How Lawrence reviews applications
These are the considerations, along with recommendations, we make when reviewing applications from home schooled applicants.
If you are completing your high school education under the umbrella of a diploma-granting organization, please submit evidence of the coursework completed and your level of performance.
If you are not connected with any such institution, you may submit your GED or HSED as evidence of completing a commonly-accepted body of secondary coursework.
In the absence of either transcript information, GED, or HSED, we will need to evaluate your level of preparation for college-level work. Please present us with a portfolio of the work you consider most indicative of your academic achievements. This may contain records such as:
grades from community college or other post-secondary level courses that you may have taken
scores from AP tests
recommendations from qualified tutors or teachers
examples of independent research
evidence of completed units in science, mathematics or other academic subjects, or descriptions of books and other curricular materials used and mastered in preparation for college-level courses.
We encourage homeschooled students to submit their standardized test results with their applications for admission.
Although Lawrence University does not require applicants to submit standardized test results in their admission review, we have found such test results to be helpful in ascertaining our homeschooled applicants' academic preparedness.
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation are particularly important for homeschooled applicants. Your recommenders should be qualified to evaluate you not only as a student but as an individual and member of the community. They should be able to describe specific activities in which you participated together and to evaluate your performance through the eyes of experience and objective judgment.
The interview is one of the most effective ways for us to determine if you'd make a good Lawrentian. And by "us" we mean the admissions office and you. Interviews are a two-way street; a friendly one-on-one conversation.
While interviewing is not a requirement, it is recommended and a chance for you to tell us more about the important information that may not fit in the application. You are welcome to contact your admissions counselor to setup a time to interview.