When my oldest child was four years old, a relative objected to our future homeschooling plans: What about college? I wanted to say, “What about it? The kid’s four years old!” Homeschooling your child in kindergartendoes not mean that you are committed to homeschooling through high school. It’s okay to take it one year at a time.
But, the short answer is: yes, kids who are homeschooled can attend college. Many colleges actively recruit homeschoolers because they have such a superior education.
If you make it all the way to junior high, make sure that you are able to write a good transcript. Books are available to walk you through this process if you want guidance with preparing a transcript.
With careful planning, high school students in Washington can participate in the Running Start program, in which the state pays tuition for high school juniors and seniors attending college.
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1/24/14 – a short update
The above-mentioned 4-year-old is now 20 and a college sophomore. He scored well enough on his SAT that the college gave him an $11,000 scholarship, renewable annually as long as he keeps his grades up. To date, he has a 4.0 gpa. His professors liked his work well enough that he was hired as a research assistant over the summer. They also sent him information about an additional $1500 outside scholarship for which they recommended he apply. He received that extra scholarship fall semester, and we just heard that it was renewed for the spring semester.
Our second child is a college freshman. She received a $12,000 scholarship based on her SAT scores. She, too, has earned a 4.0 gpa.
Moral: Yes, homeschooled students can get into college. They are more than capable of handling the course load. They can even earn scholarships.
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The point is not to brag on my kids – although I love doing that – but to provide specific examples. My children have always been homeschooled, and they have all been accepted by every college they applied to (and been offered scholarships). Yes, homeschoolers can get into college.
The years have flown by. My oldest, the above-mentioned 4-year-old, is now a college graduate. He earned an engineering degree (materials joining) while maintaining a 4.0 gpa the entire four years, and had a job offer in October of his senior year. He’s worked for that company for over a year now, loves it, and got married last spring to a wonderful young lady who is also a homeschool graduate. Her bachelor’s degree is in nursing, and she works as a NICU nurse.
My second child attended college for a year, then took time off to do missions work. She studied in Australia and provided medical care in Africa and various Asian countries. She applied to three different schools while she was on the mission field, was offered scholarships, and is now back in college studying to be a nurse. As a junior, she still has a 4.0 gpa.
Like her older siblings, my third child scored well enough on the SAT that she has a generous scholarship. So far (she’s a junior) she has a 4.0 gpa. Although she is concerned that she might get an A- in one of her classes this semester, she’s optimistic that she’ll be able to pull it up to an A. We keep telling our children that we will love them no matter what their grades are, but she wants to be a physical therapist and knows that the competition for spots in DPT school is tougher than the competition for spots in med school.
Child number four headed off to college this year. After visiting his older brother at college, he cancelled the other college visits he had scheduled, and didn’t apply anywhere else. He, too, scored well enough on the SAT that he received a scholarship. Based on his older brother’s advice, he applied to the honors college — and was accepted. Although he got all A’s in the running start classes he took last year, he’s discovered that a full-time four-year school is significantly harder than part-time community college. Since he has turned out for the college’s baseball team, he is not anticipating a 4.0 gpa this year. We will love him just the same 🙂