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How Homeschoolers Can Gain Admission to Elite Universities

How Homeschoolers Can Gain Admission to Elite Universities
How Homeschoolers Can Gain Admission to Elite Universities Is your student interested in attending an Ivy League school? Do you think they have what it takes? Here’s what’s required:  a gifted student with a strong work ethic, a lot of parental effort (especially with record-keeping), rigorous academics, high test scores, demonstrated leadership, activities that are measurable, a passion in something outside academics, a fabulous essay, great letters of recommendation (military academies require a recommendation by members of...
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3 College Application Tips

3 College Application Tips
Getting ready to send in your college applications? How about a few quick tips to get you started?!  1. Modify your college application essays Many colleges have similar essay prompts. You can reuse essays for applications to different colleges, and save lots of trouble by writing fewer essays. At the same time, though, make sure to personalize the essay to the specific college you are applying to. So first, write the essay. Then modify the essay,...
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Guest — Colleen
We've had everything ready to go for awhile, but have had to wait for his college calculus professor to turn in his letter of reco... Read More
Thursday, 30 October 2014 17:16
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
That's so frustrating, Colleen! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 09:10
Guest — TIM
I just published my own list of college application "hacks." Recognizing the common areas of information that schools require is ... Read More
Thursday, 30 October 2014 09:07
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CLEP, Community College Credits, and Scholarships

CLEP, Community College Credits, and Scholarships
CLEP exams, Community College, and Scholarships can be confusing to sort out when homeschooling high school. Wouldn't it be nice if there was just one single source for information, so you could figure it all out easily? It seems like there is conflicting information out there! I attended your classes at the recent Homeschool Conference in Cincinnati. Just noticed your post on facebook and read the entire article (ReduceCollege Expenses with CLEP and CollegePlus! ) You...
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Guest — Ann
What we have found at many colleges is that the big scholarships go to incoming freshmen. This means that all of the college cour... Read More
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 19:48
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Terrific information, Ann! Thank you for sharing! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:40
Guest — Edna
What does CC mean?
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 18:07
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Letters of Recommendation for Homeschoolers

Letters of Recommendation for Homeschoolers
How to get great letters of recommendation for your homeschooler. Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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Guest — JW
LOL, next time someone says something about socialization, I'll just point them to this video - you're advocating what's known as ... Read More
Saturday, 20 July 2013 12:00
Guest — Lee
Hi Ellen! Fun to see a friend "in real life" on my blog, LOL! Yes, it's OK to send the letters before the transcript! Your appl... Read More
Friday, 19 July 2013 11:58
Guest — Ellen Joslin
Thanks for the tips for Letters of Recommendation. I especially like your tip on furnishing the student's activity list, etc. to t... Read More
Friday, 19 July 2013 11:36
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Transcripts or Course Descriptions?

Transcripts or Course Descriptions?
   Although most homeschool students utilize transcripts for college admissions, many students are also now submitting a homeschool portfolio when they apply to colleges.  What’s the difference, and why should you use a portfolio?  In general, a transcript is a one-page piece of paper that gives a college the opportunity to get a snapshot of your student, and decide whether they get a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down on admissions.  A portfolio, also known as a comprehensive...
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Ivy League Admission

Ivy League Admission
Ivy League Admission   Is your child headed toward Ivy League schools?  This information may help!The "true" Ivy League schools are Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale.Do your research early in high school to find out exactly what they want in their applicants, and do your best to give it to them.  Here are examples of Ivy League homeschool admission policies.Brown FAQ for HomeschoolersI suggest thorough course descriptions and extra subject tests.Columbia Admission...
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May Day is Important to Seniors

May Day is Important to Seniors
 So many holidays in May!  For parents with young children, you may be thinking about May Day and celebrating with flowers.  Moms of all ages are thinking about Mother's Day .  Patriotic Parents are thinking about Memorial Day. But parents of seniors have a special day to remember, called the National Candidates Reply Deadline.On May 1, high school seniors who have been offered college admission have to make their final decision. Most students have until that...
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Homeschooling High School: Planning Ahead for the College Application Process

