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Homeschool Students

Taylor’s community thrives on creativity, relational authenticity, and a genuine enthusiasm about integrating faith and learning. It’s an environment where you can build upon your passion for learning and unique high school experiences.

Our 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio enables students to build strong relationships with classmates and professors. The intentional community within our residence halls, where freshmen through seniors live together, feels like family. 

Applying to Taylor

Good news! The application process for a homeschool student is the same as it is for any other student. Applications will be reviewed with or without the submission of ACT, SAT, or CLT test scores. More information about Taylor's "preferred, but flexible" approach can be found on the Apply page. 

Homeschool College Application Requirements

  • Complete Online Application
  • Provide the name and contact information for a pastor, mentor, or any adult (not a family member) who can speak of your spiritual walk. We may reach out to them to complete the reference form.
  • Official High School Transcript*
  • Test Scores—SAT, ACT, and/or CLT—optional (For a 20% discount on the CLT, use code TAYLORU.)
  • Academic Reference Form (.pdf)—optional

*If the homeschool curriculum has been with an organized program or published curriculum, this should be specified on the transcript. In the absence of such a program or curriculum, a course description and/or reading list for each class should accompany the transcript.

Evaluation Process

All students are evaluated by the same set of standards. Academic preparedness and achievement are examined through the applicant’s grade point average, class rank (if applicable), and SAT, ACT, or CLT scores. Challenging curriculum, including advanced placement and dual credit courses from a college, will be given special consideration.

Students applying to Taylor should complete a challenging academic course load including the following:

Homeschool Academic Preparation for College
English 4 years
Mathematics 3-4 years; algebra, geometry, advanced algebra, calculus, or trigonometry
Laboratory Science 3-4 years; biology, chemistry, or physics
Social Science 2 years; American History, European History, government, sociology, psychology, or economics
Foreign Language 2 years strongly recommended
Music Introductory course strongly recommended
Art Introductory course strongly recommended

Homeschool Students' Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a separate application for homeschool applicants?

No. Homeschool applicants fill out and submit the same application as all other applicants.

Are there separate requirements for homeschool students?

No. There are no separate or additional requirements for homeschool applicants.

Are there homeschool students at Taylor?

Yes! Over 8% of this year’s incoming freshman class is made up of homeschool students.

What items should be included on a homeschool transcript?

The homeschool transcript should include the following information: personal and homeschool information (including anticipated/actual graduation date), the courses completed (including course title, final grade, and credits earned), an academic summary (total credits and cumulative grade point average), and an authorized signature and date. View sample transcript.

*If the homeschool curriculum has been with an organized program or published curriculum, this should be specified on the transcript. In the absence of such a program or curriculum, a course description and/or reading list for each class should accompany the transcript.

Are there any special scholarships for homeschool students?

Though Taylor does not offer specific scholarships for homeschool students, there are outside scholarship opportunities available.

Do AP/dual credit courses count for credit at Taylor?

Homeschool students can receive credit for AP and CLEP exams with appropriate scores. Email admissions@taylor.edu to request a credit evaluation form.

Who should fill out the academic reference form?

If needed, an academic reference form can be completed by the person or representative responsible for tracking academic records. View Academic Reference Form.

What's the best way to prepare for college?

Homeschool parents and students can check out our “College Preparation Checklist” for recommendations on how to reduce stress and be prepared.

Questions?

Andy Gammons

Executive Director of Admissions

  • MEd, College Student Affairs Leadership, Grand Valley State University (2003)
  • BA, Spanish, Taylor University (1999)
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