Self-directed learners thrive at Sterling College!
We admire students who have taken an active role in their education, and we always welcome applications from homeschooled students.
Sterling College is an inclusive community where self-directed learners can thrive, and where rich interactions between students and faculty members go far beyond the four walls of a classroom. We offer the opportunity for independent study and self-designed majors, active participation in community governance, and a student to faculty ratio of 7:1. Your voice will matter here.
Homeschool students may submit a portfolio of educational and life experiences instead of a transcript. A portfolio should contain detailed information about coursework accomplished and evaluation (narrative and/or grades). Creativity is encouraged!
All such documentation of a home-school curriculum should generally follow the student’s home state standards. Homeschool students who attended a secondary institution at some point between 9th and 12th grade must also submit their official secondary institution transcript.
As always, we welcome communication from students and their families throughout the admission process. Please feel free to get in touch, introduce yourself, and ask any questions that might be on your mind. The Admission Committee looks for evidence of personal character, work ethic, academic curiosity, and passion for ecological thinking and action when reviewing applications. Often, these qualities are conveyed more easily through essays, letters of reference, and conversations than through a transcript or test score.
When crafting your application, be sure to share why you chose to pursue a unique educational path.
Please don’t worry if your homeschool record doesn’t fit neatly into a box or onto a piece of paper. We want to get to know YOU.