As a homeschooled student, applying to UF may seem like a daunting task. But you’re not alone. We’re here to help. Plenty of homeschooled students have applied to and been admitted to UF. With a little forethought and planning, your application can be highly competitive. The key to this success is a plan. Here are some tips and advice for homeschool students.
Know the Academic Requirements
UF looks for a strong, academically challenging senior schedule. Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment classes are particularly encouraged as they help to prepare students for higher education. You should be able to validate secondary learning outcomes in English, mathematics, science, social studies and a foreign language. More specifically minimum admission requirements to UF include the following 16 academic units:
- 4 English
- 4 Math
- 3 Science
- 3 Social Science
- 2 Foreign Language (same language)
Prepare your Academic Credentials
Mastery of the of the 5 subject areas listed above is usually demonstrated by an official school transcript. The transcript should contain a list courses attempted, a measure of performance (traditionally course grades), and a validation of mastery or learning outcomes (usually expressed as “credit earned”). If your transcript is not accredited by a regional agency recognized by UF, then you will be asked to provide evidence of mastery of learning outcomes through means other than, or in addition to, the transcript. There are three alternative ways to demonstrate mastery:
- SAT Subject tests (Validation in English is accomplished with SAT Writing or ACT with Writing. Students planning to use SAT Subject Tests should present results from the Math Level 2 test.)
- Courses completed and graded through Florida Virtual School
- Coursework from a regionally accredited community college or university
Create a Timeline for Required Exams
Depending on an applicant’s academic background, there may be multiple test requirements.
- ACT or SAT. One of these tests is required for all incoming freshman. UF accepts both and has no preference. There is no limit on the number of times a student may take the tests and the writing sections are no longer required.
- SAT Subject Matter Tests. While homeschool transcripts are accepted, SAT subject tests are required to demonstrate proficiency in all subject matter areas, unless the student has taken 2 or more classes in those subjects from a regionally accredited entity. A student can only take two SAT subject tests at a time and it can take several weeks for UF to receive the official scores, so it is critical to have a plan for taking these tests if needed.
It’s never too early to start
From the 9th grade forward, begin keeping a log or journal of activities, involvement, participation and awards. It is easy to forget what happened last month, much less two years ago.
Share your passion, goals and dream. The power of the Gator Nation is rooted in the passion of its students and alumni. We want to know what makes you unique and how you are going to change the world. There is no magic formula for the personal statement. We want insights into you.
We Take a Holistic Approach
While academic credentials are important, UF looks at non-academic pursuits and accomplishments as well.