A liberal arts college can mesh well with many homeschool students. To ensure your homeschool student will excel in a liberal arts college setting, guide them to think critically about the world around them. Preparation is key for parents who are looking to set their homeschool students on the path toward an acceptance letter from a liberal arts college. Here’s what homeschool students need to prepare for a liberal arts college.
What Homeschool Students Need to Prepare for a Liberal Arts College
Liberal arts minded students should meet or exceed English requirements. English curriculum should include reading, analyzing literature, writing essays, prose, and poetry, enhancing grammar skills, enhancing vocabulary. A mix of literature including nonfiction, fiction, and poetry is ideal.
Many liberal arts colleges like to see some studies and knowledge of a foreign language. Our homeschool students live in a much-diversified world. Requiring a foreign language is becoming increasingly popular as a requirement for admissions. A popular homeschool option to learn a foreign language is Rosetta Stone.
Grammar & Writing
Grammar and writing is the foundation of a liberal arts degree. Homeschool students will need an exceptional grasp of grammar and writing. Books like “The Blue Book of Grammar and Writing” can give a solid foundation of grammar. Practice writing skills by adding reading summaries to your homeschool curriculum. Have students write about what they are reading on a regular basis.
An advanced level of mathematics won’t be necessary. Don’t stress if your homeschool student doesn’t have strength in mathematics. Homeschool math should include up to pre-algebra and algebra. A liberal arts college would like to see a minimum of those courses taken and comprehended by your homeschool student.
History & Social Studies
It’s vitally important that your homeschool curriculum teaches history and social studies. Historical periods to include are ancient history, medieval and renaissance period, renaissance to civil war and reformation to present. Studying government and economics will be a vital part of homeschool curriculum to be prepared for Liberal Arts College.
A solid grasp logic and rhetoric skills is key. These are necessary skills to learn how to think logically and engage in a proper debate upon subject matter. Liberal Arts Colleges want students who can think outside of the box and engage in dialogue that makes a change. Your student should be prepared for a liberal arts college if you cover each of the preparation tips shared here today.
You should know SAT deadlines, application deadlines, and financial aid deadlines. It may be helpful to use a calendar to keep track of deadlines. Some colleges require additional tests. Be sure to make note of any that are required by the college of your choice.
Plan a Visit
Colleges are becoming increasingly friendly to homeschoolers. In fact, Spartanburg Methodist College waives the application fee for students who use the code homeschool . Spartanburg Methodist College (SMC) is a private, two-year residential college located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. SMC offers a liberal arts education for freshman and sophomore students. Students who complete their course of study earn an associates degree.
Here are three ways to take a closer look at SMC:
- Visit the SMC website
- Attend the Spartanburg Methodist Open House on October 21
- Schedule a Campus Tour
Learn more about SMC by following Spartanburg Methodist College on Facebook, following SMCSC on Twitter, and checking out the Spartanburg Methodist College youtube channel. Get a peek of campus life by following SMC on Instagram.