Homeschooling High School: Planning Ahead for the College Application Process
Sharon asked me about  how she should plan ahead for the college application process.  She didn't want to miss a huge piece and make any huge mistakes.  Is this a question you have too? I hope this video post can help you both.   Get a Free 20 minute weekly phone consultation with me as part of your Gold Care Club membership. http://www.thehomescholar.com/gold-care.php
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Scholarships Come in Waves

Scholarships Come in Waves
Seniors are usually starting to hear back from colleges. I hope you find out fantastic news regarding acceptances as well as scholarships.Following the excitement from hearing about admission and scholarships, all of a sudden the reality of finances comes crashing down on parents. Even with a scholarship, just how can you pay for college?It’s important to keep relaxed, even though you have been told an initial communication concerning scholarships. Since the truth is that scholarships come...
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Senior Year Grades on the Transcript

Senior Year Grades on the Transcript
Senior year feels so awkward.  You have to submit the transcript during applications, but your child is still in the middle of senior year!  What do you do with the classes they are currently taking?Hey, Lee-I wanted to tell you that Evan's interview at Grove City back in Sept. went well and the Admissions person loved my notebook with course descriptions and said that's exactly what they want to see. He said to send it when...
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hi Leanne-- If I were applying as an undergraduate, I would be very interested in Grove City! That said, I wanted to mention tha... Read More
Saturday, 05 November 2011 13:20
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How Colleges View Transcripts

How Colleges View Transcripts
Whenever colleges are looking over students to admit, it’s quite a lengthy and arduous process for them. Rather unpleasant, they point out! They typically have only a couple of minutes to make a thumbs-up or thumbs-down on an applicant. For that reason, the transcript might be the only section of information they utilize for that determination.The transcript is designed to whet their appetite. Do they want more of your student? or not?Similar to an appetizer prior...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Tee, You don't have to set up a time - if you purchased The Total Transcript Solution, you get a free 20 minute phone consult... Read More
Monday, 09 December 2013 06:39
Guest — Tee Jenkins
Thanks Lee!! I needed to read this today (December 7th, Sunday 9:43 a.m.) as I have been seriously dragging my feet on completing... Read More
Sunday, 08 December 2013 06:44
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The Comprehensive Record is the Key to Success!

The Comprehensive Record is the Key to Success!
We have written extensively the reason documenting your homeschool student’s comprehensive record is an intelligent suggestion for every college bound homeschool family.  Below are five final reasons you really should give it some consideration:*College admissions is a high stakes, extremely competitive game and you need to put your best foot forward because it helps to set your student apart.*Homeschooling provides students with a few  specific as well as quantifiable advantages that don’t always shine through in...
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Social Security Requests

Social Security Requests
You are not by law required to supply your social security number when applying for a college. Schools are not required to ask for it. It is going to be necessary for a college loan, but it should not be necessary for a college application. That’s exactly why I advise that you do NOT put a social security number on your transcript.To find out more, read this document from the Social Security Administration: Legal requirements to...
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Important Dates

Important Dates
Seniors – Fill out an application for College and Register for TestsIt normally takes a rather long time to finish a college application form. Get started right now, and mail the application in as soon as the colleges begin taking applications. Financial decisions could possibly turn out to be made “first come first served” and applying early might possibly enable you to obtain the most beneficial financial aid package. Sign up for ACT test by September...
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I know - and I've watched your business grow from day one, I've read your Home Scholar blog all these years, I have at least one o... Read More
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 06:03
Guest — Lee
Joelle, that is SO EXCITING! I knew your sweetie was getting TALL but she's also getting older at the same time?? How does that ... Read More
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Guest — J W
I copied this text to my personal files and bookmarked this page so I can have a rough idea of what to do when. We now officially... Read More
Monday, 29 August 2011 18:14
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Homeschooling Teens – Colleges Seek Independent Homeschoolers

Homeschooling Teens – Colleges Seek Independent Homeschoolers
Stanford University Magazine had a write-up regarding a gifted homeschool student.  I love this quotation: “It’s the spark, the passion, that sets the truly exceptional student-the one driven to pursue independent research and explore difficult concepts from a very early age-apart from your typical bright kid.  Stanford wants students who have it.  Looking very closely at homeschoolers is one way to get more of those special minds, the admission office has discovered."  As Reider explains it:...
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