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Your Homeschooler's College List. What You Need to Know.

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Don’t go into your homeschooler’s college search blindly. Be informed.

Why are certain colleges on your homeschooler’s list?

Beyond scores, rankings, and geography, why are they a great fit?

If you don’t know, it’s time to hit the rewind button.

Finding the right schools is tough, I know.

But imagine if you knew deeply - not superficially - why a school was on the list.

So where do you start?

  1. Your homeschooler needs to look within themselves. They need to reflect on who they are and what matters most to them. Start here with this post.
  2. Your homeschooler needs to look at colleges within the context of who they are.

NOTE: This is all preliminary (and super important) stuff. Don’t even mention school names yet!

How do you start looking at schools through a very personalized lens?

Eric Furda, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at University of Pennsylvania, recommends that you AND your homeschooler do the following:

  1. Write down the five characteristics or qualities they want (or you want for your homeschooler) out of the college experience.
  2. Write down 1 or 2 things that make you anxious about the college search.

In what ways are you and your homeschooler aligned?

Have a conversation about your answers. Be transparent.

Still with me?

Awesome. Your homeschooler now has a good grasp on who they are and who they want to be.

But do they have a good grasp on what the school is? And what they want to be?

Because finding the right fit depends on how your homeschooler’s qualities and interests and ideas align with the schools they’re considering.

5 Things You Should Know About Each School You’re Considering

Culture

Each school has a particular culture that has permeated throughout its history. What is this school about? What does it stand for? Does it align with your priorities?

Questions to ask:

Curriculum

Each school has a particular academic philosophy. Does it match with your homeschooler’s learning style and goals?

Questions to ask:

Outcomes

Each school has its conclusions. Its own results. Does it resonate with what your homeschooler wants to achieve? Rick Clark, Dean of Admissions for Georgia Tech, suggests the following questions.

Questions to ask:

Financial Reality

Each school has its own policy and philosophy regarding aid. Know them. Well.

Questions to ask:

Homeschool Requirements

Each school has its own system in dealing with homeschoolers. Make sure you know this well in advance so there aren’t any surprises.

Questions to ask:

When I started down the homeschool path, I wasn’t sure what kind of homeschooler I was going to be. I tried to find a philosophy that fit. I tried to find a curriculum that fit.

I did it mindfully and with great passion and purpose.

And the more I leaned into the options that matched my family and its values, the clearer the path became.

You might think that the college search is a daunting one. And you might doubt your ability to navigate it.

This is what you need to know:

Your homeschooler is unique. They have unique experiences and interests and values. You’ll find that the more you do the deep work of listening to their story, the easier this process will be.

So, commit to your original path. To your homeschooler’s story. To what matters most to them.

Start embracing their life song.

And the right schools will sound perfect indeed.

Let me know in the comments below if these questions will be helpful in your college journey!

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