test score by the application deadline to be considered for admission. First-Year admission is a holistic and selective process, and no single criterion guarantees admission to our university.
Fordham UniversityNo mention of APsSAT or ACT scores (SAT code: 2259; ACT code: 2748). We are test-optional for the 2020-2021 application cycle. Please review our additional guidance on test score submission.
Franklin and Marshall CollegeSAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredFor home-schooled applicants F&M requires students to submit either their SAT or ACT scores. You may supply these test scores in a number of ways, including:
Furman UniversityNo mention of APsIf you are a home-schooled student, we ask that you participate in a phone interview with Maggie Murphy, our Home-School Student Coordinator. Interviews allow us the opportunity to better understand the curriculum and opportunities available to you. Please submit your Common Application or Coalition Application before you request an interview.
George Washington UniversitySAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredAlong with the Common Application and letters of recommendation, homeschool students are required to submit the SAT or ACT and a transcript of courses taken to complete the high school diploma requirements. The Office of Admissions will work with students to waive the Counselor Recommendation Form.
Georgetown UniversityNo Homeschool Guidance
Georgia Institute of TechnologyEncouragedWhile not required, one or more of the following items are particularly helpful in our assessment of achievement and excellence in math, foreign language, social studies/social science and lab science:

Previous college coursework
AP/IB test scores
Gonzaga UniversitySAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredGonzaga University admission is “test optional”, meaning it is not required to submit an SAT or ACT score. There are two important notes on this policy:

Homeschooled students with less than 30 semester or 45 quarter college credits must submit an SAT or ACT.
International students are required to submit a test score to demonstrate English proficiency through TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, iTEP, SAT, or ACT.
Grinnell CollegePossibly EncouragedIf you were home-schooled, you will have the same application requirements as all other first-year applicants. We welcome additional materials if you feel they will help us to better understand your academic preparation. These materials may include SAT Subject Tests, reading lists, a copy of your home-school curriculum, or additional letters of recommendation.
Hamilton CollegeNo mention of APsLike all candidates for admission to Hamilton, home schoolers have the option of submitting scores from nationally recognized standardized tests.
Harvard CollegeNo mention of APsEach applicant to Harvard College is considered with great care and homeschooled applicants are treated the same as all other applicants. There is no special process, but all relevant information about your educational and personal background is welcome. In addition to the application, all applicants are required to submit a transcript (you may create your own), and recommendations.
Harvey Mudd CollegeNo mention of APsAs a home-schooled student, your application process and requirements are the same as any other first-year applicant to the College. The process begins by completing the Common Application or Coalition Application.
Haverford CollegeNo Homeschool Guidance
Hillsdale CollegeNo mention of APsAny transcripts submitted by a student’s parent or homeschool co-op should include course titles, number of credits, and the grades received. Cumulative GPA should also be included.
Howard UniversityNo mention of APsHome-school students follow the same admission criteria as all other first year applicants. A coach, community leader, supervisor, or any other reputable individual who can attest to your personal and academic potential may submit your second letter of recommendation.
Indiana University—BloomingtonNo mention of APsWe individually evaluate homeschooled students on the same basis as students from public and private schools, using the same academic standards. The most important factors we consider are:

