The Home School Guide to College

What happens to a homeschooler after they finish homeschooling? The homeschoolers that choose college may face an uphill battle compared to their public-schooled peers. Going from homeschooling to college is more than just attending class. A homeschooler may never have written a paper, attended class in a typical classroom, or had to study something he/she didn’t like. As a result, they face a more difficult transition to college than a typical high school graduate.

Chris Backe has just finished writing a book called “The Homeschoolers Guide to College”. As a homeschool graduate (2000) and a recent college graduate (2004), he’s well aware of how different things are between homeschooling and college. “The Homeschoolers Guide to College” is written specifically to help the reader through the homeschooling-to-college transition, then stay with them as they journey through college.

“The Homeschoolers Guide to College” begins by talking about finishing your homeschooling, making the transition into college, a chapter for parents eyes only, and getting admitted to college. After making the transition to college, the book continues with chapters on getting started at college, the social scene, classes and writing papers. There is a chapter on the upperclassmen years and one simply called, “What’s next?”, assisting the reader through the transition from college to the real world. The book ends with helpful appendices, including a homeschool-to-college timeline, a glossary of college terms, a list of colleges that don’t require ACT/SAT test scores, and a complete checklish of what you’ll need for college.

Chris Backe is living proof that a homeschooler can successfully make the transition from homeschooling to college. After being homeschooled all the way from 1st grade through 12th grade, he successfully made the transition from homeschooling to college, was on the Dean’s List every semester, and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in four years. He is currently teaching English in Seoul, South Korea.

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2 Responses to The Home School Guide to College

  1. cj williams says:

    OK. I am just wondering. If Making the transition from home school to college is going to be so difficult, why not put the kids in public school? We all want what is best for our children and are concerned about their education, that is why some say they homeschool. I just think turning your kids loose for college at 18 is a very scary time to be letting them figure out what the world is REALLY about! They need to be prepared for college when they go! homeschoolers never write a paper WHAT??? No wonder they aren’t prepared!

  2. Chris says:

    I personally home schooled for all of high school and went to college and then got a doctorate. People say things all the time about being afraid to home school because they don’t get a diploma and colleges won’t want a GED. Not true in my experience.
    The bottom line is begin with the end in mind. Work your home school with the idea your child will need certain college skills and there will never be a conflict. Perhaps using this book long before college applications begin is the way to ensure your student is college ready.