What does a typical four-year university require of students with high school diplomas?
It’s a common question and varies very little from state to state. Here are the basics.
- 4 years of ENGLISH
- 2 to 4 years of MATH (algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus)
- 2 to 4 years of HISTORY and other SOCIAL STUDIES (sometimes called SOCIAL SCIENCE)
- 2 to 4 years of LABORATORY SCIENCE (biology, chemistry, physics)
- 2 to 4 years of FOREIGN LANGUAGE (the same foreign language)
- 1 semester of AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
- 1 semester of U.S. HISTORY
- computer skills (word processing, presentation software)
The other credits required for a diploma (or homeschooling diploma) are made up of electives, subjects the student chooses to take like DRIVER’S EDUCATION.
There are some colleges that openly discriminate against homeschooled students. You won’t find this in the brochures. You will hear about it from your homeschooling community. If you know of a university that openly discriminates against homeschoolers, please leave a comment and share your story.
Universities that Discriminate Against Homeschoolers
Oregon State University — removes homeschooled student applications from scholarship pool and admissions pool; penalizes homeschooled students with late registration and excessive holds forcing them to take six years of college for a four year degree; some professors intentionally downgrade homeschooled students; some advisors intentionally prohibit homeschooled students from taking courses necessary for their degree forcing them to change degrees; bully homeschooled students (in an adult -child relationship bullying often escalates to sexual and physical abuse)