Just as there are many paths to a successful life, there are many paths to college – even without attending middle school or high school.
How does college admission work for Deep Root Center members?
Millions of students in the United States don’t go to high school, yet most of them continue on to higher education. Colleges have specific admissions procedures for homeschoolers and “non-traditional students” who have not attended high school. Colleges are interested in a student’s ability to do college work and their intellectual passions, not whether they have a high school diploma. If you have specific colleges in mind, DRC encourages you to contact the admissions department to find out their admission requirements. DRC offers support and coaching throughout the college admissions process.
*two highly recommended resources: The Teenage Liberation Handbook by Grace Llewellyn and College Without High School by Blake Boles
There are a couple of common methods to transition to college from DRC:
Many of our members will take community college classes. They can earn an associate’s degree or enough college classroom experience to transfer to a four-year program as a sophomore or junior when their peers are just graduating high school. This path is simple, affordable, direct, and a proven success.
It is also possible to apply directly to a 4-year college for admission as a freshman after building up a portfolio of work. Most colleges have special applications for homeschoolers and non-traditional students which may or may not require standardized tests. In many cases being non-traditional learner is a great asset in college admissions. In our experience, it has not proven to be a hindrance. DRC mentors are available to help with the creation of application materials.
Other paths include going to a four-year school at 17 or 18 or taking time to travel or work at an internship before attending college. Much depends on the youths’s age when they begin DRC, and there is no one right way. We counsel each teen and his or her family as they weigh out which path best applies.