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Admissions Policies for Homeschooled Students

By October 10, 2023January 5th, 2024Admissions, Advanced Placement
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 167 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 5% make no specific mention of different policies for homeschooled students but use AP scores as part of their holistic review for all students. 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 because Subject Tests have been cancelled since June 2021.

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 18% don’t seem to have any guidance for homeschool applicants. We hope this will change in coming cycles and plan to continue to update this resource. The policies are cataloged here:

SchoolHome School - AP PolicyHome School Policy Language
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.
Stanford UniversityEncouragedWe welcome SAT Subject Test, AP and/or IB exam scores from home-schooled students as an additional measure of academic preparation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Columbia UniversityEncouragedHomeschooled students should follow our Testing Policy. Advanced Placement (AP), SAT Subject Test and other optional subject-proficiency exams are not required by Columbia, but we will accept your results if you choose to submit them. While you will not be at a disadvantage in our admissions process should you choose not to take these optional tests or submit the results, your scores can assist the Committee on Admissions in evaluating content knowledge and mastery in individual disciplines.
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
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.
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 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 AP exam results or official transcripts for dual enrollment work completed in an accredited college or university.
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.
Emory UniversityEncouragedStudents who are homeschooled should follow the same application process as all first-year students.

Homeschooled applicants are students who have taken a substantial portion of their high school courses through a homeschool program or curriculum.

In 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.
University of RichmondEncouragedStandardized 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), Advanced Placement Tests, and International Baccalaureate tests can help provide that context.
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.
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.
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
Schoolhouse Certification (particularly in Calculus)
Mount Holyoke CollegeEncouragedAlthough we are a test-optional institution, standardized test submission in the form of the SAT or ACT 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.
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.
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.
Occidental CollegeEncouragedIs standardized testing required for students who have been homeschooled throughout high school?
We strongly recommend that external assessments be submitted for applicants who have been homeschooled for the entirety of high school. At least one of the following are strongly recommended: SAT, ACT, AP scores, IB exams, GCSE, IGCSE, and/or A-level results. Many homeschool students also choose to complete coursework at a local community college to demonstrate their success in a classroom setting.
Boston CollegeEncouragedDoes this policy apply to home-schooled students?

Yes. However, because the Admission Committee has little context in which to evaluate home-schooled students' academic results, standardized test results are extremely helpful to the Admission Committee. Home-schooled applicants are strongly encouraged to submit standardized test scores that allow us to put their applications in context with others in our pool. Other quantitative measures that students may also benefit from submitting include AP exam scores and/or college coursework. Official college transcripts should be submitted for all college courses completed.
Tufts UniversityEncouragedQ: I hear that some schools don't count honors/AP credits taken at home. Is that the case for Tufts?

A: No; if you tell us your course was at the honors/AP level, in most cases, we will take your word for it and count it accordingly. The best way to ensure that we count your AP courses at that level is to include your AP exam results with your application. We trust our students to give us a thorough and accurate depiction of their homeschool coursework.
Rutgers University—New BrunswickEncouragedStudents who are currently home-schooled should submit the Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR), which you may preview. Also, please submit an outline of your academic curriculum and indicate whether your schooling has been conducted under an accredited program. Home-schooled students must present a high school equivalency diploma or certificate. SAT or ACT scores are optional for 2023 applicants.
AP exam results may be submitted to show education attained in required areas.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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)
University of DelawareEncouragedFor fall 2024, submitting your standardized test scores is optional for all students, including those who are home-schooled or attending a non-accredited high school. If you choose to submit official scores, we accept both the SAT (code 5811) and ACT (code 0634).