Curriculum (academic coursework)
Transcripts (grades and cumulative GPA)
SAT and/or ACT scores, if applicable (IU is test-optional)
Application essay
Johns Hopkins UniversityNo mention of APsThe overall admission requirements are the same. The secondary school report for home-schooled applicants must include a summary of the home-schooling program, a complete transcript with course descriptions, bibliography of textbooks, description of evaluation methods, and the actual grades and evaluations.
Kenyon CollegePossibly EncouragedIf you were home-schooled, you will have the same application requirements as all other first-year applicants. We require that one letter of recommendation must be written by an individual not related to the student who can provide a meaningful evaluation of the student’s academic and personal characteristics. We welcome additional materials if you feel they will help us to better understand your academic preparation. Additional materials may include a detailed syllabus of your course of study, SAT Subject Tests, reading lists, or additional letters of recommendation.
Lafayette CollegeNo mention of APsFor applicants applying to Lafayette in the 2021-22 academic year, the submission of standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) is optional. Self-reported scores via the Common Application, official score reports, copies/images of official score reports, and/or scores listed on official transcripts are accepted.
Lehigh UniversityNo Homeschool Guidance
Loyola Marymount UniversityNo mention of APsA copy of a secondary school completion credential for homeschool (other than a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent) if state law requires homeschooled students to obtain that credential.
Macalester CollegeSAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredWe recommend that home-schooled applicants and candidates applying from secondary schools that provide written evaluations rather than grades submit either the ACT or SAT test results.
Marquette UniversityNo mention of APsHomeschool applicants should follow all requirements of regular freshman applicants. However, students schooled at home must provide detailed transcript information and may be required to interview with the admission staff.
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyNo mention of APsWe do not have separate requirements for homeschooled applicants. Homeschooled applicants, like all of our applicants, are considered within their context, which includes schooling choice, family situation, geographic location, resources, opportunities, and challenges.

However, we do have some qualities we look for in for homeschooled students, based on successful applicants we have admitted in the past.
Michigan State UniversityNo mention of APsMSU welcomes home school applicants and reviews each application using the same admission criteria used for traditional high school students. Home school students are required to submit all of the application materials listed above, including a transcript. Although the transcript of a home school student may be different than that of a traditional high school student, it should list all courses (including those in progress) from ninth to 12th grade and the time frame (year and semester) of each course. In addition, an assessment of performance (a letter grade, percentage, etc.) is needed. Occasionally, home school applicants are asked to submit additional information describing curriculum or texts used.
Middlebury CollegeNo Homeschool Guidance
Mount Holyoke CollegeEncouragedAlthough we are a test-optional institution, standardized test submission in the form of the SAT, ACT, or 2 SAT subject tests is required for home-schooled applicants who have pursued a self-study or online curriculum exclusively. The testing requirement can be waived (on an individual basis) when a student has completed Advanced Placement exams or college-level coursework. We advise home-schooled candidates to contact the admission office for more details about the testing policy and the application process in general.

Please note: SAT subject tests are discontinued as of January 2021.
New York UniversitySame as all other applicants—can be part of optional testing—Encouraged for artsHome schooled applicants and applicants applying from schools with narrative evaluations to programs that require an audition or portfolio (in our Steinhardt School and Tisch School of the Arts) may notice that testing is not required for these programs. The admissions committee, however, strongly advises these applicants to still submit testing if they want to increase their competitiveness for admission to these artistic programs.

Home schooled applicants wishing to submit predicted examination scores in order to satisfy NYU's standardized testing requirement are advised to contact our office directly before applying.
North Carolina State University—RaleighNo mention of APsWhat needs to be included on a transcript for home-schooled student?
Transcripts for home-schooled students should include the following items:
Northeastern UniversityNo mention of APsAt Northeastern, we understand that homeschool applicants come from a variety of academic backgrounds and structures, and carefully consider every element of the application through our holistic review. In order to best consider our homeschool applicants, we require additional documents that provide an in-depth look at your individual homeschool experience. Please see a list of these additional requirements below.
Northwestern UniversityNo Homeschool Guidance
Oberlin CollegeNo mention of APsHomeschooled applicants should follow the same application procedures and submit the same materials as other students, with a few exceptions outlined below.
Occidental CollegeEncouragedExternal assessments can also be extremely beneficial in assessing your academic preparation. In addition to SAT or ACT results, you should consider submitting SAT II results, AP results, transcripts of college courses, and/or GED results.
Ohio State University—ColumbusSAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredHome-schooled applicants must submit an approved “excuse from attendance” verification (or equivalent) provided by a local school district or state official. Alternatively, Columbus campus applicants may submit ACT or SAT scores instead.
Pennsylvania State University—University ParkSAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredBelow are the basic admission requirements for all applicants, though depending on the major you choose, you may have to fulfill additional requirements.

