Statistics On Homeschooling -
Will It Help Me Prepare For College?

What do statistics on homeschooling indicate about college? Will your homeschooled child find it harder to gain entrance into college, or will he or she struggle academically once there?

Examine these statistics and observations, and wave good-by to your concerns!

  • On the SAT, Homeschoolers score 67 points above the national average. Homeschoolers also outperform all other students on the ACT.
  • The conclusions of Dr. Rhonda Galloway, BJU English professor, after researching 180 first-time, homeschooled BJU students:“In my study, they did as well as, if not better than, the other students..."I think the edge home schooled children have over conventionally educated students - whether Christian or public - is that they’re not afraid to ask questions; they speak their minds and they have to be readers because they’re so involved in the self-teaching aspect."They’re more independent. When they have a question not answered in the classroom, they’ll go out and find out more or they’ll pester the teacher until she finds out.”
  • 68% of US universities now accept parent-prepared transcripts.
  • Stanford University in the fall of 1999 accepted 27% of homeschooled applicants. This is twice the acceptance rate of publicly and privately schooled students.
  • Homeschooled students at Boston University had an average GPA of 3.3, and Kennesaw State University confirms that the GPA’s of their homeschooled students are significantly higher than the average.
  • “Homeschoolers bring certain skills: motivation, curiosity, the capacity to be responsible for their education - that high schools don't induce very well” Daniel Golden, Wall Street Journal

What Dr. J. Wile, Ph.D., Noticed About His Homeschooled Students at the University Level:

  • They were much more eager to learn.
  • They sought me out for help and (mostly) additional instruction.
  • They were not afraid to tackle a problem that was not covered in class.
  • They were more mature when it came to taking responsibility for their own learning.
  • They actually read the book!

Conclusion: Serious schools are actually recruiting homeschoolers.

They want good students and know how to find them.

Statistics on homeschooling indicate that your homeschooled child will have a much better chance of being accepted at Princeton, Stanford, or Harvard than a student who has a public or private education.

And - to top it off - they will also have a much better chance of being near the top of their class!

Glad to be dad,

LaVerne

All statistics in this article are from the handout to a speech entitled “Homeschooling: The Solution to our Education Problem”, by Dr. Jay L. Wile, Ph.D., Apologia Educational Ministries.

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