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.”

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

2017-2019 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.

Cafi Cohen’s And What About College? How Homeschooling Leads to Admissions to the Best Colleges and Universities was my go-to guide on unschooling high school and getting my sons into college at 14 and 16.

This is the latest edition (2001), so the websites are out-of-date (no biggie, you can Google those now) but the advice remains solid as a rock.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

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.

Is it possible to skip high school, pursue your dreams, and gain admission to any college of your choice?

In College Without High School Blake Boles shows how to fulfill college admission requirements by proving five preparatory results: intellectual passion, leadership, logical reasoning, background knowledge, and the capacity for structured learning. He then offers several suggestions for life-changing, confidence-building adventures that will demonstrate those results.