High School/College: FAQ

Is it harder for homeschoolers to get into college?

No. Colleges actually seek out homeschoolers because homeschoolers have a record of doing well. According to Marlyn McGrath Lewis, Director of Admissions for Harvard College, “We receive a good number of candidates every year with all or part of their education from a homeschool background. Homeschooling is broader than some people realize. We are looking for the strongest candidates in the world and we find some of those among homeschoolers.”

How do we make sure that everything is covered?

Applying to college can be daunting because whether you are homeschooled or not, there are many steps that need to be taken. LOL’s Get Ready For College Guide makes the process much less complicated. Study the pages in this packet and follow the steps listed on the Action Plan pages and you’ll be on your way!

Click here for more information about selecting high school core classes (math, science, etc.)

How does a homeschooler earn credits?

Homeschool students earn credits by successfully completing subject coursework and documenting it. A one-year LOL class that runs two days per week = 1 credit. A one-year LOL class that runs one day per week = 1/2 credit.

How does a homeschooler get a transcript?

Most homeschoolers create their own transcripts. However, Leaves of Learning has a full-time counselor who will create a transcript for each high school student taking more than 5 hours of class their senior year. A transcript is a record of the courses your child completed each year in high school, the credit earned for each course, the final grade in that course and a grade point average (GPA). Students will need a transcript for both college admission and for many scholarship applications. See the transcript page in the LOL Get Ready For College Guide for the information you’ll need to include on your transcript as well as a sample you can use as a starting point.

How do I keep a record of high school classes/work?

We suggest you keep all course descriptions, school papers, evaluations, and information for each school year in separate boxes or binders at home in a safe place. This will be helpful while putting together your high school transcript and portfolio.

Is a diploma or GED necessary?

A diploma from a high school or GED is not necessary to get into college. They are also not requirements for graduation as a homeschooler. Homeschoolers have a high school equivalency as documented by transcripts. Parents may issue a diploma for their child.

Are financial aid and scholarships available to homeschoolers?

Yes! Here’s just a sampling of what LOL students have earned:
  • Two LOL graduates became National Merit Scholars and received full college scholarships.
  • An LOL student received one (of only two available worldwide) AFS Global Leader    Scholarship and attended school in Japan for a year.
  • An LOL graduate received a full scholarship to pursue a Masters and Doctorate in    mechanical engineering with a focus on nano-technology applications for fuel cells.
  • Two LOL graduates received Presidential Scholarships.

  • Will my homeschooler be prepared for college and life?

    Many parents—and students themselves—report that homeschooling helps students take charge of their education and lives. Homeschoolers are more independent learners; they require less supervision and can take charge of their own education. As most homeschool parents know, homeschooling is teaching your children to teach themselves. See the: Why Homeschool for High School, Why Enroll in LOL, LOL Graduate Facts, and Are You Ready for College? pages in the LOL Get Ready For College Guide.

    Are college admission requirements different for homeschooled students?

    Only slightly. Requirements for homeschooled students are the same as for students from a traditional high school. When researching the application process for a selected school, it is advised to look up how to apply to that specific school as a homeschooler. It is best to submit a homeschooling portfolio. This is especially important if you have only average GPA and ACT or SAT scores and are applying to more selective colleges, and when applying for scholarships. If you have any questions, call the admissions office of your school of choice and ask a representative for the specifics.