You don’t! That is unless you take the time to do a few things in preparation. Most colleges have begun to accept that homeschoolers are part of the education system in America. To be honest, many colleges today are “homeschooler friendly.” This means that they have made it straight forward for homeschoolers to register and apply. you can often find a dedicated homeschool page on most college websites. Our directory has a great list of these homeschool friendly colleges to help you out!
A homeschool diploma doesn’t have to be “less than.” Even though you may not have a fancy school seal, your diploma and transcript can look professional. Take time to research what high school diplomas and transcripts look like and take extra time to make yours look similar. LetsHomeschoolHighschool.com has some beautiful diploma templates you can download and customize. Most colleges will want to have a course description of your high school courses, having this will help answer any questions they have ahead of time. Also include any extra- curricular activities and any special awards that have been received. All of these will give your college of choice a better picture of the type of student you have been. Remember most colleges are searching for students that stand out. Taking courses in high school that are better quality, more in depth, and different (yet matching requirements) will make you stand out from the crowd – in a good way, of course!
As I mentioned before there really is no way to know if your diploma will be accepted. However, the best way to find out is to speak with an admissions counselor. If you do this early on in your high school career, they can actually advise you as to what courses you can take to make sure you are accepted and right on track. The admissions counselor will be able to tell you how to make application to their college, and they can often give you an idea of what your college may be looking for in an admissions essay. Meeting with an admissions counselor is probably the best thing you can do for your college career.
For more information on diplomas and transcripts and college preparation in general, check out our homeschool high school resources and planning page at LetsHomeschoolHighschool.com.