Home-schooled students bring a distinctive perspective to the Allegheny community with their unique experience and background. We believe these experiences fit so well with the unusual combinations cultivated by Allegheny students, and we invite you to apply for admission.
The following information is provided to assist with the process.
Preparing the Application
We use the same criteria to evaluate all applicants for admissions. However, we also recognize the distinctive academic backgrounds of home-schooled applicants. When completing your Application for Admission to Allegheny, we ask that you submit the following:
- Common Application
- High School Transcript/School Report: Provide a transcript from a reputable home-school program and a detailed syllabus of your academic coursework. Official transcripts must also be submitted for any college coursework completed.
- Standardized Tests: Allegheny requires all applicants to take either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) and arrange for the official results to be forwarded directly to Allegheny College.
- Personal Statement: The personal statement will help the admissions committee understand who you are and the scope of your writing. You must submit this writing sample in order to complete your admissions application.
- Allegheny Supplement: This informational sheet is helpful during the admissions review process. You can download a PDF version or complete the supplement online.
Letters of Recommendation
Allegheny asks that you submit two letters of recommendation with your application, understanding that, letters of recommendation often have a different meaning in home-schooled programs than they do in conventional school settings.
- Teacher 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.
- 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.
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, off-campus interview, or an overnight experience.
All applicants of Allegheny College are equally considered for financial assistance. We offer both merit-based aid and need-based aid for those who qualify. Learn more about Financial Aid and Scholarship opportunities, including Allegheny’s prestigious Trustee Scholarship.
Please contact Rachel Mallory, Assistant Director of Admissions, with any questions. Or call 1-800-521-5293.