Welcome Homeschool Students!
Your path from home school to college is simpler than you think. Below is your checklist to start your college career and find your place at one of 13 Seventh-day Adventist colleges and universities in North America. Continue your learning in an environment known for personal attention from professors and plenty of ways to personalize your learning experience. Download the full Admissions Tips for Home School Students here with a summary of admissions requirements for each school.
🗸 Prioritize your education.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a freshman, senior, or somewhere in between, now is the time to focus on your studies. Your high school education can have an impact on your college admissions and scholarships, so study hard and be sure you’re completing all of your required courses. Plan to take the SAT or ACT by the end of your junior year, and retest if you’d like to improve your scores.
Recommended Home School Study Sequence: To have the best chance to succeed in college, it’s important to take a broad mix of high school courses. The following is a generally recommended college preparatory study sequence for home school students. PLEASE check with the individual school(s) you are interested in to confirm this information.
- 9th grade: Algebra I, English I, Religion/Bible, Physical Science, Foreign Language I, Computer Literacy
- 10th grade: Geometry, English II, Religion/Bible, World History, Biology, Foreign Language II
- 11th grade: Algebra II, English III, Religion/Bible, Chemistry, U.S. History
- 12th grade: Pre-Calculus, English IV, Religion/Bible, Physics, Government or Economics, Health
Music, Fine Arts, Physical Education and Practical Arts courses are also important to include as part of a balanced mix of high school course work.
College Admissions Requirements: Each of the 13 colleges and universities has different admission requirements. The requirements most relevant to you will likely depend on what type of home school program you complete. If you complete a state or regionally recognized accredited high school or home school program, you will most likely apply under the general admissions requirements. If you complete an alternative high school or home school program, one that is not state or regionally recognized and accredited, you will apply under the alternative admissions requirements. Read more about alternative admissions requirements here or download a PDF with Admissions Tips for Home School Students here.
For more information see: College Admissions
🗸 Prepare your supporting admission documents.
You will likely be asked to send your home school transcripts, your test scores, and a personal statement to the colleges and universities where you apply.
Preparing your transcript: If you completed an alternative or self-designed program of study you may be asked to prepare a transcript, including a description of each course/subject, when you took the course and the grade you received. You may also want to provide additional information, such as extra curricular activities or other accomplishments. If you took courses from a correspondence school, ask the school to send an official transcript of your work to each college you are applying to. You can download the transcript request form here.
Sending your transcript: You can send your 6-semester transcript after you complete your junior year in school and most of the Adventist colleges and universities will use it to make a conditional admission decision. The decision is conditional because the college will still need to receive a final copy of your completed high school transcript showing you meet the admission requirements before your admission will be final. (If you are applying to Kettering College or Adventist University of Health Sciences, you need to wait until you complete the first semester of your senior year and send a 7-semester transcript.) The transcript request form referenced previously includes proper address information for sending your transcripts to each Adventist college or university.
Taking the ACT / SAT tests: All of the regionally accredited Adventist colleges and universities in North America require freshman applicants to submit ACT and/or SAT test scores. Because of some of the variations in homeschool programs, your scores on these nationally normed tests will be used by the colleges (a) for admission purposes to properly rank your high school experience with other students who are applying and/or (b) to serve as a guide in placing you in the correct college courses. Preparing for the test and doing well is important and can also mean receiving additional scholarship money.
Sending test scores: You can designate which colleges receive your test scores at the time you register to take the ACT or SAT or anytime after by clicking on the here for the ACT and here for the SAT. The correct code for each Adventist college is on the transcript request form here.
Writing a personal statement:: Some of the Adventist colleges and universities will ask you to submit a personal statement. You may be asked to write about your home school experience or another topic. You can submit this statement separately or you can complete it when you are filling out the Adventist Connect application (recommended).
For more information see: Sending Transcripts and Test Scores
🗸 Fund your degree.
If you haven’t already, get serious about saving for your future. 82% of graduates from an Adventist college or university say the investment was worth it. Start by estimating your costs, then start making a plan to cover them. Look into scholarships including those from your local church, “off-campus,” and college or university scholarships. Communicate with your parents and work with them to complete the FAFSA in a timely manner.
For more information see: How to Pay for College
🗸 Discover your future career.
It may be hard to believe, but you won’t be in school forever. What do you hope to do next? Consider your passions, meet with a career or guidance counselor, and arrange to job shadow a professional in your area of interest. Find a mentor and ask input from people you trust. Explore your options, starting wide before narrowing in on any one major or career. Then, see which schools offer your desired major including undergraduate and graduate studies. It’s okay to change your major even after starting college, but careful planning now could save you time and money by preventing a mid-college degree change.
For more information see: Careers/Majors
🗸 Consider all of your college options.
The possibilities for continuing your education extend beyond the schools you currently know or are simply located close to home. Thirteen Adventist Colleges and Universities span across North America, each with unique strengths to meet a variety of students’ needs from associates through doctorate degrees. On Adventist campuses, you’ll find opportunities to grow physically through athletics, sports, and recreation, to connect with other students through campus clubs, and to thrive spiritually through mission and worship experiences. Experience the over 100 benefits of an Adventist education for yourself!
For more information see: Colleges and Universities
🗸 Narrow down your selections.
Use your career goals and personal priorities to narrow down your college selection. Visit your top college and university choices, ask questions, and be willing to receive feedback from the people you trust. Use the campus visit guide to schedule your campus visits directly with each college or university, and browse the campus visit tips for additional ideas to ensure a successful visit. If possible, attend a college fair near you to meet with representatives from each college all in one place.
For more information see: Campus Visits
🗸 Apply to your choice college(s).
Submit applications to the school(s) of your choice at the end of your junior year or early in your senior year. Apply to more than one if you’re still deciding. You can do that through this site with one application. After you apply, remember to submit your supporting admission documents (see above). It’s smart to check with each college after 2-3 weeks to be sure they have received them.
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Studying at an Adventist college or university could be the key to your future where purpose meets passion. Your path to college starts now.