Home Schooled Students

Each year a handful of students who have been home schooled apply to Gettysburg College. Although we use the same criteria to evaluate home schooled applicants as we do for students applying from accredited high school programs, we do understand that home school academic backgrounds are distinctive.

In order for us to get the best picture of your college preparation, we 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.
  • A letter of reference from a tutor, evaluator, or teacher who is not a family member.
  • SAT 1 or ACT scores are not required, but may be submitted as self-reported or official scores, if you choose. (View our test optional policy for more information.) .
  • An interview with an admissions counselor is required.