Can a homeschooled student get into college?
This is an often asked question from those who fear that a home education may hinder a student’s chances at higher education. The answer is a resounding YES! Increasing numbers of colleges and universities are recruiting and actively pursuing those taught at home, and these students have a higher than average record of college enrollment and success.
Community college has become an important first step for a large percentage of homeschoolers for several reasons:
- Some students have exceeded the knowledge base of their parents by the time they reach high school, and pick up community college courses as dual enrollment classes while still in high school.
- Since Arizona allows 12 year-olds to enroll in the community colleges, teens may try out areas of special interest in addition to their studies at home.
- The smaller classrooms and more individual attention provide an easy transition from the home to the higher education setting.
- Very reasonable cost per credit hour gives more flexibility to those needing to save money before heading off to the universities.
It is quite easy to get in to the community colleges, either on a dual enrollment or matriculated student status.
Dual Enrollment (students under 18 who haven’t graduated from high school)
- There is an online handbook which details the admissions requirements for students under 18 in the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD)
- Section 2C of the handbook states: Home schooled students are exempt from this sub-section (of admission requirements).
- Section 2D states: A student shall not be denied admission because of age, lack of a high school diploma or high school certificate of equivalency, grade in school, lack of permission of school officials or lack of concurrent enrollment in a public or private school
There is absolutely no mention of homeschooling anywhere on the current website for MCCCD except as noted above. Therefore, it is safe to assume that nothing is required from homeschoolers except for the standard admissions forms.
However, it is required that all students take a course placement test prior to enrolling in your first English, math, and/or reading course, or if pursuing a degree or applying for federal financial aid. Options for English-speaking students are the ASSET or the ACCUPLACER, and ESL applicants may choose from the COMPASS or CELSA.
Regular admission for high school graduates is granted to any person who meets at least one of the following criteria:
- Is a graduate of a high school, which is accredited by a regional accrediting association as defined by the United States Office of Education or approved by a State Department of Education or other appropriate state educational agency.
- Has a high school certificate of equivalency (GED)
- Is at least 18 years of age and demonstrates evidence of potential success in the community college.
- Is a transfer student in good standing from another college or university.
Again, there is nothing specific to home education, and since homeschooling is approved by the Department of Education per A.R.S. 15-802.01, there should not be any hoops through which to jump.
A transcript may be required or a GED certificate for verification and placement purposes.
The current website information makes it easier to enter community college as a homeschooler than was possible in the past. This is great news for students who are ready to be challenged by college level work, no matter what your age.
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