Academic coursework prerequisites
Level of achievement (grade-point average)
Standardized tests (SAT or ACT)
Proof of graduation: Final high school transcript with a school administrator signature and indication of a graduation date.
Pepperdine UniversitySAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredDue to the variance of home-school curriculum across the nation, although it is not required, we highly recommend that home-schooled students submit an SAT I or ACT score.
Pitzer CollegeNo Homeschool Guidance
Pomona CollegeNo Homeschool Guidance
Princeton UniversityEncouragedIf you sat for an AP or IB test, we recommend that you self-report all of your AP or IB scores on your application. For those who do submit standardized test scores, you must submit your SAT and/or ACT scores to Princeton directly from the testing firms.
Purdue University—West LafayetteNo mention of APsEnrolling homeschooled students also must provide official transcripts with coursework and grades earned.
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteNo mention of APsAs a home-schooled student, you’ll be treated just like any other applicant to Rensselaer.

To fulfill the transcript requirement, you should submit any official transcripts from your high school years (a recognized home school clearing house program, if you’ve attended a traditional high school program for part of your HS career, or if you’ve taken any college-level courses).

You’re encouraged to submit a detailed roster of all academic course work at the secondary level with supporting documentation attached. Also, we’ll need a recommendation from someone other than your parent(s).
Rice UniversityNo mention of APsHomeschooled students have the same application requirements and review process as all first year applicants, and are expected to complete the same curriculum requirements as students from traditional high schools. To ensure our evaluation process is fully informed, each homeschooled applicant is encouraged to provide clear, detailed documentation of their curriculum, assessment tools and learning experiences.
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey—NewarkNo Homeschool Guidance
Santa Clara UniversityNo Homeschool Guidance
Scripps CollegeNo mention of APsScripps College welcomes applications from homeschooled students. We are committed to a holistic and thorough review of each application. When evaluating applications, admission officers carefully consider the following factors: academic program and performance, standardized test scores, personal essay, recommendations, and co-curricular activities. If possible, an interview can be helpful to understand your reasons for homeschooling and your homeschool philosophy/structure.
Skidmore CollegeSAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredThe college will, however, continue to require standardized testing (SAT or ACT) for the following populations of applicants: International students other than those who have attended an English-language-based school for at least three years (see policy below), homeschooled students, and students attending secondary schools offering written evaluations without accompanying grades. Applicants for the Porter/Wachenheim Presidential Scholarship in Science and Mathematics are encouraged to submit SAT/ACT and any SAT subject tests in math and science.
Smith CollegeNo mention of APsBeyond meeting standard requirements, we like to see applicants who pursue academic interests in greater depth. Occasionally students apply to Smith before completing high school, or they may have been schooled in a nontraditional way, such as home schooling. In either case, a high school diploma is not required.
Soka University of AmericaNo mention of APsIt is recommended that you contact one of our admission counselors to learn about specific steps in your Admission process. Homeschool students will generally follow the same admission checklist as first-year students or first-year international students.
Southern Methodist UniversityEncouragedDual-Credit & AP/IB/SAT II Exams
Many home-schooled applicants challenge themselves by taking dual-credit courses from local accredited colleges or recommended standardized exams. Because each homeschool experience is different, SAT II subject test and/or AP/IB scores and college-level courses can provide the committee with an additional measure of your ability in core academic subject areas such as English literature, math, and science.
Stanford UniversityEncouragedWe welcome SAT Subject Test, AP and/or IB exam scores from home-schooled students as an additional measure of academic preparation.
Stevens Institute of TechnologyNo mention of APsTo apply as a homeschool applicant, follow the same steps to apply as all Stevens first-year applicants. You do not have to present an equivalency diploma when you apply but if you are admitted, you will need to present proof of graduation before you enroll. Proof can be:

