According to this article in the Georgia State University Signal (student newspaper at my grad school alma mater), 74% of colleges require extra documentation from homeschoolers in the admission process.
First, students who meet the SAT minimum score of 1090 could submit a portfolio that included proof that they completed the 16 College Preparatory Courses required for admission into a university of Georgia system, information on their course of study, course outlines, and a complete bibliography of all works read in their home-school career. According to Brittany, this option accompanied a personal interview.
The final option for applying listed was taking the SAT II subject subtests, which were in addition to the SAT I requirements.
Excuse my language, but this is bullshit. If you have a transcript describing what you’ve studied, and the SAT scores to back it up, that should be enough. They are asking way more of home schooled high schoolers than I provided to get into grad school there. As I remember it, I submitted GMAT scores, a college transcript, and the application that included two essays.
The 74% number surprises me. I thought colleges were a lot more accepting of homeschoolers than that. I checked my real alma mater once (Purdue) and they don’t have any special admission requirements for homeschoolers. They expect exactly what the schoolies must provide, SAT score and transcript. That is how it should be.
The author delves into the “S’” word too. (There must be a journalism law that no homeschool related article can ever be published without mentioning the “S” word.) However, what she is describing as “challenges” for homeschoolers in college are the exact same thing any 18 year old deals with when they go off to college.
I am going to fire off an email to the admissions director at GSU though. I’ll report back if I get a reply.
Update: Upon further review, GSU’s homeschooler admission policy doesn’t look as bad as the article made it sound. They basically just want a portfolio demonstrating completion of the 16 core classes required for admission to any public university in GA. It seems like the SAT score should sort of prove a certain level of ability, particularly in math and English. Also, if the school gets a transcript from some rural high school in SE Louisiana, they really don’t know anymore about that kids academic achievement than they would about a homeschooler that provided a transcript like document. I still think we shouldn’t have to provide more than a schoolie. The SAT score should buy credibility for a simple transcript showing that the core stuff was covered.