Each college’s admission requirements will vary some, but for most college admission applications, you should be prepared to compile and provide:
- High school transcript
- ACT or SAT scores
- Recommendation letters
- Personal statement or essays
- Answer to an essay question proposed by the school
Students can get their online high school transcripts by reaching out to their virtual school and requesting their transcripts.
In addition to a transcript of your high school courses and grades, college admission offices might ask for details about homeschooling programs, why the student chose homeschooling, and how they structured their studies. Colleges will also want some proof that your online school was accredited, which Connections Academy® students can proudly provide.
The second semester of your junior year is also a good time to reach out to one or two favorite or inspiring teachers to ask for a letter of recommendation. It is often recommended to contact a teacher who has worked closely with you and has seen you grow and develop through the year instead of specifically choosing a teacher who gave you an “A.” It’s also a good idea to ask a teacher who taught you the subject most relevant to your academic goals.
If a college requires a personal statement or another form of essay, this is your chance to showcase your personality. Two old sayings apply well to writing the college essay:
- Write what you know
- There’s no time like the present (i.e., get started now!)
One guide to writing college essays says, “experts emphasize the importance of being concise, coherent, congenial, honest, and accurate. An applicant should also flex some intellectual muscle and include vivid details or anecdotes.”
Not sure where to start? Check out Connections Academy’s very own teacher-taught tips on how to start an essay, including our super simple sandwich outline.