A homeschool diploma
A certificate of completion considered the equivalent of a high school diploma in your home state
Results from a GED or high school diploma equivalency test
Stony Brook University—SUNYNo mention of APsStony Brook University is happy to accept and review applications from students who have been home-schooled. Home-schooled students comprise a small yet growing percentage of our applicant pool. As home schooling is typically a more holistic educational experience than traditional high school programs, we require that students follow the format for home schooling as outlined in the NYS Commissioner of Education's Regulations-Section 100.10.
Swarthmore CollegeEncouragedAP, IB, and other examination scores are also optional in our process. Please think carefully on whether you want to share these results with us in your application. You will not have the option to suppress these examination scores, so if you submit them, we may use them in our review process. SAT subject tests will automatically be suppressed for students applying for fall 2021. Please read our Standardized Testing Policy for more details. Essay requirements are the same for all our applicants, but homeschooled students are encouraged to submit an additional short essay that describes the reasons for homeschooling and the benefits and/or disadvantages to the applicant.
Syracuse UniversitySAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredAlong with a completed application and application fee, you are required to submit all three of the below:

Transcripts or the equivalent, signed by the parent, guardian, or homeschool instructor, that lists the secondary school courses completed by the applicant for grades 9-12 and the student’s performance in each course. If you did attend high school at any time please have the school send your transcript for coursework completed.
SAT 1 or ACT. Syracuse University does not require the writing section for either exam.
Texas A&M University—College StationNo mention of APsHomeschool students will need a high school transcript in hand in order to complete the SRAR. Your homeschool administrator, probably your parent, should provide you with a high school transcript which very likely will list the college courses in place of a high school course.
Texas Christian UniversityNo Homeschool Guidance
Thomas Aquinas CollegeNo Homeschool Guidance
Trinity College (Hartford)No Homeschool Guidance
Tufts UniversityNo Homeschool Guidance
Tulane UniversityNo mention of APsMany admitted home-schooled students have taken advanced classes outside the homeschool environment such as dual enrollment courses at a local college. If dual enrollment college courses have been completed or are in progress, the college transcript should be sent to us along with the homeschool high school transcript.
Union College (Schenectady, NY)SAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredHomeschooled students are required to submit an SAT or ACT official score report.
United States Air Force AcademySAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredIn the absence of graded coursework completed at a public or private high school, we place greater weight on standardized ACT and SAT scores. Familiarize yourself with the scores we look for and review all college admissions testing options. For more details, see the Academic Requirements admissions factor.
United States Military Academy—West PointNo Homeschool Guidance
United States Naval AcademyNo mention of APsHome-schooled students make up a small but increasing number of applicants for admission to the United States Naval Academy. There are no additional requirements for home scholars, but in light of the fact that it is sometimes more challenging to review non-traditional records, we offer the following guidelines to assist in preparing and competing for an appointment.
University at Buffalo—SUNYNo Homeschool Guidance
University of California—BerkeleyNo mention of APsMany home-schooled students have been admitted to UC, and are successful and vibrant members of our community.
If you’re completing high school through home schooling, you have a few options for meeting UC admission requirements, depending on your situation.
University of California—DavisNo mention of APsMany home-schooled students have been admitted to UC, and are successful and vibrant members of our community.
If you’re completing high school through home schooling, you have a few options for meeting UC admission requirements, depending on your situation.
University of California—IrvineNo mention of APsMany home-schooled students have been admitted to UC, and are successful and vibrant members of our community.
If you’re completing high school through home schooling, you have a few options for meeting UC admission requirements, depending on your situation.
University of California—Los AngelesNo mention of APsMany home-schooled students have been admitted to UC, and are successful and vibrant members of our community.
If you’re completing high school through home schooling, you have a few options for meeting UC admission requirements, depending on your situation.
University of California—MercedNo mention of APsMany home-schooled students have been admitted to UC, and are successful and vibrant members of our community.
If you’re completing high school through home schooling, you have a few options for meeting UC admission requirements, depending on your situation.
University of California—RiversideNo mention of APsMany home-schooled students have been admitted to UC, and are successful and vibrant members of our community.
If you’re completing high school through home schooling, you have a few options for meeting UC admission requirements, depending on your situation.
University of California—San DiegoNo mention of APsMany home-schooled students have been admitted to UC, and are successful and vibrant members of our community.
If you’re completing high school through home schooling, you have a few options for meeting UC admission requirements, depending on your situation.
University of California—Santa BarbaraNo mention of APsMany home-schooled students have been admitted to UC, and are successful and vibrant members of our community.
If you’re completing high school through home schooling, you have a few options for meeting UC admission requirements, depending on your situation.
University of ChicagoEncouragedIn addition to required application materials, successful home-schooled applicants often submit supplemental information such as:

