Category: College Admissions

Common Application Essay Strategies

Essays are a crucial step in the college admissions process for most students. Seniors completing the Common Application need to choose from one of seven different essay prompts. There are no good or bad essay prompts, but there are prompts that fit individual students better than others. Take the time to really read and understand …

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Colleges for Unschoolers

College Quad

College decisions are very personal. Teens, including unschoolers, need to balance a wide variety of concerns to find a school that is their best fit academically, socially, philosophically, geographically, and financially. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but this article explores some of the college options that may be most appealing to unschoolers. Unschoolers vary widely …

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Colleges Are Recruiting Homeschoolers: Myth or Fact?

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The idea that elite colleges are recruiting homeschoolers gets a lot of buzz . You may have read the claim that it is easier for homeschoolers to get into top colleges. The assertion is that Ivy League and other highly ranked colleges see that homeschool applicants score higher on tests and are more creative. This …

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Public Honors Colleges

Indiana University Living Learning

Public Honors colleges offer students many perks from scholarships to small classes to specialized housing. Understand what this choice may offer your homeschooler.

Ivy League Homeschool Admissions

Columbia University Library

Can homeschoolers get into Ivy League colleges? Yes, but as for all students it is very competitive. Students who want to be successful in highly selective admissions are advised to start early and carefully build their academic profile during the high school years. In this article you will find information about the homeschool admissions requirements …

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Volunteering for Homeschoolers

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The primary motivation for volunteering among teen homeschoolers should be making a contribution to their community.  Teen volunteers can be a helpful source of labor and energy for community organizations. While it should be that the primary reason to engage in community service is altruistic, it is okay to acknowledge that volunteering may also help …

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Highly Selective College Admissions for Homeschoolers

Yale University, New Haven Connecticut

Is your homeschooler hoping to be admitted to a top-ranked school such as Yale, Columbia, Harvard, MIT, or Stanford? While there are homeschoolers and unschoolers who are successful in admissions to top colleges, including Ivy League colleges, homeschooling alone is not enough. Homeschoolers who are accepted to highly selective colleges typically have worked exceptionally hard …

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Private Research Universities for Homeschoolers, Part Two

Northwestern University

Homeschoolers need to look carefully at the admissions requirements of colleges they wish to apply to. This is a process that students can start early in high school long before they’ve developed their final college list. This article provides a look at the minimum expectations for private research universities. While requirements for homeschoolers vary from …

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College Admissions Terms Every Homeschooler Should Know

Navigating through the maze of college admissions requires learning a whole new vocabulary.  Here are a few college admissions terms your homeschooler should understand: Common Application: This single form is used by hundreds of colleges. Applicants fill out the Common Application online one time and then may submit this application to as many participating colleges …

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Prepare for College Interviews

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The college interview can be a crucial step in the admissions process. While it is true that some schools no longer offer interviews, the practice continues at most colleges. There are also colleges and universities that require an interview from homeschoolers even if they do not for other applicants. Here’s what you need to know …

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