One concern homeschoolers have is whether or not their efforts in homeschooling will result in admission to a college after high school. Fortunately, homeschool is gaining a reputation that is making colleges take notice. Studies consistently show that homeschoolers on college campuses only serve to enhance the college environment, not detract from it. So, homeschoolers actually have an advantage when it comes to getting into college. If your child chooses to take the route of college, homeschooling will not hold them back from their wishes.
An overwhelming majority of studies show that homeschooled children fare better on college entrance exams, do better their first year in college, have a more well rounded education, have a higher GPA and graduate with a degree than their public school counterparts. What this means to colleges is that admitting homeschoolers is a good risk. They realize that homeschoolers are apt to study harder and more efficiently to do better in class and on exams so freely admit them. Even the more prestigious colleges and universities admit homeschoolers in addition to those taught in public or private school settings.
Colleges are not only merely grudgingly admitting homeschooled students, they are seeking them out and offering incentives to attend because homeschool students enrich the school. It is a benefit to the school to have homeschoolers in their ranks. Homeschoolers are more likely to get involved in community activities and have a well rounded college experience. They not only excel in academics but also in social and athletic activities. For those who are unable to afford college, many colleges and universities offer partial or full scholarships to homeschoolers.
Additionally, homeschool allows high school students to take dual college courses when possible. Because many homeschoolers are academically advanced, when they begin their high school career, the level of curriculum is at a college level. They can take online courses or courses at a local community college for dual credit, giving them the necessary hours to not only graduate high school but be well into college by the time they are going full time. Some homeschool high school graduates start college as a sophomore.
When considering homeschool, college admission should not be a concern. Many colleges and universities are now actively recruiting from the homeschool community and providing incentives in the form of scholarships. Homeschoolers have a clear advantage when it comes to going to college not only from an admission and cost perspective but also from a success in graduation perspective.