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Home Schooled Applicants FAQ

  1. Does the University of Illinois admit home school graduates?
    • Yes, we encourage home schooled students to apply to the University.
  2. Is the University interested in having home schoolers apply?
    • We are very interested in having talented, well-qualified applicants from a variety of settings.  Home schoolers would provide a diversity of academic experiences to the campus.
  3. How many home schoolers have you admitted?
    • Approximately 30-40 home school students are admitted each year.  A limit is not set on how many home schooled students can be admitted.  The best qualified applicants from the applicant pool will be selected for admission.
  4. What are your admission requirements for home schooled applicants?
    • Home school applicants are reviewed on an individual basis, similar to all other freshman applicants. A completed application and application fee or fee waiver, and official test scores will need to be submitted for your application to be considered complete. Please see our freshman admission requirements for additional information.
  5. Do you require the GED?
    • The Admissions Review Committee and the Office of Admissions reviews each application. If a student is eligible to take the GED, we require the student to provide the results to us. If a student is not eligible to take the GED, we continue to look very closely at the student’s other application requirements. The strength of the test scores, type of home school experience, and application essays all go into making this decision.
  6. Would you accept a letter of recommendation from the parent when the parent is the primary instructor?
    • No, we do not accept letters of recommendation. Unsolicited materials, including letters of recommendation, will be removed from the file and discarded before the application is reviewed.
  7. What can home schoolers do to strengthen their high school preparation?
    • Augmenting the home school experience with some more traditional schooling experiences, such as community or local college coursework or selected courses at the local high school, can be helpful. Taking Advanced Placement exams can substantiate the strength of preparation and may also result in earning college credit.
  8. Can home schoolers compete successfully for academic scholarships?
    • All applicants for admission will automatically be considered for any merit-based scholarships. Most colleges and departments use the high school percentile rank as a significant factor when considering students for scholarships. Since home schooled students will not have a class rank, we will place more weight on other factors such as test scores, activities, awards, community service, etc.

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