Of all of the questions that prospective homeschoolers ask, this is probably one of the most common. For moms and dads who know very little about homeschooling, it is only natural to wonder if, down the road, some 12 or 15 years from now, homeschooling will actually pay off.
The pay off meaning success. Fulfillment, happiness, the ability to learn, the satisfaction of doing what they love, of course. But, ultimately, for many families, success is all about college acceptance.
The answer is a resounding yes. Fact is, homeschoolers actually have a leg up when it comes to college acceptance. Not only do homeschoolers get accepted into college, but they get accepted into the “good” ones, too.
If that isn’t enough, homeschoolers tend to perform exceedingly well in college. This alone is the primary reason that colleges and universities actively recruit homeschooled grads to attend. And offer scholarships. And make the admissions process as transparent and natural as possible, so that homeschoolers can apply just like any other high school graduates. Not that homeschoolers need to look like other high school grads on applications, because they don’t. And that’s fine, too.
The statistics about homeschooled graduates are indisputable and reassuring. The National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI), for example, studies homeschoolers that go on to college. In the book, Home Educated and Now Adults, NHERI researcher and author Brian Ray reports an astonishing number of homeschooled graduates who enter college (almost 75%), which is almost double the number of the rest of the population of 18-24 year olds. Further, homeschooled grads tend to score higher on college entrance exams (SAT and ACT) and ultimately succeed in college at least as well, if not more, than their counterparts once they get there.
Much has been written about homeschooler success in college. Myths that these students are different and therefore denied college and/or scholarships are fiction and could not be farther from the truth.
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