Home-Schooled Students

Holy Cross College welcomes applications from home-schooled students wishing to pursue a liberal arts education. We recognize the important contributions made by home-schoolers both in the classroom and as part of student life and make a deliberate effort to accommodate the special circumstances of home-schoolers during the admission process. This page outlines some suggestions for home-schoolers wishing to apply to Holy Cross.

Holy Cross College requires the Common Application from all home-schooled students seeking admission as first year students. Click here to view all First Year application requirements.

Academic Background
We do require official high school transcripts from a home-schooled clearinghouse, guild, or association. If transcripts are unavailable, we encourage you to consider FastTranscripts.com, offered in concert with the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). Or, we will accept detailed course descriptions, along with proficiency levels and textbooks used.

In the absence of either transcript information, GED, or HSED, the admissions office has the difficult task of evaluating your work without having any statistical evidence comparing your performance and your choice of secondary curriculum to those of your peers. To help us evaluate your level of preparation for college-level work, you will need to present us with a portfolio of the work you consider most indicative of your academic achievements. 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, mathematics or other academic subjects, or descriptions of books and other curricular materials used and mastered in preparation for college-level courses.

Standardized Tests
We have found test results from SAT and/or ACT to be helpful in ascertaining our home-schooled applicants’ academic preparedness. To that end, we highly recommend home-schooled students to submit standardized test results with their applications for admission. If you have not been able to take the ACT and/or SAT, you can apply test-optional in 2021.

Letters of recommendation
Letters of recommendation are particularly important for home-schooled applicants, and we encourage you to select your recommenders very carefully. They should be qualified to evaluate you not only as a student but as an individual and member of the community. They should be able to describe specific activities in which you participated together and to evaluate your performance through the eyes of experience and objective judgment. In the absence of conventional records, the only way we can understand what you bring to Holy Cross is to have it explained clearly and without prejudice.