Home-Schooled Applicant FAQ

Does the University of Illinois admit home school graduates?

Yes, we encourage you to apply to the university.

Is the university interested in having home schoolers apply?

We’re very interested in having talented, well-qualified applicants from a variety of settings. Your academic experiences help bring diversity to our campus.

How many home schoolers have you admitted?

Approximately 60 to 70 home-schooled students are admitted each year. We don’t set a limit on how many can be admitted. The most qualified students in our applicant pool will be selected for admission.

What are your admission requirements for home-schooled applicants?

You’re reviewed on an individual basis, similar to all other freshman applicants. A completed application, application fee or fee waiver, and official test scores need to be submitted for your application to be considered complete. See our application process for more information.

Do you require the GED?

The Admissions Review Committee and the Office of Admissions reviews each application. If you’re eligible to take the GED, we require you to provide us with the results. If you’re not eligible to take the GED, we continue to look very closely at your other application requirements. The strength of your test scores, type of home school experience, and application essays all go into making this decision.

Will you accept a letter of recommendation from a parent if he or she is my primary instructor?

No, we don’t accept letters of recommendation. We’ll remove any unsolicited materials, including letters of recommendation, from your file before reviewing your application.

What can I do to strengthen my high school preparation?

You can augment your home-school experience with some more traditional schooling experiences, such as community or local college coursework or selected courses at a local high school. Taking Advanced Placement exams can confirm that you’re prepared and may also result in earning college credit.

Can I compete successfully for academic scholarships?

All of our applicants, including home-schooled students, will automatically be considered for any merit-based scholarships. We'll consider your curriculum and grades at your home school and any college coursework you may have taken prior to enrollment. We'll also consider your test scores, involvement, awards, and essay.