Home-Schooled Applicants

Home-schooled students bring a distinctive perspective to the Allegheny community with each unique experience and background. At Allegheny College, our students combine — and redefine — their interests. They expand their concentrations beyond one academic division, developing the big-picture, critical thinking that is in high demand in today’s global marketplace. If you’d like additional guidance throughout your application process, feel free to contact the Home-School Admissions Counselor.

Application Process

We want you to choose the application that is right for you. We treat all three applications equally and there is no application fee required.

We are still accepting applications for Fall 2024. Submit your application today!

Allegheny Application – or – Common Application
– or – The Coalition Application

The CEEB code for home-schooled students is 970000.

If using The Coalition or Common Application, be sure to add Allegheny to your list of schools and submit once you have completed all sections of your profile and college specific questions.

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

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.

Personal Essay

Your essay is an opportunity to express your individual creativity and share more about who you are with the admission and scholarship committees. You can submit any essay following any of the Common Application prompts regardless of which application you apply with.

Narrative High School Transcript

Provide a transcript from your home-school program and a detailed syllabus of your academic coursework. Your narrative transcript should include all of the following information:

  • Your name, the name of your home-school (if applicable), address, and phone number
  • Your high school course list ordered by year (grades 9-12)
  • The institution where each class was taken (i.e. homeschool, online institution, community college)
  • The grading scale being used in your homeschool
  • Your overall GPA
  • Credits given per course (listed per semester and per year)
  • Expected graduation date
  • Parent signature with a date

The narrative transcript should include both your home-schooled classes and any classes you’ve taken at an outside institution. Additionally, an official transcript must also be submitted for any college coursework completed. Please review the following examples of narrative transcripts for further clarification.
Example 1 | Example 2 | Example 3

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).

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

Optional Materials

Standardized Test Scores

Allegheny College is test-optional, and has been for for almost 10 years. Our admission committee reviews applications through a holistic process with over 50% of our students applying without SAT or ACT scores. Test scores are just one of the many factors that we will take into consideration as we get to know you better. Applicants can submit their test scores if they feel the scores are an accurate representation of their potential for success at Allegheny. Applicants who chose to submit their test scores can send them through the official testing service, on their high school transcript, or by submitting a student score report.

Submit Your SATs (code: 2006) | Submit Your ACTs (code: 3520) | Submit Your TOEFLs

Counselor Session (on- or off-campus)

Prospective students and their families are strongly encouraged to visit the Allegheny campus to appraise the College’s educational programs, campus atmosphere, and physical facilities. Although a meeting with a member of the Admissions staff is not a requirement, this conversation can provide both the student and the College with a deeper insight into the character and personality of each other. Meetings with members of the faculty or with other member of the Allegheny community can also be scheduled upon request. Schedule a campus visit or contact the Home-School Admissions Counselor for a virtual counselor session.

Important Dates
Date Event / Deadline
November 1 Early Decision Deadline
December 1 Early Action Deadline / Spring Transfer App Deadline
December 31 FAFSA is Available
February 1 Early Action II Deadline
February 15 Regular Decision Deadline
May 1 Enrollment Deposit Deadline
July 1 Fall Transfer App Deadline