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It is important for Parents and college-bound students to know why homeschooled students will be assessed differently by colleges and universities than public and private school students.

There are 2.3 Million Homeschool Students in the United States

According to the National Home Education Research Institute, there are over 2.3 million homeschool students in the United States. According to this data, the homeschool population is continuing to grow at an estimated 2% to 8% in the next few years.

National Home Education Research Institute 

As you can see, there are many benefits associated with homeschooling.

The biggest benefit is that home-schooled students generally score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic tests.

Three College Application Reminders for Homeschooled Students

#1 Standardized Tests & Test-Optional Colleges

Colleges and University admission staff will look more carefully at homeschooled students’ standardized test results.

SAT ACT Tests Homeschooled Students
 
Why? Because these will paint a better picture of how he or she has done academically while being at home.
 
Test-Optional Colleges
 
It is important to know that not every school that lists itself as test-optional will extend this policy to the homeschooled applicant.
 
Go to fairtest.org to see if the schools are in there and then check their website or email them to find out! 
 

Bowdoin College Test-Optional Colleges

 
The last thing to keep in mind regarding standardized tests is that homeschooled students are also encouraged to complete and submit SAT Subject tests.
 
Bowdoin College Homeschooled student
 

 

#2 Extracurricular Activities

It is very important for homeschooled students need to participate in extracurricular activities.
 
Why? Well, a lot of these students are usually full-time athletes, actors, musicians, who perform some out-of-school activity that takes most of their time.
 
A homeschooled student with ZERO extracurriculars will not be as competitive as candidates who are involved with the church, participate in community organizations, club sports, or performing arts.
 
Examples of Extracurricular Activities
 
Another important activity homeschooled students should keep in mind includes getting lots of community service hours.
 
Community Service Hours
 
Remember, many state and private scholarships will require service hours anyways, getting these hours under your belt will improve your odds of receiving more aid to pay for college!
 

#3 Demonstrated Interest

 
Since homeschooled students do not have a high school counselor, you should consider:
 
1) Attending College Fairs
2) Emailing Admission Representatives
3) Reaching out to College Coaches–if you wish to continue to play sports in college.
4) Get on the Road and Visit Colleges.
 
As mentioned earlier, demonstrating Interests can improve your odds of acceptance and financial aid awards.
 
Keep in mind college admission officers should see the homeschooled student demonstrating interest, not the parent(s). The student has to be the one reaching out to the college staff.
 

College student and financial aid
 
 
It is important to understand that there are many benefits associated with homeschooling.
 
Colleges will look more carefully at the student’s grades, extracurricular involvement, and the amount of interest demonstrated by the student.
 
 
 

If you have any questions please comment below or email us at contact@bestcollegeaid.com for more personal questions. 

David Cantu

David Cantu

Best College Aid Co-Founder and Instructor

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