Is it Really Possible for Homeschoolers to be Prepared for College?

Is it possible for homeschoolers to be college ready?

It definitely is possible! I can speak from experience on this one. My oldest daughter had homeschooled since fourth grade. While she had worked hard she still worried that she had done everything needed to get into college. Yet, we followed these simple principles, and when it was time for her to apply she sailed through the admissions process. There are three key areas that the homeschool highschooler can prepare for college, and know that they are on the right track!

Academic Preparation

  • Take challenging classes- colleges like to see a rigorous course of study

  • Develop strong study habits

  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT

  • Do your best in school

  • Prepare for the SAT/ACT test

  • Take the SAT/ACT as many times as needed to get the score you want!

  • Gather your high school information into one well organized high school transcript that documents your courses of study, extracurricular activities, awards and achievements, and your abilities.

Life Preparation

Financial Preparation

  • Save for college while you are young.

  • Determine what Financial Aid you’ll need by using FAFSA help

  • Save for a car

  • Save for other educational necessities
  • Apply for financial aid as soon as possible (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • Apply for other types of scholarships
  • Compare the financial aid packages from each of the colleges you were accepted to, and then determine which one is right for you!

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About 

Jamie Gaddy, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D. has been an education professor for over 17 years. She is also a pastor’s wife, freelance writer, and entrepreneur who now homeschools four of her six children (ages 9-15) in a sweet tea sippin’, wrap around porch sittin’, sweet southern Georgia town. Jamie is also a contributing author at Online Education for Kids and MomSCHOOL


April 16, 2014

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