Home-Schooled Students

Home-schooled students receive the same evaluation as other Columbia applicants – every application receives the careful attention of several members of the professional admissions staff, and decisions are made only after review by a committee of these officers. In each case, admissions officers are weighing many components of a candidate’s background: academic achievement, intellectual curiosity, extracurricular distinction, special talents and abilities and many others.

Home-schooled students must send a copy of their curriculum for the past four years. If you have been following an accredited home-school program, you must provide us with that program’s published curriculum. If you have been taking courses at a local college or other educational institution, have the official transcript from that experience submitted to Columbia. 

If you have taken classes at a local college or university or had an instructor or tutor brought in to teach one or more particular subjects, that instructor should write the recommendation letter. Otherwise, your home-schooling instructor may write it, even if s/he is your parent.

Home-schooled students should follow our Required Standardized Testing policy for the necessary tests. If you take both the ACT and any SAT Subject Tests, we encourage you to submit those Subject Test scores. We also recommend that if you have a specific area of academic interest, you submit Subject Test scores in that area of interest, if available. Your scores can assist the Admissions Committee in evaluating content knowledge and mastery in individual disciplines.

Advice from Students

I would advise students going through the college application process to trust themselves. I remember when I was applying to schools that everyone had a strong opinion: my parents' friends, my teachers, even my hairdresser. Ultimately, you know best what is right for you. Listen to what people are saying, but if you have a gut feeling that you know what you want, it's okay to ignore everyone else and follow your dreams.”

Columbia is amazing! Don’t worry about fitting in here because even if you stand out, you will find a community.”