SAT Subject Test scores
AP scores
Reading lists
Supplementary recommendations (from a community college instructor, independent tutor, employer, youth leader, etc.)
Extracurricular projects such as artwork, a research abstract, or writing
Schoolhouse.world certification
University of Colorado—BoulderNo Homeschool Guidance
University of ConnecticutNo mention of APsHome-schooled applicants are asked to submit transcripts and an outline of their academic curriculum. Please ensure that your outline is specific and comprehensive. Students should submit syllabi, a portfolio or learning log, standardized test scores (optional), and official college transcripts, if applicable. Please indicate whether the curriculum has been conducted under an accredited program. Documentation should verify that the home-school program meets the high school graduation requirements of the applicant's home town.
University of DelawareEncouragedHome-Schooled Applicants and Non-Accredited High Schools: For students who take the SAT or ACT and believe their scores reflect their academic potential, we recommend they submit their scores. Students who choose not to provide test scores are recommended to complete the supplemental questions. Any additional evidence of academic skills in areas related to your intended major, particularly if it is math and science intensive, will be important for you to provide. Such evidence may include scores on AP examinations, SAT Subject Tests, or other indications of your interest and ability to succeed in a challenging academic environment.
University of DenverNo mention of APsIf you're a home schooled student, you can use the application process listed above and you may apply to DU with or without SAT and/or ACT standardized test scores. However, you will need to submit a letter of recommendation from a non-family member.
University of FloridaEncouragedHomeschooled students or students at non-accredited schools are considered for admission using the same holistic review process applied to other freshman applicants. In addition to grades and ACT/SAT scores, students attending a homeschool or a non-accredited school are encouraged to take core classes and submit grades from an accredited secondary or post-secondary institution. While not required, students may also submit results from AP/IB tests for consideration.
University of GeorgiaEncouragedIf a student is home-educated or attends a non-accredited high school, he or she must demonstrate their academic ability through standardized test scores and/or accredited course work. The student must also be able to validate completion of all CPC subject areas through submission of the following:

Official scores from the SAT or ACT (for math and English only), SAT II, International Baccalaureate (IB) and/or Advanced Placement (AP) exams
Coursework for credit that appears on an official college or an accredited high school transcript
Upon completion of an application file with the required documentation, the University of Georgia will review the entire application file of a student who has been home-educated or who has attended a non-accredited high school. From the pool of academically qualified students, UGA will select the students who are most competitive for first-year admission.
University of Illinois—Urbana-ChampaignEncouragedYou can augment your homeschool experience with some more traditional schooling experiences, such as community or local college coursework or selected courses at a local high school. Taking Advanced Placement exams can confirm that you’re prepared and may also result in earning college credit.
University of IowaNo Homeschool Guidance
University of Maryland—College ParkSAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredYou should meet the same minimum high school course requirements expected of all applicants; your SAT and/or ACT scores will be strongly considered in the review of your application.
University of Massachusetts—AmherstEncouragedHome-schooled applicants, who are in an approved curriculum, are not required to submit a standardized test score. Learn more about our test-optional policy.

Home-schooled students who have completed AP exams and/or college coursework must request that those official score reports and transcripts be sent directly to the Admissions Office.
University of MiamiNo mention of APsIn addition to meeting all the first-year admission requirements, we also encourage home-schooled students to submit a comprehensive explanation of their curriculum.
University of Michigan—Ann ArborEncouragedIn addition to your home schooled transcript and your ACT or SAT score, we strongly encourage home-schooled and online students to submit subject tests, AP exam scores, or grades from an accredited secondary or post-secondary institution in the academic subjects required for admission. For admission into the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts we encourage submission of test scores or graded work in a natural science, social studies, and foreign language subject. The College of Engineering encourages test scores or graded work in calculus, chemistry, and physics. The School of Music, Theatre & Dance requires home-schooled students (including online high school students) to submit records of school progress and results from at least two SAT subject exams; AP exam results or official transcripts for dual enrollment work completed in an accredited college or university can be substituted for the SAT subject test.
University of Minnesota—Twin CitiesNo mention of APs
University of North Carolina—Chapel HillEncouragedIf your high school record lacks any of the units mentioned above or if you hold a GED, you may present at least one of the following to meet minimum eligibility for admission:

