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Home-schooled students are an important part of the Southwest Baptist University student body. The resources below will help you and your family navigate the admissions process and transition from home-schooled student to college freshman. Plus, our highly qualified admissions counselors will be here to help you each step of the way!

SBU's Christ-centered, caring community is the optimal environment for you to find your God-given purpose and grow in your faith.

Why choose SBU?

I was homeschooled K-12 and the thought of attending a university was both exciting and a bit intimidating. With the help of caring faculty, the dedicated admissions staff and the friendly faces of fellow students, my transition to college was both smooth and rewarding.

Stephanie Davis, elementary education student
Stephanie Davis, SBU student

admissions process and requirements for home-schooled students

1) Apply to sbu

Take the first step to becoming an SBU Bearcat by filling out our online application for admission. The application fee is currently waived, so apply now for FREE!

Apply online

2) Send transcripts and test scores

Send your official home-school transcript and ACT/SAT scores to our Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Admissions requirements:

  • 2.5+ cumulative home-school GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • 21+ ACT/990+ SAT composite score (SAT reading and math sections only)

curriculum recommendations:

To be equipped for collegiate success at SBU, the following high school subjects are recommended (13 units):

  • English (4 units)
  • Mathematics (3 units)
  • Social Studies (2 units)
  • Natural Science (2 units)
  • Electives
    • 2 units of foreign language, or
    • 2 units of computer science, or
    • 2 additional units from English, mathematics, social studies, or natural science

home-school transcript resources:

Like all applicants for freshman admission to SBU, we will require a transcript of your completed work for ninth through twelfth grades. Your home-school transcript can be submitted by a home-school organization or your teaching parents.

Your home-school transcript should include the following information:

  • Student's full name and date of birth
  • Course titles, grades received and credit earned for each semester
  • Grading scale used
  • Cumulative GPA
  • Graduation date

Additionally, we have created a home-school transcript template you may download and use.

Sample Home-School Transcript

3) Visit Campus

If you haven't already visited SBU, schedule a campus visit soon! Seeing campus for yourself is the best way to learn how you can find your place at SBU. You can sign up for one of our group visit events or schedule an individual visit to tour our campus, visit with faculty members, meet current students, and more. See you here soon!

Schedule campus visit

4) File Your FAFSA

Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to qualify for state and federal grants, loans and work study financial aid opportunities. SBU will use your FAFSA results to put together your own personalized financial aid package and your admissions counselor will work with you through each step of this process. The recommended deadline for filing the FAFSA is February 1.

Financial Aid Information

5) Submit Your Enrollment Deposit

Are you ready to officially become an SBU Bearcat? Submit your enrollment deposit to reserve your spot in classes and housing.

Pay your deposit online

Send your deposit by mail

earning college credit as a home-schooled student

You can get a head start on your college academics and enrich your home-school experience by enrolling in an online dual credit course through SBU. Learn from our highly qualified faculty while working at your own pace through a flexible, online course delivery.

Challenge yourself academically, explore your academic interests, and earn college credit!

SBU Dual Credit Information

If you earn credit from courses taken through other colleges or universities, send an official college transcript to have those credits transferred to SBU.

You can also earn college credit through Advanced Placement (AP) and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests.

Our course transfer equivalency guide will help you learn how your credits will transfer.

Course Transfer Equivalency Guide

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