Students from home-schooled educational backgrounds are reviewed with the same care and attention to detail as all other applicants.
All applicants to Brandeis must submit:
- Completed Common Application accompanied by the Brandeis Supplement, which includes a personal statement or essay. Learn more about the Common Application.
- An SAT Reasoning exam or the ACT exam
In addition, home-schooled students must provide:
- Home-school transcript
- Any transcripts received from other educational institutions (i.e., community or four-year college work, local high school, etc.)
- Detailed description of the curriculum
- Information regarding any affiliation with a state or national home-schooling organization
- Letter of recommendation from a teacher (or person in a "teacher" role)
- Letter of recommendation from an "administrator" or curriculum adviser
- A secondary letter of recommendation from an outside teacher if course work was taken beyond the home school or, when not available, from an employer, coach, art instructor or other community leader
- A supplemental essay describing why the student chose to be home-schooled
- A graded paper in addition to the personal statement
If possible, Brandeis recommends that home-schooled applicants sit for an interview with a Brandeis representative. Students and families having more specific questions about the requirements for home-schooled applicants are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions.