We individually evaluate homeschooled students on the same basis as students from public and private schools, using the same academic standards. The most important factors we consider are:
- Curriculum (academic coursework)
- Transcripts (grades and cumulative GPA)
- Standardized test scores (SAT or ACT)*
- Application essay
*Admission to IU is now test-optional, however homeschooled students are still required to provide SAT or ACT scores.
COVID-19 Update: If you weren't able to take the ACT or SAT and applied test-optional for the November 1 early action (non-binding) deadline for fall 2021, we have updated our process to allow you to have test scores considered until January 15. Note, any existing offer of admission will not be impacted by the receipt of test scores.
If you apply for the February 1 regular decision deadline for fall 2021 and haven’t been able to take the SAT or ACT, we recommend that you apply test-optional and complete the application without test scores. If you are able to test at a later date and would like to report those scores, we have updated our process to allow you to do so. To learn more about this option visit our test-optional website.
We realize that the transcripts of homeschooled students may be different from those of traditional high school students. Regardless of format, your transcript should include:
- All courses taken, including those in progress, and the academic year and semester in which each was taken
- Assessment of performance (letter grades, percentages, portfolio commentary, etc.) and an explanation of any applicable grading scales
In some cases, you may be asked to submit additional information describing your curriculum, such as detailed course descriptions and texts used. If you have completed coursework concurrently at a high school or college, please include official transcript(s) from the institution(s) with your application.
If you have questions regarding the review of homeschooled applicants or would like more information, please contact us!