Homeschool Admissions Information
How are homeschooled students considered for admission? We 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 defines the applicant.
How should I submit my transcript as a homeschooled student? Transcripts from homeschooled students should list all high school-equivalent classes by grade, 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)
What grades and test scores do I need for admission to Berry as a homeschooled student? Most current Berry freshmen had a 3.0 or better in their core high school classes and either a 1100 or better (Math and Critical Reading) on the SAT or a 24 composite on the ACT. While we do not require both the SAT and the ACT for admission consideration, we encourage every applicant to take more than one exam to maximize potential for both admission and scholarship opportunities.
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 Forms 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. Courses equivalent to Berry’s “General Education” requirements are most likely to transfer in as credits with a grade of C or better: Please note: Berry currently does not offer college credits for courses completed online.
Do many homeschool students attend Berry? We have a wide range of educational backgrounds in our student community. Our students come from public schools, private schools, international schools and other colleges or universities. We currently have more than 100 Berry students who homeschooled during high school (out of about 1,800 undergraduate students). In fact, homeschool represents the largest “feeder school” for our current freshman class.
Who should I contact for more information? Berry College Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.BERRY.GA