Homeschool Applicant FAQ

  1. How does Lewis University view homeschooled applicants?
  2. May I apply to Lewis University if I will not receive a state certified diploma or GED?
  3. What are your admission requirements for homeschooled applicants?
  4. What should be included in my transcript?
  5. Would you accept a letter of recommendation from the parent when the parent is the primary instructor?
  6. If I have taken a class at a community college, will the credits transfer?
  7. Is it possible to accelerate my schooling and gain early admission to Lewis?
  8. What can homeschool applicants do to strengthen their high school preparation?
  9. Can homeschool applicants compete successfully for academic scholarships?
  10. What if I have been diagnosed with a learning difference? What, if any, information about it should I share with Lewis? When should I disclose that?


  1. How does Lewis University view homeschooled applicants?
  2. Lewis University welcomes applications from homeschool applicants who have completed a college preparatory curriculum. We appreciate the unique gifts you bring to university life: initiative, independent learning, and creative thinking.

  3. May I apply to Lewis University if I will not receive a state certified diploma or GED?
  4. In lieu of an official high school transcript from a regionally accredited high school or GED for admission, Lewis will evaluate an official transcript from the institution detailing the completion of secondary level coursework along with standardized test scores from either ACT or SAT. You will need to submit a final official transcript with a graduation date in order to enroll at Lewis.

  5. What are your admission requirements for homeschooled applicants?
  6. Lewis requires an official high school transcript and a standardized test score (ACT or SAT). Homeschool applicants are required to set up an on-campus interview with an admission counselor. An academic letter of recommendation from a teacher, who is someone other than from your household, and a writing sample or personal statement is also strongly encouraged.

  7. What should be included in my transcript?
  8. High school curriculum requirements for homeschool applicants are identical to the requirements for all other applicants: 18 total college preparatory units including at least 3 years of English Lewis requires traditional information such as course titles, grades, credits, dates of completion, and standardized test scores in order to evaluate eligibility for admission. Additionally, it would be extremely helpful to have a course description, textbook and academic resources used, and some idea of the amount of writing or laboratory time required of the student.

  9. Would you accept a letter of recommendation from the parent when the parent is the primary instructor?
  10. As a homeschool student, we realize that you may find yourself in this situation. While we prefer that someone other than your parent complete the recommendation, if there is no other teacher, we will accept the academic letter of recommendation from your parent. In this case, you are encouraged to submit an additional letter of recommendation from an individual outside your household who knows you well as a student and as a person (e.g. an employer, tutor, or coach).

  11. If I have taken a class at a community college, will the credits transfer?
  12. Credit earned at another accredited college or university will be evaluated by Lewis to determine transferability of courses applicable to a liberal arts program. Courses of a vocational or technical nature, pre-college or remedial courses, or courses in which a D grade or lower was earned are not transferable. Lewis reserves the right to decide the transferability and applicability of credits earned at other institutions. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at (815)836-5250 for details. Transfer evaluation will only be offered to those who officially apply to Lewis and have submitted all postsecondary coursework from each institution previously attended.

  13. Is it possible to accelerate my schooling and gain early admission to Lewis?
  14. Although some universities will consider enrolling a student who accelerates his or her schooling and wants to enter college at age 15 or 16, Lewis rarely enrolls an entering freshman more than a year younger than his or her freshmen peers.

  15. What can homeschool applicants do to strengthen their high school preparation?
  16. Enhancing the homeschool experience with more traditional schooling experiences, such as earning prior learning credit from a local community college or selected coursework from a local high school, is encouraged. Taking Advanced Placement or examinations can substantiate the strength of college preparation and may also result in earning university credit. To review which minimum scores will earn credit, click here.

  17. Can homeschool applicants compete successfully for academic scholarships?
  18. All applicants for freshman admission will be automatically be considered for academic scholarship. If an equivalent to the standard high school grade point average scale of 4.00 cannot be determined, other admission factors (e.g. standardized test score, writing sample, or admission interview, which is optional, but recommended in this case) may be weighted more to determine eligibility.

  19. What if I have been diagnosed with a learning difference? What, if any, information about it should I share with Lewis? When should I disclose that?
  20. The Lewis University Office of Undergraduate Admission is precluded from taking a physical or learning difference into consideration for admission purposes. Sharing official documentation of a learning difference is highly encouraged after admission to Lewis to determine eligibility for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accommodations.