Home Schooled Students
Holy Cross College welcomes applications from homeschooled students wishing to pursue a liberal arts education. We recognize the important contributions made by homeschoolers both in the classroom and as part of student life and make a deliberate effort to accommodate the special circumstances of homeschoolers during the admission process. This page outlines some suggestions for homeschoolers wishing to apply to Holy Cross which may apply equally to applications to other colleges and universities. Begin your Online Application
If you are completing your high school education under the umbrella of a diploma-granting organization, you will need to submit evidence of the coursework completed and your level of performance. If you are not connected with any such institution, you may submit your GED or HSED as evidence of completing a commonly-accepted body of secondary coursework.
In the absence of either transcript information, GED, or HSED the admission office has the difficult task of evaluating your work without having any statistical evidence comparing your performance and your choice of secondary curriculum to those of your peers. To help us evaluate your level of preparation for college-level work, you will need to present us with a portfolio of the work you consider most indicative of your academic achievements. This may contain records such as grades from community college or other post-secondary level courses that you may have taken, scores from AP tests (these are also administered independently of schools), recommendations from qualified tutors or teachers, examples of independent research, evidence of completed units in science, mathematics or other academic subjects, or descriptions of books and other curricular materials used and mastered in preparation for college-level courses.
We have found test results from SAT and/or ACT to be helpful in ascertaining our homeschooled applicants' academic preparedness. To that end, we encourage homeschooled students to submit their standardized test results with their applications for admission.
Letters of recommendation
Letters of recommendation are particularly important for homeschooled applicants, and we encourage you to select your recommenders very carefully. They should be qualified to evaluate you not only as a student but as an individual and member of the community. They should be able to describe specific activities in which you participated together and to evaluate your performance through the eyes of experience and objective judgment. In the absence of conventional records, the only way we can understand what you bring to Holy Cross is to have it explained clearly and without prejudice.