Colorado Homeschoolers: Preparing for College

Unschoolers in College
Pam Sorooshian, mother of 3 unschooled kids who excelled in college, shares her and her kids’ experiences. “Unschooling seemed to have given them HUGE advantages in college. They were, frankly, shocked at the poor preparation and attitudes of most other students.” What About College? How Homeschooling Leads to Admissions to the Best Colleges and Universities Veteran homeschool mom Cafi Cohen’s book was my go-to guide on unschooling high school and getting kids into college at 14 and 16.

This is the latest edition (2001), so the websites are way out-of-date (no biggie, you can Google them) but the advice remains solid as a rock. I’ve never read a better book on preparing homeschoolers for college.

Unschooling to College
As difficult as it might be to swallow for those of us raised within that system, the thirteen years kids spend locked away in school classrooms “to prepare them for college” are not at all necessary.

College Prep Genius
Full Scholarship — those two words could change your life. Getting free college can be like winning the lottery. For many students, MasterTheSATgetting just one good scholarship offer could be the difference between community college and the university of their choice.

Colorado Universities and Colleges That Accept Homeschoolers and Unschoolers

Colorado School of Mines (Golden)
If you are home-schooled or if your high school does not rank or give grades, they will work with you to fairly evaluate your record. In these cases, they will usually rely more heavily on your ACT or SAT scores.

Colorado State University (Ft. Collins)
CSU does not have any admissions requirements that are unique to homeschoolers. The admission process for homeschoolers is basically the same as for public and private school students.

Colorado College (Colorado Springs)
They do not require an official high school diploma or GED for admission consideration, and have had students apply after three years of high school or with some combination of high school record and other kinds of assessments. Homeschooler applications are welcome.

College Admissions Tests

Upcoming SAT Testing Dates
When and where the SAT exams will be offered, and more importantly, what subject areas will be tested? Not all SAT exams cover the same material.

SAT or ACT: Which To Choose?
The SAT and ACT are significantly different tests. You may perform much better on one than the other, depending on your particular strengths and weaknesses.

ACT vs. SAT: A Side-by-Side Comparison Chart
An easy-to-scan listing of which subjects carry more weight, how long the sections of the tests take, what the scoring range is for each test.

What does the SAT measure? Aptitude? Achievement? Anything?
The ups and downs of the SAT.