William & Mary is happy to accept and review applications from students who have been home-schooled. We feel that in order to strive for the most diverse student population here at William & Mary, all students should be given the same opportunities for education.
A student who has been home-schooled will be subject to the same review as a student applying from a traditional high school. There are no special requirements for home-schooled students. There are however a few things that we suggest from our home-schooled applicants.
- Just like students from a traditional high school, we like to see you challenging yourself in whatever program you have chosen. Many home-school applicants choose to do this by taking courses such as Calculus, Physics and Composition at a local community college. Also, exposure to foreign language should be a part of your coursework. We like to see students taking 4 high school years of a single foreign language (4 college semesters). So taking upper intermediate level courses (201 and 202 level) at a community college would be helpful as well.
- We will need some type of evaluative tool to measure how well you have done in your program. The admissions committee understands that an "official" transcript may not be available. We will need some type of transcript and/or course descriptions so that we can fully understand your program and what was used to determine proficiency in each academic area.
- As a part of our application a counselor recommendation is required. Although you may not have a counselor as a home-schooled student, we would like to receive a recommendation letter from someone who is not the parent or guardian. This recommender can be a teacher/tutor or the advisor of an activity in which you participate.
- The admission committee also recommends, but does not require, SAT II subject tests. This will allow us to receive more information regarding proficiency in some of the core academic subject areas (Math, Lab Sciences, English, etc.). Because each home-school program is different, subject tests provide the committee with an additional standardized measure of your ability in these different areas.
If you have any more questions about home-schooled students in the admission process, feel free to contact [[detrot, Associate Dean David Trott]].