Homeschooled Applicants

As a homeschooled student, your application will undergo the same process as every other applicant—including the same careful attention from several members of our professional admissions staff. Decisions are made only after review by a committee of these officers. In each case, admissions officers are weighing many components of your background: academic achievement and rigor, intellectual curiosity, extracurricular distinction, special talents and abilities and many others.

As part of your application, homeschooled students must send a copy of their curriculum for the past four years. If you have been following an accredited homeschool 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. Please provide as much detail about your curriculum’s content as possible.

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 homeschooling instructor may write it, even if they are your parent.

Homeschooled students should follow our Required Standardized Testing policy for the necessary tests. If you have a specific area of academic interest, you may wish to submit Advanced Placement Test scores in that area of interest, if available. Test scores can assist the Admissions Committee in evaluating content knowledge and mastery in individual disciplines.