We recommend providing any additional evidence of academic skills in areas related to your intended major, particularly if it is a math and/or science-intensive major. Such evidence may include scores on AP examinations, SAT Subject Tests, dual enrollment courses or other indications of your interest and ability to succeed in a challenging academic environment.
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey—NewarkEncouragedStudents who are currently home-schooled should submit the Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR), which you may preview. Also, please submit an outline of your academic curriculum and indicate whether your schooling has been conducted under an accredited program. Home-schooled students must present a high school equivalency diploma or certificate. SAT or ACT scores are optional for 2023 applicants.
AP exam results may be submitted to show education attained in required areas.
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.
Illinois Institute of TechnologyEncouragedLetters of recommendation are invited from a tutor or parent, but we also encourage one or two additional letters from employers, coaches, clergy, homeschool associations, or other community members
SAT II and AP scores will be reviewed if sent
Include official transcripts of any classes you may have taken at local high schools or colleges or through summer programs
If we feel we do not have enough information from which to evaluate an applicant, we may ask for a more detailed description of the individual's homeschool curriculum, possibly in the form of course descriptions or syllabi
Rutgers University—CamdenEncouragedStudents who are currently home-schooled should submit the Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR), which you may preview. Also, please submit an outline of your academic curriculum and indicate whether your schooling has been conducted under an accredited program. Home-schooled students must present a high school equivalency diploma or certificate. SAT or ACT scores are optional for 2023 applicants.
AP exam results may be submitted to show education attained in required areas.
Vassar CollegeNo Homeschool Guidance
Franklin and Marshall CollegeNo Homeschool Guidance
Skidmore CollegeNo Homeschool Guidance
Spelman CollegeNo Homeschool Guidance
Centre CollegeNo Homeschool Guidance
Principia CollegeNo Homeschool Guidance
Williams CollegeNo Homeschool Guidance
Pomona CollegeNo Homeschool Guidance
United States Military Academy - West PointNo Homeschool Guidance
Northwestern UniversityNo Homeschool Guidance
Carleton CollegeNo Homeschool Guidance
Middlebury CollegeNo Homeschool Guidance
Smith CollegeNo Homeschool Guidance
Haverford CollegeNo Homeschool Guidance
Colgate UniversityNo Homeschool Guidance
Georgetown UniversityNo Homeschool Guidance
Colby CollegeNo Homeschool Guidance
College of the Holy CrossNo Homeschool Guidance
Pitzer CollegeNo Homeschool Guidance
Denison UniversityNo Homeschool Guidance
Lehigh UniversityNo Homeschool Guidance
Santa Clara UniversityNo Homeschool Guidance
University at Buffalo - SUNYNo Homeschool Guidance
University of IowaNo Homeschool Guidance
Texas Christian UniversityNo Homeschool Guidance
University of San DiegoNo Homeschool Guidance
Yeshiva UniversityNo Homeschool Guidance
University of Colorado - BoulderNo Homeschool Guidance
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.
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.
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
California Institute of TechnologyNo mention of APsParents and students often ask our Admissions Officers how we evaluate homeschooled students. The application and review processes are the same for students from all academic backgrounds: we consider your application within the context of your high school experience. Every year, Caltech enrolls students who were homeschooled who engage deeply in our community and thrive in our academic curriculum.
Johns Hopkins UniversityNo mention of APsThe overall admissions 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.

Home-schooled applicants must meet the same high school curricular standard expected of all applicants. A letter of recommendation from an academic professional who is familiar with the individual applicant, other than the home-schooling teacher/parent/guardian, should be included with the application.
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.
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.
Wesleyan UniversityNo mention of APsHomeschooled students are welcome to submit applications via the Common Application or Apply Coalition, Powered by Scoir. Requirements such as counselor and teacher recommendations have been adapted to accommodate applicant's specific situation.

In addition to completing the application, we ask that applicants include the following as part of the School Report:
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—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.
Hamilton CollegeNo mention of APsLike all candidates for admission to Hamilton, home schoolers have the option of submitting scores from nationally recognized standardized tests.
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.
Rice UniversityNo mention of APsRice welcomes applications from students who have been homeschooled. Homeschooled 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. You are welcome to submit a curriculum description and list of educational texts and materials used.
University of Notre DameNo mention of APsIf you have any questions about applying as a home-schooled student, feel free to call the Admissions Office at (574) 631-7505.
Washington and Lee UniversityNo mention of APsAdditional Reqs. for Home-Schooled First-Year Applicants
Home-schooled applicants must submit all items listed above as part of the standard first-year application, plus the following:

