How to Be College Confident - For Homeschoolers

Summary:  Do you have a college bound teen?  Do you wonder what you need to know to help get them into college? Sharing tips for that and more.  #homeschoolhighschool #gettingintocollege This may include affiliate links.  Please see my disclosure policy.

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Are you homeschooling a high schooler who wants to go to college?  

Does going through the college entrance process with your homeschooled teen give you pause?  

Do you wonder how colleges look at their homeschool applicants?  

Or whether the colleges accept all of their homeschool high school credits?

I was so anxious about the college admissions process as a homeschooler when I began helping our teen.  

But I needn't have been.  But we as homeschoolers often worry.....

- How should I make my teen's homeschool transcript?  

- Or do we need an accredited transcript? 

- Are there extra hoops to jump through for homeschoolers? 

My mission is to encourage other homeschooling families who are homeschooling high school, for college bound teens or for those who are headed into community college, an apprenticeships or a vocation.

Many of the colleges are now even looking for homeschooled applicants.

Since everyone needs a transcript, let's start with that.

Homeschool Transcripts

We do not need to have accredited transcripts to get our teens into college.  We didn't have one and our teen got into each college on her list.

My best tips for that are below, with guidance for doing them in the way that the colleges are used to seeing.  This is from a chapter in my book.

BJ's Guide to Your Teen's Transcripts
My FREE PDF is available on my blog as a pop up.
Just click on it!

What do the colleges require of homeschool applicants?

Homeschooled College Applicants

Each college will have a list of their Freshman Entrance Requirements on their website.  These are the courses that each applicant must complete to apply to that college.

It is important to check with the likely colleges for your teen, to guide you in your high school planning.

These requirements are similar, but are not always the same.  The harder colleges ask for AP courses, SAT Subject Tests,  and that sort of thing.  If they do ask for these things, they will be listed on their websites. 

But most colleges do not require these things.  

But do colleges ask for extra requirements for their homeschooled applicants?

Well, some do.  

Some colleges ask for extra testing from their homeschoolers.  But most don't.  Two of my daughter's colleges did ask for extra testing for her for Spanish.  However, the year after she applied, they dropped those extra requirements.

The best thing to do about that is just to ask college admissions.  But the trend is away from that.  Most colleges treat homeschoolers just the same as they do public school applicants.

For more info, I invite you to click on my video on Homeschooling Your College Bound Teen, from YouTube.

For teens who are headed to college, many parents worry whether they will be prepared for college. "A common question is this - "How can I be sure my teen is ready for college writing?"

Here's my best tips for that, which is also one of the chapters in my book below.

Knowing how to write essays and research reports is an important skill for success in college.  

With my book beside you, you can continue homeschooling high school your way, just like we did.  And keep your own nurturing homeschool style.

This book is an easy-to-read guide to homeschooling high school, recently updated with 7 NEW chapters, including:

- A Homeschooler's Guide to the Common Application
- How to write the Counselor Recommendation Letter
- Where to find college scholarships
- SAT/ACT Prep - Most colleges still are using testing for merit scholarships during Covi-19
- How to make your own homemade courses
Included are also 12 homeschool high school planning printables to make your record-keeping easier. 

How about help for record keeping?  

The planning forms include:

College Entrance Requirements Form
Overall High School Plan
Curriculum Planning Sheet
High School Credit Record Form
Transcript Form
Activities and Awards Form
Homemade Course Form
Writing the College Essay Form
Course Descriptions Record Keeping Form
Reference Letter Request Form
PE Record Form

For more information, you may click here -  Amazon

And don't worry about forgetting things!

Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,


Betsy is mom to her now college grad, whom she homeschooled through high school.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshighschool
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  1. Just picked up your book, Betsy! Looking forward to learning from your wisdom and experience!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment, Carlie Lake! I hope my book is a help to you and your precious teen! And feel free to send me a question or two through messaging at my facebook page, if you like. It is here - Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!!


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