Information for Homeschooled Students

The road to college is, for many high school students, a long one. They must submit applications for admission, tour campuses, file endless financial aid paperwork, apply for scholarships, then make one of the biggest decisions of their lives - where to go to college. For you and other homeschooled students, the process is even more challenging because you do not have the same counseling resources available as other students. It is our hope that you will find the following information to be helpful. However, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Office. We would love to hear from you!

Wisconsin Lutheran College is endorsed by Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). HSLDA is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms.




What high school curriculum would give me the best preparation for college?

WLC recommends that you complete four years of English, four years of math (including algebra, geometry and advanced algebra), three years of social studies, three years of science and three years of a foreign language. Students who take at least three years of a single foreign language during high school are not required to continue their foreign language studies at WLC.

How does WLC view homeschooled students?

Homeschooled students are welcome and encouraged to consider Wisconsin Lutheran College for their post-secondary education. WLC recognizes that students from different educational backgrounds bring unique perspectives to campus and enrich the campus community. Homeschooled WLC alumni have left a profound mark with their leadership roles and many contributions to the school.

Can I apply if I do not have a state-certified diploma or GED?

Yes. WLC does not require that you have a state-certified diploma or GED for admission. By assessing a student's standardized test scores and transcript, the college can verify that the student has completed the coursework necessary for college preparation.

Does WLC prefer a pre-packaged curriculum or is it permissible to design my own?

With the understanding that each student's education is catered to fit his/her educational needs, WLC understands that many homeschooled students may not utilize a pre-packaged curriculum. Students in this situation may include a brief description of each high school class completed or include the textbook title and publisher used for each class on the transcript. This helps the college determine the student's academic abilities and access his/her likelihood for success at WLC.

What should be included in my transcript?

Your high school transcript personal information should include your full name, social security number, address, date of birth, gender and phone number. Necessary academic information includes a list of classes since the beginning of ninth grade, your grade earned and number of credits earned from each class. Please see the sample transcript for an example.

Who should write my recommendation if my parent is my primary teacher?

Your recommendation should be completed by a non-family member, such as a pastor, employer, music teacher or coach, or anyone else familiar with your capabilities and potential. Click here to download a homeschooled student recommendation form.

What are the standardized test requirements?

WLC recommends that students have at least a 21 ACT (or SAT equivalent) and at least a 2.7 grade point average for admission. WLC accepts your highest score, so you are welcome to send in multiple test results. Your ACT/SAT score and grade point average are also used as standards for the merit awards. See the Financial Aid site for information about merit award qualifications.

Does WLC accept CLEP and AP scores?

Yes! WLC accepts both CLEP and AP test scores. In order to receive credit for AP tests, students must receive a minimum score of three to five depending on the subject. Minimum scores of fifty to sixty-five on CLEP exams are necessary for transfer. For specific information about AP/CLEP exams and how they transfer please review the AP CLEP Policy for specific details or contact the Registrar's Office.

If I've taken a class at a community college, will my credits transfer?

Wisconsin Lutheran College accepts transfer credits from accredited institutions. After receiving an official transcript which lists the courses taken and credits and grades earned, the Registrar will perform a credit evaluation. Transfer credit is awarded for those courses in which a student receives a grade higher than a D (1.0 on a 4.0 scale). Credits accepted for transfer may be used to satisfy WLC degree requirements.

Does WLC offer any scholarships for homeschooled students?

WLC offers $1,000 scholarships for eligible homeschooled students; contact Rachel Vonderheide for specific requirements.

In addition, homeschooled students may be eligible for scholarships that are awarded for academic achievement and merit, based upon their grade point average and on the ACT or SAT. There are three levels students may qualify for, which include the Presidential Scholarship, Academic Scholarship and Discovery Grant. These scholarships are mutually exclusive and do not require an application.

Fine arts scholarships also are awarded to incoming students who have exceptional talent in the areas of art, music or theatre. For more information on the criteria for receiving these scholarships, click here.

Am I required to live on campus?

Since WLC is a four-year residential college, all students, with the exception of commuters who live at home, must live on campus. Any exceptions to this policy must be requested in writing to the director of residence life.

When can I visit campus?

The Office of Admissions plans several Information Days throughout the year, during which students and their families may tour campus, meet with professors, coaches and Admissions staff, and learn about financial aid and academics at WLC. Register for the next Information Day here. Students and their families are also welcome to visit campus for an individual tour. Tours are scheduled for weekdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. When school is in session, visitors may also sit in on a class and/or eat lunch in the dining hall. To schedule a campus visit, contact Rachel Vonderheide at 414.443.8793 or