Beloit welcomes applications from home-schooled students, and we understand the unique circumstances of home-schoolers during the admissions process. If you are completing your high school education under the umbrella of a diploma-granting organization, you will need to submit evidence of the coursework completed and your level of performance. In the absence of such a document, we will need a detailed portfolio of the work you have completed to help us evaluate your level of preparation for college-level work. This may contain records such as grades from community college or other post-secondary level courses that you may have taken, scores from AP tests (these are also administered independently of schools), recommendations from qualified tutors or teachers, examples of independent research, evidence of completed units in science, English or other concrete academic subjects, or descriptions of books and other curricular materials used and mastered in preparation for college-level courses. GED results may also be submitted.
In order to maintain some universal standard of achievement among Beloit applicants, we do require that all applicants submit an ACT or SAT score with their application. These tests are administered independently of school systems and are open to anyone.
Letters of recommendation are particularly important for home-schooled applicants, and we encourage you to select your writers very carefully. They should be qualified to evaluate you not only as a student but as an individual and member of the community. Letters should describe specific activities in which you participated together and evaluate your performance through the eyes of experience and objective judgment. We are especially interested in evidence of your potential success in a rigorous academic setting.
If you have questions about your potential application to Beloit, or any challenges you may face while applying to college as a home-schooler, please contact us.