A detailed description of your curriculum, including a list of texts utilized
If applicable, a listing of all high schools or colleges attended and official transcripts showing all courses completed and grades earned
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.
University of VirginiaNo mention of APsThe application prompts applicants to provide the information we need to make a decision.
Bates CollegeNo mention of APsAligned with our historical mission of recruiting applicants of various backgrounds, Bates welcomes students attending homeschool 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:
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.
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.
Lafayette CollegeNo mention of APsWe welcome and encourage applications from homeschooled students. As much as possible, they are required to submit the same materials for admission consideration as traditionally schooled students.
Bryn Mawr CollegeNo mention of APsHomeschool and Alternative Education applicants must submit these additional items with their application. We reserve the right to require an interview for students who are homeschooled, attending cyber school, or graduating early.
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—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.
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.
Hillsdale CollegeNo mention of APsApplicants who have been homeschooled through high school may submit a third letter of recommendation from their primary educator (even if your primary educator is a parent). The other letters should come from people who are not related to you, but can speak to your character, work ethic, and academic ability.
Trinity College (Hartford)No mention of APsWhat is the application procedure for homeschooled applicants?
We welcome application although other requirements such as the counselor and teacher recommendations may be adapted to accommodate an applicant's specific situation.
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.
Purdue University—West LafayetteNo mention of APsEnrolling homeschooled students also must provide official transcripts with coursework and grades earned.
Furman UniversityNo mention of APsIf you are a home-schooled student, or a student intending to graduate high school early, we ask that you participate in a required Zoom interview. Interviews allow us the opportunity to better understand the curriculum and opportunities available to you. Please submit your Common Application or Coalition/SCOIR Application before you request an interview.
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.
Dickinson CollegeNo mention of APsSubmission of SAT 1 or ACT scores (optional for admission)
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.
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.
The University of the SouthNo mention of APsApplicants will choose on the Common Application if they would like to submit SAT/ACT scores or apply test optional.
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)
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.Completed Homeschool Application Form
Academic portfolio and transcript consistent with state guidelines
Please provide grading rubric alongside transcript
University of Minnesota—Twin CitiesNo mention of APsIf I was homeschooled, should I complete the Academic Record form?
Yes, please complete the Academic Record form.
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.
University of ConnecticutNo mention of APsHome-schooled applicants are asked to provide equivalent instruction documentation of their academic curriculum. Please ensure that your outline is specific and comprehensive. Students should submit syllabi and transcripts, 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 homeschool program or any other accredited alternative program. Documentation should verify that the home-school program meets the applicant's local or state high school graduation requirements.
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.
Brandeis UniversityNo mention of APsA detailed description of your homeschool curriculum.
Identification of affiliation with a state or national homeschooling organization.
An interview with a Brandeis representative is recommended, but not required.
It is recommended that one letter of recommendation be from an outside teacher if coursework was taken beyond homeschool.
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).
North Carolina State University—RaleighNo mention of APsWhat needs to be included on a transcript for a home-schooled student?
Transcripts for home-schooled students should include the following items:

Name of home school, applicant's name, date of birth, expected graduation date or final graduation date
Name of each course taken in grades 9-12 (if they have attended the home school for all four years)
Any honors, AP or dual enrollment courses
If the student has taken dual enrollment courses, list the institution where the classes were taken.
Number of hours/units earned for each course, grades earned and a cumulative GPA
A grading scale
The transcript must be signed and dated by the home school administrator.
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.
University of California—MercedNo mention of APsIf you are a home-schooled student and you do not meet the traditional admission requirements you may still be considered for Admission by exception. Factors UC Merced considers in determining admission via an alternate path are discussed on the Selection Process page.
University of MiamiNo mention of APsStudents applying to the University of Miami must produce a transcript which includes course titles, content for each title, and an assessment of performance or grade. Additionally, course descriptions for each class, which include a summary of the course and texts used, must be submitted. Preferably, the courses completed at home are part of a curriculum developed and evaluated by a nationally recognized diploma-granting organization or agency or sponsoring public high school.

