Many homeschooling families tend to get nervous about the thought of their child not being able to get into a college. As homeschooling is growing around the U.S., more and more homeschoolers are being accepted into universities and colleges. Although this is no easy task, colleges and universities are very intrigued on how homeschoolers are using the world around them to educate themselves. Homeschooling allows students to find passions early on and explore them.
When looking at universities it is important to compare the programs and the resources that are available to students. Is your student interested in sports, thinking of joining an intramural league? Does your student want to be involved in greek life or another student organization? Maybe your student is interested in on-campus jobs/internships to further their education. Every school will offer different opportunities that make them stand out amongst others, and it is important for your child to do all the necessary research to ensure they are choosing the school that will benefit them the most.
We have compiled a list of homeschool-friendly colleges and universities 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.
George Fox University is located in, Newberg, Oregon a welcoming and warming community. The university wants to bring students the ultimate college experience, enriching them with their amazing professors and staff to connect with them authentically, personally, and academically. They recognize that students come from different backgrounds, and want them to feel at home while being away. They promote change and for students to be inspired, turning their faith into action.
George Fox University understands the importance of education and has many homeschool students to succeed in their Christian college community. They are always looking for students interested in incorporating their Christian faith in their education.
Lewis & Clark College is a private institution with three schools, The College of Arts and Science, the Graduate School of Education and Counseling, and Law School. Their rich history and diverse presence is what makes them stand out amongst other colleges. They have award-winning buildings, outstanding athletic facilities, advanced technology, and innovative research. Lewis & Clark is committed to its students, and staff, to have the best learning community they can, to inspire all.
Lewis & Clark College welcomes applications who have been homeschooled for some or all of their education. They consider you a homeschool student if the majority of your high school career has taken place, or if your high school career will conclude, outside of a traditional academic setting.
Requirement 1- Secondary School Report form to be filled out by your home-school program coordinator.
Requirement 2- Official high school transcript with a detailed description of the home-school curriculum
Requirement 3- Official transcripts for any work completed outside of your home-school program.
Requirement 4- SAT or ACT test scores. With limited other information available, standardized test scores for home-school applicants often take on more significance than they might for our other applicants.
Requirement 5- Teacher Evaluation form, completed by someone other than your home-school coordinator if possible.
Southern Oregon University’s campus is home to over 6200 students, with a cultured community and emphasizes diversity and inclusion. There are over 35 areas of study in a range of fields for students to learn from, and a large variety of extracurriculars. The Princeton Review named SOU one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the US and Canada. Southern Oregon University is committed to sustainable practices, environmental stewardship, and research that advances our understanding of local, regional, and global environmental issues.
At Southern Oregon University, our admission decisions are based on a holistic review of all information, both academic and personal, presented in your application. They welcome students from all educational backgrounds to apply and join the SOU community.
Requirement 1- Submit SAT scores
Requirement 2- Satisfy second language admission requirement
The University of Oregon is located in beautiful Eugene, Oregon with a large 295-acre campus in the middle of some of the most gorgeous landscapes. The community is, green, friendly, familiar, modern, and connected. The University is continuously committed to doing better, being innovative, and collaborative. With an undergraduate of around 19,000 UO still remains a close-knit community with over 250 student body organizations and a variety of experiences for you to add to your college experience and get close to your fellow ducks. UO encourages homeschoolers to join their community of students looking to be innovative and to get connected.
Requirement 1- Submit SAT or ACT scores
Requirement 2- Demonstrate second language proficiency
Requirement 3-Attach a statement of personal circumstances that explains that you were homeschooled and that you will complete the admission requirements by providing official score reports for the SAT or ACT and for the SAT Subject Tests.
Western Oregon University is located in Monmouth, Oregon and has both a College of Education and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, with an enrollment of approximately 6,000 students. At Western Oregon University, helping students achieve academic success is always at the top of their priority list. The University welcomes traditional and nontraditional students to become apart of their community.
Requirement 1- Submit ACT or SAT scores
Requirement 2- Meet the second language requirement
Reed College is located in Portland, Oregon one of Oregon’s best cities. Reed is a coeducational, independent liberal arts and sciences college. Reed is known for its high standards of scholarly practice, creative thinking, and engaged citizenship. Students interested in Reed have over 40 choices in majors and programs in pursuing a bachelor of arts degree. Homeschoolers are encouraged to apply and further their education with fellow Reedies and make Reed College their new home.
Requirement 1- Submit School Report Form
Requirement 2-Comprehensive list of the books and texts read over the four years of high school, including novels, textbooks, and other resources
Requirement 3- At least one letter of recommendation from a tutor, evaluator, or teacher who is not a family member
In addition, Reed recommends the following:
Interview with a Reed representative
Two—rather than one—academic recommendations (the second letter may come from an employer, supervisor, or non-family member who can address important personal qualities such as responsibility, creativity, discipline, and initiative)
Scores of three SAT Subject Tests, preferably in mathematics and two subjects of the student’s choosing
Warner Pacific University is located in Portland, Oregon with a variety of over 60 majors and a diverse community. Warner Pacific is one of the most diverse universities in Oregon, with a safe and welcoming environment for students to excel in. The university is a Christ-centered community that values learning, collaboration, and engaged relationships. They welcome homeschoolers to apply and consider their special community of students and staff in beautiful Portland, Oregon.
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.