Getting Your Homeschool Student into College
Dr. Kuni Beasley
Is your child prepared for college? Did you start planning and preparing early on, or have you waited until the last minute–eleventh and twelfth grade? Unless you have the acceptance letter in hand, then it is Dr. Beasley to the rescue.
Imagine a student with a GPA (grade point average) less than 3.0 but with mid-to high 1500 SAT scores (old scoring system). How well do you think this student did? He graduated high school at 16 and received ten scholarship offers and a West Point appointment. He went on to serve seven years with the US Army, retiring as a major in the reserves, received a BS from Texas Christian, an MBA from Oklahoma City University, a Doctor of Ministry degree at Tyndale Seminary, and a PhD from the University of Texas, Arlington. With all this college–22 years–he paid for only one semester! How did he do it? That’s what Dr. Beasley wants to share with your family in College 101.
Not only did Dr. Beasley go to college, but he was a college professor for 18 years. He learned the process and packaging that gets college and university administrators’ attention. Though homeschoolers many times rise above their public and private school peers academically, homeschool diplomas and transcripts don’t have the look of traditional school diplomas and are often put at the bottom of the pile to go over later, and later never comes. You need a strategy that gets your child noticed. And then there’s preparation–is your child prepared to take long, exhaustive tests, pore through mountains of material, and write extensively at the college level? Your child can use the same techniques Dr. Beasley used himself and has taught to hundreds of students.
Let’s start with your college strategy for your student.
The community college strategy is known as a “2 + 2″ strategy: 2 years in junior/community college and 2 years at a four-year college. The “2 + 2″ is becoming more and more popular because it provides several advantages:
Many students seek to enter four-year colleges right out of high school. The United States has the most eclectic mix of public and private colleges and universities in the world. Finding the right one might be difficult. Getting in once you have found one might be even more difficult. Things to consider when looking at four-year colleges include the following:
Most large “flagship” state colleges are joining the ranks of top-level private colleges by getting more selective with admissions. Things to consider when dealing with competitive colleges include the following:
Seeking and obtaining scholarships is difficult to almost impossible to those who don’t know how to do it . . . and easy for those who do know. Believe it or not, scholarships are more a function of positioning and packaging the student than they are of good grades and high SAT scores (which are still important).
Once this decision is made, pre-college preparation in reading, study, testing, and writing skills should begin. College or university selection, application, financing and enrollment will soon become an issue. Are AP tests better than CLEPs? Learn what 2,800 college and universities have to say. Which colleges are “looking” for students? Let Dr. Beasley answer these and many other questions about college in his College 101 Guide, FREE to TOS readers. Just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, city, and state, and you will receive Dr. Beasley’s 15-page College 101 Guide FREE via return email.