Applying for College with a Homeschool Diploma

Affiliate links may have been used in this post. To read our full disclaimer, click here.

FREE offers are often time-sensitive. Although they are FREE at the time of posting, please be sure to verify the offer is still free before claiming or purchasing it. (We are not responsible for price changes.) Thank you!

Though there is certainly value in having a high school diploma, many homeschool families cause themselves unnecessary stress as they seek to obtain a diploma through the “proper channels.”

Today, many colleges are recruiting homeschoolers not because they possess a specific type of diploma, but because they exhibit academic abilities and character traits that enhance the classroom experience and campus life. Ultimately, preparing an accurate transcript of your student’s high school coursework plays a much larger role in gaining admission than the diploma itself.

Applying for College with a Homeschool Diploma

HSLDA recommends carefully tracking your homeschooler’s course content, textbooks and resources, methods of evaluation, sample papers and tests, and instructor name(s) beginning in 9th grade to simplify transcript preparation. Families that choose to do their own recordkeeping and issue a parent-signed diploma can find professional diplomas online for a practical price.

For families that don’t enjoy recordkeeping, programs like Monarch store student records securely for seven years to make transcript preparation simple and quick. In addition, distance learning programs like Alpha Omega Academy remove all recordkeeping responsibilities and provide official transcripts and diplomas for their graduates.

Though there are many homeschool-friendly colleges across the country, each institution has its own unique admission requirements that range from transcripts and GPAs to SAT/ACT scores and more. Preparing an accurate transcript is a great place to start, but connecting with admission staff at the college is the best way to ensure you have everything needed to apply to the school of your child’s choice.

Written by Alpha Omega Publications

Alpha Omega Publications

Founded in 1977, Alpha Omega Publications is a leading provider of PreK-12 Christian curriculum, educational resources, and services to homeschool families worldwide. AOP follows its mission every day by creating and providing quality Christian educational materials to thousands of students through curriculum, support services, and an accredited online academy. Visit Alpha Omega Publications online or call 800-622-3070 to learn more.

Opt In Image
Join our growing list of over 100,000 homeschoolers who LOVE free stuff!

Sign up to receive emails that include deals, sales, and free offers for homeschoolers.

We value your privacy and promise never to send you spam. You can unsubscribe at anytime. 

View our Privacy Policy for more information on how we process your data.

NOTE: If you are already a subscriber, you can find subscriber perks and downloads links in our Monday & Wednesday newsletters.

Similar Posts You Might Like:


Need An Affordable Approach to Learning?
Save time, money and stress with our award-winning online homeschool curriculum!

Organizing with free containers (video tutorial)

Have you ever neglected to organize something because you felt like you had to spend money to do it? If this is you, you'll want to watch this video tutorial on the art of organizing using free (and nearly free) containers by Sarah Mueller of Early Bird Mom. The perfect container might be right…

FREE Family Meal Planner Collection including Weekly, Bi-Weekly, & Monthly Meal Planners, Plus More

My friend Jamerrill over at www.theencouraginghomeschoolmom.com has a great freebie for you! I do not know about you, but I LOVE meal planners!What’s included in the Family Meal Planner Collection?Lovely Weekly Meal PlannersPerfect Bi-Weekly Meal PlannersWonderful Monthly Meal PlannersPLUS, bonus grocery shopping lists and recipes cards!CLICK HERE TO GET IT NOW!!

Make Your Own Babysitting Kit with FREE Printable

If you have a child that is old enough to babysit, be sure to check out this post at The Chaos and the Clutter that talks about how to make a babysitting kit and includes a FREE printable check list.FIND IT HERE

Creating a Daily Routine for ADHD and Active Kids with FREE Printable

Many children are constantly on the go and trying to get them to settle down can be quite an undertaking. Especially when it comes to chores and school work. Can I get an amen? If your child has ADHD, you know that this is a daily struggle. Here are some helpful…

Free Social Media Contract for Kids

Deciding when kids are ready to join social media can be tough. Agreeing on the family rules when it comes to social media doesn't have to be. Head on over to Embark on the Journey and download a FREE social media contract for kids. It's available as an instant download -…

Fight Against Becoming a Burnt-out Homeschooler

Read these confessions of a burnt-out homeschooler and how to prevent it this school year. Whether you are first time homeschool mom or a seasoned vet, we could all use some help in trying to prevent or prepare for a possible feeling of being burnt-out or overwhelmed. We can organize…

Easy Gluten Free Enchiladas with Homemade Sauce + 7 {FREE} Gluten Free Recipe Books

I love Mexican food! I am so happy that going gluten free didn't prohibit me from enjoying some of my favorite dishes. I did, however, discover that citric acid gives me reactions similar to that of MSG (I get migraines), so I have to use a special type of tomato sauce when…

Dear Mom Who Can’t Afford Organic Food

Organic food is better than conventional, no doubt about it. But, what do you do when finances are tight and you're already doing everything you can to put food on the table? Read this one mom's testimony of guilt and grace. And may you find you grace on your journey.Click…

10 Great Things to Take On Your Next Camping Trip

Camping is such fun and, compared to other vacations, is quite affordable. I was in my thirties before I ever went camping...it was with much fear and trepidation that I took the jump with a lively group from church, but I had a fabulous time! It definitely takes a bit of…

5 Things You Should Do Every Single Day

Commit to do these five things daily, regardless of how stressed you are. This resource asks that we make them non-negotiables for 3-4 weeks and see if it makes a difference for us. Some days, some months, and some years, life is just very exhausting and stretching for us. I truly…

CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL NEW POSTS

Notebooking Pages Free Resources