Complete at least 24 total transferable semester hours from an accredited college or university (excluding hours awarded by dual enrollment, AP, IB or other credit by exam); OR
Complete at least 24 total transferable semester hours from an accredited college or university (excluding hours awarded by AP, IB or other credit by exam) after receiving your GED or high school equivalency; OR
Be at least 21 years of age by the time you enroll in your first term at UNC.
University of Notre DameEncouragedIn addition to our standard application requirements, three SAT Subject Tests, one each in History, Foreign Language, and Science, are recommended for home-schooled applicants. Students may choose the exams they wish to take within these subject areas. If a home-schooled student has an AP exam in one of these subject areas, it can substitute for the SAT Subject Test.
University of PennsylvaniaEncouragedIt’s important that you submit a consolidated transcript that pulls together and organizes your academic work. If the name of a course isn't clear or needs further explanation, include a brief course description. Course listings, grading/rating scales, syllabi, lab work, reading lists, textbooks or historical/current information help enhance our understanding of your academic program.
Standardized test scores in subjects you wish to showcase may provide objective evidence and support for grades and ratings.
Recommendations and viewpoints provided by instructors from outside of your home provide objective evaluations and lend additional context to your academic work.
The Secondary School Report may be completed by a high school guidance counselor, homeschool program coordinator, curriculum advisor, or family and may include motivations for home schooling, description of curricula, etc.
University of PittsburghEncouragedWhile SAT/ACT scores are not required from first-year applicants participating in accredited home school programs, those applicants from unaccredited home school programs are strongly encouraged to submit test results. The Admissions Committee will be looking for alternative academic information such as previous college course work and grades or AP/IB exam scores for those applicants from unaccredited home school programs who opt not to submit SAT/ACT scores. Transfer applicants with home school educations who have completed more than one full year of college-level course work are not required to submit SAT/ACT scores.
University of RichmondEncouragedProvide evidence of your proficiency in history, natural science, and a second language. This requirement may be met through the results of college coursework or AP examinations. For first-year students entering in 2022, The University of Richmond is planning a temporary change in admission practice by providing a test optional admission path. However, standardized testing is recommended for students from non-traditional high schools if they have not taken classes that provide broader academic context, such as community college coursework. Standardized tests such as the ACT, SAT, Classic Learning Test (CLT), SAT Subject Tests, Advanced Placement Tests, and International Baccalaureate tests can help provide that context.
University of RochesterNo mention of APsTo supplement the basic application components, homeschooled students must submit a comprehensive description of their program of study, including:
University of San DiegoNo Homeschool Guidance
University of Southern CaliforniaEncouragedYes, the application process will be test-optional for home-schooled applicants as well. However, we find it helpful to have work that is externally graded or examined, so we recommend submitting either SAT/ACT results, AP exam results, transcripts from college courses or other accredited online schooling programs if possible...USC’s AP, IB and A-Level exam credit policies are thoroughly documented on our Registrar’s website.
University of Texas—AustinSAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredIn accordance with Texas Senate Bill 1543, applicants who present evidence of obtaining a non-traditional secondary education (for example, those who were home-schooled or earned a GED in lieu of a high school diploma) will be assigned a percentile rank comparable to the average class rank of students from traditional schools who have equivalent SAT or ACT test scores.
University of VirginiaNo Homeschool Guidance
University of Washington—SeattleSAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredScores from SAT or ACT are not required for 2022 applicants due to the lack of available testing sites in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. However, 2023 home-schooled applicants and applicants who do not have letter or numeric grades will be required to submit SAT or ACT scores.
University of Wisconsin—MadisonEncouragedAs UW–Madison receives applications from many highly qualified applicants every year, we look for students who have taken breadth and depth in the rigor of their high school coursework. Rigorous coursework would include any honors, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or dual enrollment courses the student has taken in English, social science, mathematics, science, and world language. Students are more than welcome to also take elective courses at a rigorous level to show their interest in a particular area of study; we like to see students explore their areas of passion whenever possible.
Vanderbilt UniversityNo mention of APsNo additional requirements are needed for homeschool applicants.
Vassar CollegePossibly EncouragedSAT Subject Tests are not required, and students opting not to send Subject Tests will not be penalized. However, SAT Subject Tests will be considered if submitted as part of a testing profile. Subject Tests may enhance an applicant’s credentials, particularly for applicants from non-traditional school backgrounds (homeschooled, non-graded schools, etc.). Note that a strong score on an SAT Subject Test is also one way to fulfill Vassar’s Foreign Language Proficiency requirement.
Villanova UniversityNo mention of APsNo, any applicant to Villanova, including homeschooled students, can choose to apply test-optional.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversitySAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredIn order to be competitive for admission to Virginia Tech, students from other than accredited schools (including home-schooled students whose programs are not accredited) must provide the following documentation for review by the admissions committee:

