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Penn State has a history of admitting academically talented students from home schooled programs. With our multi-campus system and extensive program opportunities, Penn State provides many ways to access quality higher education.

Admission decisions for all applicants ( homeschooled or traditional) are based primarily on the following requirements:

  • Academic course work prerequisites
  • Level of achievement (grade point average)
  • Standardized tests (SAT or ACT).

It is helpful if home schooled applicants provide us with complete documentation showing the courses studied and all the evaluations presented from a home school evaluator or supervisor assigned to the student in cooperation with the local school district or an evaluator who is approved through the program.


*Some home schooled students provide us with the Graduate Equivalency Diploma(GED), but it is not necessary to provide completion of graduation when applying. We request verification of graduation from high school prior to enrollment at Penn State.

All students will need to provide proof of graduation either in the form of a GED, a high school diploma granted through a local high school, or a diploma granted from an organization governed by a State Board of Education.

If you have already enrolled or plan to enroll in any academic program in addition to high school (for example, college level courses through Penn State Independent Learning or through a local college or university) we ask that you submit those credentials with your application. Accredited program credits would also be transferrable to Penn State.