College for homeschool and alternative school students

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Homeschooling and alternative schooling really have quite a movement in this country in the last 10, 15 years. There are over a million students in this country that are homeschooled or do some type of online or correspondence school. And all of our top colleges from Stanford to Harvard to Princeton are filled, I wouldn´t say filled but there is a certain presence of homeschooled students on these campuses. And very often these students have taken college courses when they are still in high school or junior college courses and they are fairly advanced. The most important thing to remember when you do a homeschooling curriculum is to have some type of context because contextual comparison is very important to college admission folks. And when I say context, that means having a body of standardized tests that you can show the admissions committe that are comparative to regular students. In other words, the SAT, the SAT subject tests, and the ACT exams. These are national exams that all students take whether they are homeschooled or in regular schools. And it shows your breadth of knowlege in that particular course. So if you are a homeschooled student and you can take these standardized tests and do well, then it obviates the lack of a standard curriculum that you would receive from going to a traditional school. So as long as you can do well on those courses, you are in good shape. The colleges really do not discriminate against homeschooled students because there are so many of them now.
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Susan Eiges Hansen, president of Hansen College Strategies, is an Independent College Counselor based in Santa Monica, California. Since 2007, Sue has been committed to helping students both in California and throughout the United States navigate the college admissions process and develop optimal strategies for college placement. Sue began her practice working with student-athletes and experienced so many successful placements that she frequently received requests to work with all types of students. She has since expanded her practice and welcomes all students who are seeking knowledgeable and comprehensive college planning. Sue received her Bachelors degree from the University of Florida and Masters from California State University Northridge. She has her certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from the University of California at Irvine and stays up to date with trends in higher education by attending several college counseling conferences per year. Sue is a member of WACAC (Western Association for College Admission Counseling) and an Associate member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association). She is a frequent contributor to various higher education and college admissions websites as an author, panelist, and blogger and regularly presents seminars and talks for students and families about preparing for college. Prior to launching her college counseling career, Sue worked for twenty years at three major hospitals in the Los Angeles area as a program director, medical educator, and research librarian. Sue is the parent of two recent college graduates. Her older daughter graduated from the University of Virginia and her younger daughter from Stanford.

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