Homeschooled Student Admission

Applying for Homeschooled Students

Arcadia has a lot to offer homeschooled students. You will find your place within our close-knit community on campus or by studying abroad. Faculty members work with you one-on-one to make sure you are reaching your educational goals. Our proximity to Philadelphia means that you can explore the best of both worlds during your four years at Arcadia.

How Do I Apply?

Application & Instructions

Complete and submit the following materials to apply to Arcadia University:

  • Application for admission
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • One letter of recommendation. The letter should be from an evaluator or teacher.  You are welcome to submit a second letter from another teacher, an employer or another adult who can effectively assess your academic abilities. Please note that recommendations from family members will be considered in addition to the required recommendation from unrelated individuals. If your parent is your teacher, we welcome his/her recommendations, but we also want a recommendation from an outside source. Possibilities include: evaluator, non-parent teacher, club/organization leader, employer, etc. 
  • One or more of the following:
    • State approved diploma
    • GED
    • Comprehensive representation of your homeschool curriculum (grades 9-12). This can be provided in any combination of the following: portfolio, course outlines, syllabi, log book, etc.
    • Grade report and/or sample works representing a variety of subjects and spanning the four years of your secondary education. Evaluator's reports are also helpful.

Optional Supplemental Materials

Feel free to submit any other relevant material that will tell us more about your abilities. These materials can be helpful in determining scholarship potential. Examples include:

  • Essay
  • College transcript(s)
  • SAT II subject tests
  • AP test scores
  • CLEP exam scores
  • Additional writing samples or course material (e.g. science lab report)

Where Do I Send My Application Documents?

We will request that you send some of the supporting parts of your application electronically (the application will indicate which ones). Send all other materials to:

Arcadia University
Office of Enrollment Management
450 S. Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038

Fax- 215-572-4049

Is There a Deadline to Apply?

While we do not have a specific application deadline, we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. We accept students on a rolling basis, meaning that we make admissions decisions as we receive applications.

You should also be aware of the following priority deadlines.

Do I Need to Have an Interview?

No, but we strongly recommended that you schedule a personal one-on-one meeting with an Enrollment Management Counselor. This gives us a chance to learn things about you that cannot be found on paper. It is also an excellent opportunity for you to speak about your education and mention anything important that is not included in your application.

Am I Eligible for Financial Aid and Scholarships?

Homeschooled students that are admitted to Arcadia University can apply for all federal, state and institutional aid and will be evaluated in the same way as a traditional high school student. However, according to state law, Pennsylvania students without a recognized diploma or a GED will not be eligible for state grant money. If you are from another state, you should check with your Board of Education about your state’s grant laws.

Among the financial aid you will be eligible for are Arcadia University need- and merit-based scholarships and grants. You may also qualify for federal work study.

Learn more about financial aid.

Can I Apply If I Don't Have a Diploma or a GED?

Yes. Your portfolio, test scores, interview and recommendation will be the factors considered in your admissions decision. (Please note that Pennsylvania will not award state aid, PHEAA, to students without a state-approved diploma or GED).

Locate a GED testing center near you.

I Don’t Have a Grade Report. Can I Still Apply and Receive Financial Aid?

Yes. Submit a strong and thorough portfolio that represents your high school academic career. We will review the materials for an admission decision and to determine potential scholarship award amounts. Scholarships are also awarded for extracurricular activities and community service.

How Important are SAT Scores?

SAT scores are one component used in the admissions process to determine your scholastic ability. They will be considered in association with your established academic achievements.

Will Arcadia Consider My Extracurricular Activities?

Yes. We always consider extracurricular activities in admission decisions. It does not matter whether these activities are school sponsored or community based. We will also look at activities when awarding scholarships.

I've Taken Community College Courses. Will Arcadia Accept the Credits?

Arcadia University will typically accept the credit if the course correlates with one of our own academic departments and is a C- or better.

Can I Receive Credit for AP or CLEP Exams?

Arcadia University accepts AP scores of 3 or higher for credit. We typically also accept passing scores on the CLEP exam.