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To Take or Not to Take the Test?
Homeschooler's are coveted by universities and colleges all over the country. They consistently score higher on the SAT test when they take them, over their publicly educated counterparts. The decision of whether or not to take the SAT test is truly a personal one and a family decision, however, if your child has specific goals to go to a specific college or university, you must find out their rules on this subject. Failure to do so could leave them disappointed.
There is a growing number of schools who have shown a prejudice with regards to homeschool entries. Some have been requiring up to five SAT scores per homeschooled student, to none from other applicants. It is best to check with the college or university your child wants to attend.
Still, you are not doomed if your homeschooler did not take the SAT test. They can be taken anytime, even after graduation of high school. That said, there are some colleges that allow you child entrance, without having to take this test.
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- Nyack College - This college in New York is less competitive and offers scholarships specifically to homeschoolers.
- Standford University - Although very competitive, Standford reaches out to homeschoolers by sending out a form letter to them. They do not have set required courses that one must take prior to going there. They are looking for evidence of "intellectual vitality" SAT tests are not required, but SATII scores are recommended and it seems to be more important for homeschoolers to have these tests.
- Wesleyann University - Located in Connecticut and also very competitive, this college prefers "as formal a transcript that the homeschooler can supply them." They also prefer a transcript to a portfolio, although they will admit students with just portfolios. They are also interested why you homeschooled your child.
Here is a running list of some schools who do not necessarily require SAT tests. Each year policies change, however so be sure to check with the school you are interested in and if they are still friendly to homeschoolers. It is said that 95 percent of all the major colleges and universities do accept homeschooler's.
- Academy College (Minneapolis, MN)
- Alabama State University (Montgomery, AL)
- Alcorn State University (Alcorn, MS)
- Albright College (Reading, PA)
- Allen University (Columbia, SC)
- American Baptist College of ABT Seminary (Nashville,Tn)
- American Academy of Art (Chicago, IL)
- Angelo State University (Angelo, TX)
- Angley College (Deland, FL)
- Aquinas College (Nashville,TN)
- Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)
- Arkansas State University (State University, AR)
- Armstrong University (Berkeley, CA)
- Bennington College (Bennington, VT)
- Cambridge College (Cambridge, MA)
- Campbell University (Morrisville, NC)
- Connecticut College, (New London, CT)
- East Tennessee State University (Johnson City,TN)
- George Masan University (Fairfax, VA)
- Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS)
- Lawrence University (Appleton, WI)
- Lewis and Clark College (Portland, OR)
- Naropa University (Boulder, CO)
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Other Things to Consider
- In general, most religious affiliated schools will consider homeschoolers without SAT tests.
- If it is late in the summer and your child wants to go to college in the fall, you can look for colleges with open admissions. This means they are accepting everyone to fill a quota.
- It is important to have a high GPA (grade point average) and bring homeschool records with you to show to the college.
- Many colleges and universities are looking to deemphasize testing as a means for deciding who is qualified to be in their schools.
- There are also online college credit classes if your child prefers. Phoenix provides good learning opportunities.
- It is important for your homeschooler to take courses within their field of interest. Get all the hands on experience you can. Sometimes this can count towards a future career, and further make the student qualified for college acceptance.
- Lastly, if you are still in the plan ahead stage, students can take college courses sometimes as early as age 12, with only their parents signature. Parents, however, would have to provide transportation and possibly want to stay with their child, during the class. Most kids will take one class at a time. These all count toward the students' future college credits. This has its advantages. The student then, is already "in the system" of the college, making it a given that they are accepted.
The homeschooling experience has been wonderful, and now your child is ready to spread their wings and go further. This is why I felt it necessary and timely to write this article. I hope you have a better sense of all of your options. There are too many colleges and universities out there, however, for me to list in this one article. May your child's journey be educational but also enjoyable as they head down the road to the rest of their life.