Each year, Gettysburg College accepts a number of homeschooled students who share our community’s drive to Do Great Work.
Students who have been home-schooled are welcome to apply to Gettysburg College using the Common Application. 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.
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Required Materials for Homeschooled Students
In order for Gettysburg College’s admissions staff to get the best picture of your college preparation, we ask that you submit the following with your Common Application:
- A transcript from a reputable homeschool correspondence program, or a detailed roster of academic coursework at the secondary level (including subject areas studied, texts used, and time spent on each discipline). Classes taken during the senior year at a local two- or four-year college or university are highly valued and such 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 application 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, but not required.
- An admissions interview is required. Interviews can be scheduled to be in person or virtual.