Application for admission
Application fee
Self-Report of the Academic Record (SRAR). This will include all coursework completed in high school
Grades (level of performance)
SAT and/or ACT test scores (Test Optional)
Wake Forest UniversityEncouragedHomeschooled students submitting all required documentation of the application will be considered. Additional documentation outlining the homeschool curriculum, including transcripts from courses taken outside the home and Advanced Placement or other standardized test scores are welcomed. A limited number of applicants may be admitted without the high school diploma, with particular attention given to ability, maturity, and motivation.
Washington and Lee UniversityEncouragedWe welcome applications from students pursuing their secondary studies in home-based or other non-traditional school settings. Because of the unique nature of each home-schooled student's curriculum, W&L requires additional materials to complete your application....Self-reported or official results on up to five SAT Subject Tests or AP Tests (optional, but strongly encouraged)
Washington University in St. LouisNo mention of APsStudents who come to Washington University have challenged themselves academically and personally during their high school years and are required to have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, including home-schooled students and students holding a GED. Most applicants take advantage of honors, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate, and/or Dual Enrollment courses, if offered by their high schools. The admissions review takes each applicant's individual context, circumstances, and opportunities into account.
Wellesley CollegeNo mention of APsYes, the policy applies to all students. It is strongly recommended that international students whose native language is not English, and who have been studying in English-based curriculum for fewer than five years, take one of our approved English proficiency exams
Wesleyan UniversityNo mention of APsHomeschool Supplement
(if applicable: only available on Common Application site)
Wesleyan encourages applicants to request that school forms be filed electronically via the Common Application website.
Whitman CollegeSAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredHomeschooled applicants and applicants from secondary schools that provide written evaluations rather than grades are strongly encouraged to submit ACT or SAT test results.

International applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an ACT or SAT test score when available. Also, Whitman College requires international applicants whose first language is not English to submit an official score report for either the TOEFL or IELTS.
Williams CollegeNo Homeschool Guidance
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteNo mention of APsIf you have registered for coursework at the college level, we would encourage you to send a copy of the college transcript to WPI as well as part of your admissions application review. Should you be offered admission and enroll, you would want to provide an official college transcript with final grades in order to be considered for transfer credit.
Yale UniversityNo mention of APsHome-schooled applicants complete the same application as other students and must fulfill the same requirements as all first-year applicants. There are a few areas of special consideration when the Admissions Committee evaluates home-schooled applicants:
Yeshiva UniversityNo Homeschool Guidance
Dulcie Head

Dulcie graduated with BAs in Physics and Geology from Pomona College and her PhD in Geophysics from Stanford. Dulcie started at Compass as a tutor and now uses her experience to help students and families navigate the admissions testing landscape in her role as senior director. In her spare time, Dulcie likes to read all sorts of fantasy and play with her two badly behaved cats.

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