Advice for a Home Schooler Starting the Admissions Process


My daughter is finishing eleventh grade, and I've been home schooling her for two years. So she went to public school for ninth grade and then has been home schooled for the remainder of high school. I know how to sign her up for the SAT/ACT, but everything else about college is a little bit vague to me. Will colleges only look at her freshman year grades since that's when she was in public school? Or will they also look at the grades I give her? And then are there things colleges look at to make decisions on home schooled students since their parents assign their grades (for instance, are there extra essays? Are essays/SATs weighted more, etc.?) Any advice for applying to college as a home schooler would be helpful.

You can find a ton of information online for college-bound home-schooled students and their parents, including an entire College Confidential discussion forum devoted to home-schooling. This is a great place to get your specific questions answered as soon as they crop up since there are many veteran home-schooling families who participate. You can also find a lot of information with Google in nearly every corner of cyberspace. That's assuming, of course, that cyberspace actually has corners. It all feels pretty much like a black hole to “The Dean." But, before you start falling down that hole yourself, here are answers to your current questions, as well as a couple other thoughts:

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