Is your homeschooler interested in attending Stanford University? Fortunately, Stanford has a history of recognizing the benefits of homeschooling including its mix of unusual experiences and intellectual independence. As homeschoolers can complete their work so much quicker and efficiently than their conventionally-schooled counterparts, this allows students to do more with their time and further pursue their passions.
I reached out to Stanford admissions, and they gave me this insight: We are looking for “evidence of intellectual vitality, depth of commitment to academics as well as outside activities, and character traits that will contribute positively on our residential campus.”
Fortunately, Stanford has a history of recognizing the benefits of homeschooling including its mix of unusual experiences and intellectual independence.
Stanford takes into account three primary considerations when granting admission: 1) Test scores on the ACT or SAT; 2) Letters of recommendation; and 3) Academic record. Below is a link to Stanford’s homeschool admissions page.
Regarding academic record, Stanford is particularly interested in the homeschooler’s learning process. Here is an excerpt from their website:
We are interested in how you have gone about the learning process, not how many courses you have completed.
In particular, we would like to understand:
- how and why your family chose home schooling
- how your learning process was organized
- what benefits accrued
- what, if any, choices you had to make to accomplish this type of education
This is the first in a series about college admissions for homeschoolers. We will look at a variety of options from admission into top-tier universities to getting credit at junior colleges in high school and transferring into four-year universities. To receive future posts, you can sign up to follow The Contemporary Homeschooler via email by clicking on the Follow button.
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This book, The Brainy Bunch: The Harding Family’s Method to College Ready by Age Twelve, was a very informative read about a family who sent 6 of their children to college by 12. While I am in no rush to get my kids to college at 12, it certainly gave me a lot to consider as well as taught me about some affordable and efficient ways to earn college credit.
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