Home-Schooled Student Application Process

Students who have been home-schooled are welcome to apply to Gettysburg College. Although we use the same criteria to evaluate home-schooled applicants as we do for those students applying from accredited high school programs, we do understand that home-school academic backgrounds are distinctive. Candidates for admissions who have been educated in the home must interview with an admissions counselor and include with the application both the accrediting and evaluative documentation mandated by their home state. In order for us to get the best picture of your college preparation, we also ask that you submit the following with your application:

  • A transcript from a reputable home-school correspondence program, or a detailed roster (including subject areas studied, texts used, and time spent on each discipline) of academic coursework at the secondary level. Classes taken during the senior year at a local two or four year college or university is highly valued and transcripts should be included with the application.
  • A short narrative, written by the person other than yourself who has been most responsible for your academic life, describing the nature of your secondary-level education. This document should not be a recommendation, but rather a description of your instruction in recent years.
  • In addition to the admissions essay, a graded paper in an academic area of your choosing is required.
  • A letter of reference from a tutor, evaluator, or teacher who is not a family member.
  • SAT and/or Act scores are recommended. We strongly recommend that home-schooled students submit three SAT II subject tests, preferably in writing, mathematics, and a third subject of the student's choosing.
  • An interview with an admissions counselor is required.