Saturday, July 28, 2012

Can A Homeschool Student Succeed in College?

The misconceptions about homeschooling families are like mosquitoes; extremely annoying and too numerous to count. One of the most popular myths about homeschooled kids is that they're not properly socialized, won't fit in with their peers, and aren't prepared for life beyond lessons from Mommy at the kitchen table. Here are some comforting facts and statistics for homeschoolers from The Journal of College Admission:

Homeschool Students Have Better College GPA's

The study conducted by Michael Cogan, the director of institutional research and analysis at the University of St. Thomas, shows that homeschool students not only earn a higher average GPA the first semester at college than other freshmen, they maintain the GPA advantage all the way through their senior year.

Homeschool Students Are More Likely To Graduate College

66.7% of homeschoolers who start college will earn a degree, compared to 57.5% of their peers.

Homeschool Students Do Better on the SAT and ACT

The homeschool average on both the SAT and ACT have been consistently higher than the national average. These standardized tests are an important factor in college admissions and financial aid.

Homeschool Students Are More Likely To Attend College

According to studies done by the HLDA, 74% of homeschool students will earn college credits, compared to 46% of their peers.

For all those well-meaning friends and family, (or those nosy acquaintances!) who fret about homeschoolers not being "socialized":

Homeschool Students Are More Likely to Participate in Community Activities, and More Likely To Vote As Adults!

This information comes from a study of over 7,300 adults who are homeschool graduates.

All in all, the data on homeschooling through to college is very positive. Because homeschooled kids can learn at their own pace in every subject, many are able to earn some college credits before they even finish high school. Many universities specifically seek out homeschool students because of their high success rates in secondary education, and most colleges will accept a portfolio in place of high school transcripts (including Harvard, Princeton, Brown, and other top-notch schools). Parents can feel good about their decision to educate their own children; when the achievements of homeschool students are weighed against those of their public-school peers, the kitchen table doesn't look so bad after all!

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