If you have taken classes outside of the home, those courses must be included and labeled on the transcript. An official transcript must be received from that institution.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
University of California—Santa CruzNo 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 Illinois—ChicagoNo mention of APsHome-schooled students. Must satisfy all of the above requirements. Acceptable transcripts for home-school students must include:
a list of all subjects/courses attempted by year.
grades and/or examination results received (both passing and failing).
maximum and minimum grades obtainable.
number of units earned.
Clemson UniversityNo mention of APsHome-educated/home-schooled students who have followed an academic curriculum designed after the U.S. system will need to complete the SRAR. If your academic curriculum does not follow the U.S. system, please email us for assistance at apply@admission.clemson.edu. If you have completed a GED, please complete the SRAR, and upload an unofficial copy of your GED certificate in either your Clemson admissions portal or the SRAR portal.
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.
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyNo mention of APsHome-schooled students should submit a summary transcript of the courses they have completed and the grades or level of achievement attained for each subject.
Fordham UniversityNo mention of APsSAT or ACT scores (SAT code: 2259; ACT code: 2748). We are test-optional for the 2023-2024 application cycle. Please review our additional guidance on test score submission.
Temple UniversityNo mention of APsStudents are required to provide a copy of their high school diploma, high school equivalency certificate (GED), or proof that the student has completed secondary school through homeschooling as defined by state law. Also acceptable as equivalent to a high school diploma; an associate degree, successful completion of at least 60 semester or trimester credit hours or 72 quarter credit hours that does not result in the awarding of an associate degree, but that is acceptable for full credit toward a bachelor's degree at any institution.
University of South FloridaNo mention of APsMany of USF's best students have completed home education programs. As a home-schooled student, you must meet the same admission criteria as your peers graduating from traditional high schools, including:

A Self-Reported Student Academic Record.
An official SAT, ACT or CLT score.
A portfolio or additional documentation may be requested if deemed necessary to complete an appropriate evaluation for admission.
Additional factors are also considered for home schooled students, such as strength of curriculum, grade trend, or dual enrollment GPA. Dual enrollment courses must be approved by the State University System to meet unit requirements.
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.
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.
Drexel UniversityNo mention of APsHomeschool applicants must provide the equivalent of a high school transcript with course or subject titles, duration of study for each title, content of study for each title, and an assessment of performance or grade. Additionally, applicants must submit course descriptions for each class detailing the content of study for each title, which should include a summary of the course and texts used. Preferably, the courses completed at home are part of a curriculum developed and evaluated by a nationally recognized diploma-granting organization or agency or sponsoring public high school.

If applicants have taken classes outside the home, these courses must be clearly labeled on the transcript. If the outside organization provides a transcript (for example, a virtual high school or community college), those transcripts must be submitted officially by that institution. We cannot accept copies of these transcripts sent by parents or students.
Rochester Insitute of TechnologyNo mention of APsRequired documentation for admission consideration:

An official homeschool transcript signed by your home school counselor/supervisor, including a detailed list of academic coursework and addendum with syllabi or course descriptions
In addition, please provide one or more of the following (all that are available):

A transcript from a recognized homeschool clearing house program
A transcript from a traditional high school program you attended for part of your high school career
Official high school equivalency results, such as GED, HiSET, or TASC
Documentation from your local school district indicating the student has met or is making progress towards high school graduation
An official college transcript
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.
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.
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.
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyNo mention of APs (holistic review for all applicants)We 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.
Harvard CollegeNo mention of APs (holistic review for all applicants)Each 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 (which can be created by the family member or agency overseeing your schooling), and recommendations. If the application fee presents a hardship for your family, simply request a fee waiver.
Yale UniversityNo mention of APs (holistic review for all applicants)The Committee will look closely at the list of subjects in a student's high school program, but Yale does not specify the number of years an applicant must spend on any particular subject. Admissions officers look for strength in all the major disciplines across the high school curriculum. Many home-schooled students pursue some coursework at a local college or high school; these grades and recommendations can be strong additions to an application.
Cornell UniversityNo mention of APs (holistic review for all applicants)Students who have been schooled at home are welcome to apply for admission to Cornell. Without an independent high school transcript, selection committees require additional information to evaluate the depth and variety of a student's experience....In addition, applicants should submit transcripts from any college course(s) they have completed, and review our standardized testing policies website.
Vanderbilt UniversityNo mention of APs (holistic review for all applicants)Optional: If the student has taken courses from a distance learning program, traditional secondary school, or institution of higher education, please list the course title and content, sponsoring institution, instruction setting and schedule, and frequency of interactions with instructors and fellow students (once per day, week, etc.). In addition, if the student has taken any standardized testing other than those listed on the application, please also describe below.
Washington University in St. LouisNo mention of APs (holistic review for all applicants)Admission to Washington University is both selective and competitive. The university receives applications from far more students than it is able to admit each year. Students 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.
University of California—San DiegoNo mention of APs (holistic review for all applicants)Many 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.
New York UniversityNo mention of APs (holistic review for all applicants)Home 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.
University of RochesterNo mention of APs (holistic review for all applicants)To supplement the basic application components, homeschooled students must submit a comprehensive description of their program of study, including syllabi and a description of instruction methods and assessments for laboratory sciences. Competitive homeschooled students have completed at least four years each of English, mathematics, and history/social studies, and three years each of science and a foreign language
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.
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.
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.
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.
Davidson CollegeSAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredWe encourage home-schooled students to contact the Admission Office prior to submitting an application. We 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.
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.
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.
Berea CollegeSAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredTo ensure we have sufficient information to make a decision, we still require test scores from some applicants. These applicants include:

