At Babson College, we realize that families have varied reasons for choosing to home school their children. We value all educational learning plans, but also need to be certain that each admitted student is fully prepared for the rigors of Babson's curriculum. Therefore, home schooled students who wish to apply to Babson must meet certain eligibility requirements.
All applicants must be qualified to study at the post-secondary level. To qualify, a student must have one or more of the following:
- A high school diploma
- The recognized equivalent of a high school diploma, typically a General Education Development (GED) certificate
- A completed secondary home school program (with state completion credential, if applicable*)
* Though home schooled students are not considered to have a high school diploma or equivalent, they are eligible to apply to Babson if their secondary school education was in a home school that state law treats as a home or private school. Some states issue a secondary school completion credential to home schooled students. If this is the case in the state where the student was home schooled he/she must obtain this credential in order to enroll.
If the student's state does not issue a secondary school completion credential, a student may request that a portfolio of their work be reviewed by the Admission Committee. The Committee will review the credentials in the context of our selective application pool with regard to our expectations of adequate secondary school preparedness.
Requirements and Suggestions
In addition to all required materials for a first-year applicant, home schooled students must submit the following additional required documents:
- All applicants must complete the home-school-supplement
- All applicants must submit an additional letter of recommendation from a non-family member
While tests in addition to the SAT or ACT are not required, home schooled students are strongly encouraged to take additional standardized tests to be evaluated in conjunction with their home school program. Suggested exams may include SAT subject tests, Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations. Additional coursework taken at a college or university may also be submitted. Because Babson receives applications from students in varied curriculums worldwide, home schooled students who choose to submit additional credentials may position themselves more favorably in our highly competitive application pool. Students who choose not to submit extra credentials will not be penalized in the evaluation process. However, the more information we have when reviewing a student’s file, the more confidence we may have in the student’s potential for success at the college level.