Are College Applications Biased Against Homeschoolers?

, Malcolm A. Kline, Leave a comment

This homeschooling dad claims they are. “First, the application asks for information relevant to institutional schools, not homeschoolers,” George Ehrhardt writes in an essay distributed by the James C. Martin Center for Academic Renewal. “Some questions are obviously irrelevant, like class rank, but other mismatches are more subtle.”

“College applications focus on the methods institutional schools use to sort students beyond simply GPA. Clubs offer an array of ‘leadership positions’ and students are selected for special competitions, awards, or opportunities. On the one hand, those do offer admissions officers an easily comparable yardstick for most applicants, but they make homeschoolers hard to assess.”