A few weeks ago I spoke to Stefanie Tuder of the Daily Freepress: The Independent Student Newspaper of Boston University about a story she was writing about the college application process for homeschoolers. I agreed to talk to her and asked her to let me know when the story was published. She contacted me last night and in my opinion, she wrote a decent article.
The article, For home-schooled students, application follows different track published in the The Daily Freepress by Stefanie Tuder, [Boston, MA] 22 March 2007 explains the different application process that homeschoolers sometimes utilize while applying to various colleges. Ms. Tuder explains the process well, stating that, When it is time for home-schooled students to survey their higher education options, they face different admissions requirements depending on the colleges to which they apply — some schools require them to compose portfolios explaining their educational background, but some do not require a high school diploma or GED.
Floating between these two scenarios is Boston University, which does not have a separate application pool for home-schooled students.
Boston University’s Assistant Admissions Director Erin Holmes states that they usually have between 45-50 homeschool applicants apply to BU and that approximately 45 to 50 percent are admitted compared to the total percent of applicants accepted which is 58 percent.
Boston School of Education interim dean Charles Glenn was quoted as saying: It’s generally recognized that home-schoolers who show evidence that they learned a lot are very welcome because universities know that they can work independently . . . often, applicants who went through high school never worked on their own.
I was quoted later in the article:
Home Education Magazine Public Relations Manager Mary Nix, a parent of home-schoolers, said she believes public and private universities are accepting of home-schooled students’ situations.
“Perhaps [home-schooled students] have to be more creative at times due to lack of public-school credentials,” she said, “but I believe that once they meet with counselors, talk to them and show what they have done, there isn’t a problem.”
Nix said there should not be national guidelines for home-schooled applicants.
“For the most part, I think that home education has been accepted as academically legitimate,” she said. “After all, if they are there doing the work, why would others even know they have been home-educated?”
The article can be accessed at the Daily Freepress: The Independent Student Newspaper of Boston University, but you will have to register to read it.
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