Frequently Asked Questions
How are homeschooled students considered for admission?
admit homeschooled students based on high school GPA and SAT/ACT scores, just
like all other freshman applicants. While academic record is the primary
determinant, we also take a student’s extracurricular activities and personal
record into consideration. As a college dedicated to strong academics and
the value of meaningful work done well, we encourage applicants to submit a
resume of work, volunteer service and/or academic activities along with other
information that helps define the applicant.
How should I submit my transcript as a homeschooled student?
from homeschooled students should list all high school-equivalent classes by
school year (freshman year, sophomore year, etc.), complete with the title of each
course, credits received and grades earned, as well as the anticipated date of
high school graduation. Courses that are in progress should also be listed on
the transcript so that we know what classes you plan to complete during your
final year of high school.
What kind of high school curriculum are you looking for from homeschooling applicants?
We recommend the following high school courses as the best preparation for students pursuing enrollment at Berry:
- 4 years of English (grammar, composition, literature, etc)
- 4 years of Mathematics (to include Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry or Trigonometry, and a fourth level of math that exceeds Algebra II, such as Algebra III, Advanced Algebra/Trig, PreCalculus, Calculus or Statistics)
- 3 years of Social Sciences (such as history courses, economics, government, civics, geography, psychology and sociology)
- 3 years of Natural Sciences (such as biology, chemistry, physical science, physics, environmental science, anatomy, etc)
- 2 years of Foreign Languages (we recommend two years of the same language, and we will accept languages such as Spanish, French, German, Latin, American Sign Language, etc)
Does Berry accept homeschooled students who graduate from non-accredited programs?
Yes! Homeschooled students do not have to graduate from an accredited homeschool program to be considered for admission to Berry. However, if a homeschool student is graduating from an accredited association that provides transcripts and a college counselor, he or she should submit the association’s transcript and should have the counselor complete the Counselor Recommendation form. Please note, if the association does not list all high school classes (complete with grades), please be sure to submit a separate homeschool transcript with these courses and grades earned so that we have a complete record of all high school curriculum.
Who should complete my personal recommendations as a homeschooled applicant?
Your Berry College Personal Recommendation Form should be completed by two different adults who know you well, but are not relatives of yours. Homeschooled students often ask employers, church leaders, coaches, fine arts instructors, teachers or scout leaders to complete the recommendations for their application to Berry.
I am taking college courses as part of my homeschool curriculum. Will I receive credits toward my Berry degree for these classes?
If you attend a
regionally-accredited institution and earn a grade of "C" or better
in courses equivalent to those offered toward a Berry degree, you will likely
receive credits for these courses. You will need to submit an official
transcript from the college/university attended once the official grades become
available. Credits earned for a grade of "C" or better in
courses equivalent to Berry's "General Education Requirements" are most likely to transfer.
For a list of courses that have
been accepted in the past, you can use the TES. For a complete
guide on how to use this system, please see our Transfer
Who should I contact for more information?
Charlotte Ellard, Coordinator for Homeschool Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.