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e-series: home-schooled students

Western Oregon University welcomes students who have been either partially or entirely home-schooled as high school students. Because home-schooled students have a more customized academic experience and since home-schooled curriculums and teachers are not reviewed in the same manner as public high schools or accredited private high schools, WOU like all other public universities in Oregon, has a set a admission criteria specifically for students who graduated from a home school or from a private high school that is not regionally accredited.


These requirements allow the admissions office at WOU to make a more informed decision regarding overall academic preparation for success at WOU. We've prepared a series of documents that will help the homeschooled student prepare for a successful transition into college life.



Graduates of unaccredited high schools or home-schooled students

Students graduating from an unaccredited high school or who were home schooled must fulfill each of the following requirements:

  1. Receive a composite score of 21 on the ACT (including the Writing section) or a combined score of 1000 on the SAT Reasoning Exam (Critical Reading and Mathematics sections).
  2. Receive a minimum score of 470 on each of two College Board SAT Subject Tests (Math level I or IIC and another test of the student's choice). Students who do not take a SAT Subject Test in a second language must prove language proficiency through another process.
  3. Meet the second language requirement (see second language requirement section above).


General Education Development (GED)

Students who did not graduate from high school but received a GED must fulfill each of the following requirements:

  1. Receive a minimum score of 410 on each of the five GED tests.
  2. Receive an average score of 550 for the five tests.
  3. Meet the second language requirement, if graduating class would have been 1997 or later (see second language requirement section).
  4. Home-schooled students who received a GED are eligible for admission if they fulfill the above requirements.

For more information


The Office of Admissions toll-free at 1-877-877-1593 | or e-mail:
Location: APSC room 408

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