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Homeschool Applicants

Penn welcomes applications from students who chart non-conventional academic paths, including those educated through home schooling.

As part of our holistic evaluation process, home school applicants are asked to review the application tips below and complete all sections of the application and Penn-specific Essay.

Share Your Experience

Through your Penn application, we hope to learn what motivated you to choose a rigorous home school journey. Consider the following questions as you complete your application:

What inspired you or your family to seek home schooling as an option for your education?
Describe your curriculum in detail and tell us how you, your family, or oversight group has organized your pursuit of knowledge across core academic disciplines including humanities, math, social and natural sciences, and foreign languages. 

How has being home schooled helped you grow intellectually and personally or enhanced your opportunities for learning? 


The Admissions Committee wants to learn more about how you have worked to demonstrate mastery across the curriculum and distinguish yourself as a scholar. We get to know you best when you or your academic supervisor detail and contextualize your educational circumstances.

Application Tips

  • It’s important that you submit a consolidated transcript that pulls together and organizes your academic work. If the name of a course isn't clear or needs further explanation, include a brief course description. Course listings, grading/rating scales, syllabi, lab work, reading lists, textbooks or historical/current information help enhance our understanding of your academic program.
  • Standardized test scores in subjects you wish to showcase may provide objective evidence and support for grades and ratings.
  • Recommendations and viewpoints provided by instructors from outside of your home provide objective evaluations and lend additional context to your academic work.
  • The Secondary School Report may be completed by a high school guidance counselor, homeschool program coordinator, curriculum advisor, or family and may include motivations for home schooling, description of curricula, etc.