Homeschooled students
GED recipients
Early high school grads
Students who are given non-traditional grades (e.g. narrative transcript)
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 Washington—SeattleSAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredHome-schooled applicants and applicants who come from schools with non-standard grading practices that do not have letter or numeric grades are still required to submit SAT or ACT scores. Exceptions include home-schooled applicants with at least one year of college coursework (i.e. Running Start)...No, AP scores are not used in the holistic review process.
The 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.
Union College (Schenectady, NY)SAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredHomeschooled students are required to submit an SAT or ACT official score report.
University of Maryland—College ParkSAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredIf you've been home-schooled, you should submit your completed UMD application and provide a transcript with the following: course descriptions, books used, methods of evaluation and grades received. You 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.
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.
DePauw UniversitySAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredHomeschool students cannot apply as a test-optional candidate.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversitySAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredIn order to be competitive for admission to Virginia Tech, students applying from educational backgrounds other than accredited schools (including home-schooled or home-educated students whose programs are not accredited) must provide the following documentation for review by the admissions committee:

Application for admission, including the non-refundable application fee
Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) that includes all coursework completed in high school
Grades/level of performance
SAT and/or ACT test scores, if choosing to have scores reviewed
St Olaf CollegeSAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredWe encourage homeschooled students and students with narrative transcripts to submit test scores.
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.
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)
Penn State will be test-optional through summer/fall 2025. First-year Penn State applicants are able to chose whether to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of their applications.

Proof of graduation: Final high school transcript with a school administrator signature and indication of a graduation date.
Villanova UniversitySAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredApplicants who are homeschooled students or who have been homeschooled for two or more full academic years in high school (this does not include virtual or online learning programs or applicants who had to learn remotely due to the pandemic) are required to submit SAT and/or ACT scores.
Syracuse UniversitySAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredHomeschooled prospective students applying to Syracuse University for undergraduate admission should be aware of the extra requirements to be considered for admission... SAT or ACT. Syracuse University does not require the writing section for either exam.
Spring/Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 note: Syracuse University remains test optional. Students who choose not to submit SAT/ACT test scores will not be disadvantaged and will remain eligible for admission and merit scholarships.

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.
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.
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.
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.
University of OregonSAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredThe University of Oregon welcomes applications from homeschooled students. Homeschooled applicants must meet the following requirements to be evaluated for admission. Meeting these requirements makes a homeschooled applicant eligible for admission consideration through our holistic process.

Complete the application for admission, being sure to list homeschool as a current/previous school attended. You should list this even if only part of your high school record was earned through homeschool study. Like all other freshman applicants, homeschooled students should submit a self-reported transcript.
Demonstrate second language proficiency.
Applications are strengthened in one of the following ways:

Completion of 12 or more college credits from a regionally accredited college or university.
Submission of SAT or ACT scores.
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.
Elon UniversitySAT/ACT Recommended/RequiredWhile admission to the university does not require an SAT or ACT, the North Carolina Board of Nursing requires standardized tests for direct Nursing admissions. Nursing applicants must have a minimum SAT score of 1100 or ACT 22.

Home-schooled applicants are required to submit standardized test scores for admission and scholarship consideration.
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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