Homeschool friendly Colleges in New Jersey

Homeschooling gives students a sense of flexibility to their learning. They are not required to sit at a desk for 8 hours a day, not required to learn specific topics the schools are required to teach, and better yet, they can learn on their own time.

Colleges have been actively recruiting homeschoolers as they stand out when compared to traditionally schooled students. Why? Homeschoolers are using their community as their classroom. They are taking charge of their education and deciding what they are interested in and following their passions.

These passions can be a deciding factor when choosing the university or college to attend. Each university and college specialize in something different. Make sure to perform the research to see which college aligns with your student’s passions.    

We have compiled a list of homeschool friendly universities and colleges and have listed the requirements needed for homeschoolers to apply. We try to regularly update this page as more and more colleges and universities are becoming homeschool friendly.


Princeton University

Princeton University is a private Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey. Princeton understands how a homeschooling experience can be different from traditional schooling. When applying it is important to stand out as an individual, so the university can see your abilities aside from your academic achievements. As a student, you benefit from the abundant and the advantage of a low student-to-faculty ratio, being able to develop close working relationships with professors.

Their curriculum helps students to learn, be creative, and spark innovation with a program of liberal arts in the humanities, arts, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering.

  • Requirement 1- Submit graded written paper
  • Requirement 2- Complete references
  • Requirement 3- Submit official transcript
  • Requirement 4- Submit ACT or SAT scores


Rowan University

Rowan University is a public research university in Glassboro, New Jersey.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Rowan University 19th of Northern Regional Universities and third among the public institutions in the category. The College of Engineering is ranked 32nd nationally among master’s level programs and the Chemical Engineering program is ranked third. Rowan wants to give students from all educational backgrounds an extraordinary educational experience, with their excellent faculty and resources available.

  • Requirement 1- Submit ACT or SAT scores
  • Requirement 2- Submit official transcripts
  • Requirement 3- Provide 2 letters of recommendation: one attesting to academic success, and another attesting to involvement in the community or extracurricular activities (neither should be from a parent).
  • Requirement 4- Submit a portfolio of academic work that includes syllabi, a list of textbooks used, grade evaluations by primary teacher and any other documentation of academic work (includes samples of writing, tests, etc.).


Rutgers University

Rutgers University is a public research university in New Jersey and is the largest institution of higher education in the state. The university focuses on providing students excellent education, conducting cutting-edge research, and giving back to the community. Rutgers welcomes students coming from traditional and nontraditional educational backgrounds, the environment on campus and off allows for students to be themselves and learn with the diverse community. Rutgers provides amazing resources and education for students to graduate with and enter the career field at a huge advantage.

  • Requirement 1- Self-Reported Academic Record
  • Requirement 2- Submit ACT or SAT scores


Montclair State University

Montclair State University provides students with a selection of amazing academic programs, earning them the title of “New Jersey’s best public university” (Forbes). They have a vibrant campus community, with cutting-edge technologies and online study opportunities. They also consider the cost to attend the university an exceptional value for both in-state and out-of-state students. For students coming from homeschooling background, Montclair State University welcomes applicants and encourages them to be very detailed in their application so the University can see applicants as unique to the others in the pool.

  • Requirement 1- Submit official transcripts
  • Requirement 2- A personal interview with an Admissions Counselor
  • Requirement 3- Submit two letters of recommendation from someone familiar with your previous academic work or from someone who can comment on your background, experience, capacity to succeed and motivation (i.e. an employer, co-worker, someone from your community, etc.).


Atlantic Cape Community College

Atlantic Cape Community College welcomes home-schooled students to apply for admission to the college. The college strives to provide an educational service to the entire community, as well as developing individual talents. Since 1973, the college has been the main contributor to education to local residents. They want to strive to give residents better high educational opportunities. Atlantic Cape offers more than 40 career and transfer degrees and training for the nation’s leading careers. They design their programs to help students reach success when graduating.

Home-schooled students are more than welcome to apply for admission to the college. Atlantic Cape does not require extra material to be submitted.

  • Requirement 1-Submit a copy of your high school diploma or GED or be at least 18 years of age or older
  • Requirement 2-Take the college’s Placement Test
  • Requirement 3-Attend open house


Monmouth University

Monmouth University is a private university in West Long Branch, New Jersey. It was founded in 1933 as Monmouth Junior College, it became Monmouth College in 1956 and Monmouth University in 1995. The University faculty work closely with students, giving high attention and support to all. These close net relationships that are created lead students to successful careers and other opportunities. Amongst those admitted, there is a very diverse student body that consists of approximately 6,300 students – 4,600 undergrads and 1,700 grads. They have dozens of majors and degree programs and an abundance of student resources.

  • Requirement 1-Submit official transcript
  • Requirement 2-Submit ACT or SAT test scores



Joy Capps is a homeschool bookworm residing in the mountains of western North Carolina. The only one who loves books more is her 16-year-old daughter. They both enjoy perusing old bookstores for treasures and sniffing books. Her son who is 18 has special needs, is the social butterfly of the family and has never met a stranger. Although she is originally from South Dakota she now calls North Carolina her home and she and her family love exploring the great outdoors. Her family has been homeschooling since 2005.

March 1, 2019


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