Home-Schooled Applicants

Home-schooled students bring a distinctive perspective to the Allegheny community with each’s unique experience and background. We believe these experiences fit so well with Allegheny’s approach to cultivating combinations of interests, skills and talents.

Admissions Interview

All home-schooled students interested in admission are highly encouraged to schedule an interview to help us better understand your distinctive educational experience. Your visit to the Allegheny campus will also enable you to assess the College’s educational programs, campus atmosphere, and physical facilities. Schedule a campus visit, Skype interview, or an overnight experience.

Application Process

We use the same criteria to evaluate all applicants for admissions; however, we also recognize the distinctive academic experiences of home-schooled applicants. An application for a home-schooled student will be considered complete when Allegheny has received the following information.

Allegheny Application Portal – or – Common Application

The CEEB code for home-schooled students is 970000.

Be sure to add Allegheny to your list of Common Application schools and submit once you have completed all sections.

All other credentials should be submitted via the same system as your application (e.g. if you submit the Allegheny Application, your Teacher Recommendation cannot be requested/submitted via the Common App website and must be done via the Allegheny Application Portal or in person).

Required Materials

Personal Essay

As part of either application listed above, your essay is an opportunity to express your individual creativity and personal qualities to the admission and scholarship committees. Please review the suggested topics and submit a carefully-composed essay.

Narrative High School Transcript

Provide a transcript from the home-school program and a detailed syllabus of your academic coursework. Official transcripts must also be submitted for any college coursework completed.

Standardized Tests

Submit Your SATs | Submit Your ACTs

Allegheny requires all applicants to take either the SAT or ACT no later than January of the final year of high school. Please forward the test results directly to Allegheny College. The College will use the SAT Critical Reasoning and Math subsections, and less so the Writing subsection for admission evaluation.

Guidance or Primary Instructor/Evaluator Letter of Recommendation

We ask that you submit a letter of recommendation from the primary instructor/evaluator of your home-school program. This letter should come from the person who has been most responsible for your academic learning, and who can highlight your academic abilities (this person is often, but not always a parent or guardian).
Send email request via Allegheny Portal
Send email request via Common Application (only if applying via Common App)
Download and request in person

Letter of Recommendation from Non-Family Member

A second letter of recommendation should be submitted from someone outside your family who can evaluate your talents and strengths. Examples include: pastor/priest/clergy person, employer, educational instructor, or coach.

Download and request in person


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