Home-schooled students

Many home-schooled students have been admitted to UC, and are successful and vibrant members of our community.

If you’re completing high school through home schooling, you have a few options for meeting UC admission requirements, depending on your situation.

If your home schooling curriculum is provided by a U.S. regionally accredited school (or approved by the State Board of Education) and you will receive an official transcript and high school diploma from that school: 

  • You should follow the same admission requirements for students in traditional high schools in California or outside of California (depending on where you live). 
  • If you cannot meet these requirements, you can be eligible by meeting requirements for admission by exam
  • If you do not meet either the traditional admission requirements or the requirements for admission by exam, you may still be considered for admission by exception

If your home schooling curriculum is not provided by a U.S. regionally accredited school (or approved by the State Board of Education) and you will not receive an official transcript and high school diploma from a U.S. regionally accredited school: 

 

Tips for the application

Academic history

In the academic history section, you’ll be asked to list all high schools and any colleges/universities you’ve attended, and the diploma or certification you’ll receive.

  • If you took courses through an online provider, a correspondence school or other accredited program, enter the institution's name as your school name, dates of attendance and any certificate you'll receive.
  • Otherwise, you should enter “Home School/Home Study” as your school name. For diploma/certificate received, select either GED or Certificate of Proficiency if applicable, or select "Other" and type "None."

Personal insight questions

Like all applicants, you’re encouraged to share information in the personal insight questions that would provide context for UC admissions officers reviewing your application. Specifically, we’d like to know about your home-school environment and experience, particularly if you have been unable to complete our minimum admission requirements:

  • Why did your family choose home schooling?
  • How is your day structured?
  • What extracurricular activities are you passionate about?

We’re interested not only in your strengths as a scholar, but also your leadership qualities, passions and contributions to your family and community.

Tips on the personal insight questions

Learn more about how to distinguish yourself on the UC application.