Information for Homeschooled Students

Missouri State University welcomes and encourages the enrollment of qualified homeschooled students. We recognize the commitment that homeschooled students and their families make in completing their high school education. Missouri State University counts many graduates of home school programs among its current students and alumni.

Admission

Students are recommended to apply for admission eight to twelve months in advance of the semester they plan to begin. We encourage students to use the online application available at www.missouristate.edu/apply. Paper applications are also available.

Core curriculum requirement

All students must complete the 24 unit core curriculum requirement established by the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE). Read more about the Missouri State core requirements.

Guaranteed admission options

Students who will earn a homeschool diploma, complete the 24 unit curriculum, and be at least 17 years of age upon enrollment at Missouri State University will be guaranteed admission if they:

  1. Earn a score of 24 or higher on the ACT (1090 or higher on the SAT's combined Critical Reading and Math scores); OR
  2. Earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale; OR
  3. Qualify based on a combination of ACT scores and GPA (or scores earned through a high school equivalency test). Missouri State uses a selection index to weigh ACT scores against a student’s GPA (or high school equivalency test score). Please note that this is an option only. Homeschooled students are not required to take a high school equivalency test and may pursue the options shown below if they do not qualify based on ACT scores or GPA. The University does not use class ranks earned by homeschooled students; however scores earned through high school equivalency tests are converted to a class rank equivalency based on national norms (percentiles) established by the American Council on Education. The class rank equivalency and ACT percentile are then used to determine the student’s eligibility under our published policies for freshmen.

Other admission options

Students who are not approved for admission through one of the options listed above may pursue our admissions alternatives.

Transcript requirements

Similar to transcripts submitted by traditionally-schooled students, high school transcripts submitted by homeschooled students must include the name of each class, the semester in which each class was taken, the amount of credit the class is worth and the grade received in each class. Additionally, we recommend that a cumulative GPA be included with each transcript.

In all other respects, policies that apply to graduates of traditional high schools also apply to homeschooled students.

Other information of potential interest to homeschooled students

Missouri State Scholarships

Homeschooled students, like traditionally-schooled students, will be considered for scholarships based on a combination of ACT (or SAT) scores and GPA. Additionally, general scholarship policies apply to scholarships offered to homeschooled students.

Missouri State’s first scholarship deadline is December 1. For information about scholarship opportunities, visit the Scholarships web page or call 800-283-4243 or 417-836-5262.

Financial aid

All admitted students may be considered for federal and state financial aid programs under guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education and the Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE). For information on other available financial aid and how to apply, please refer to the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.

Honors College

Students who have an ACT composite score of 27 or higher and a 3.9 GPA on a 4.0 scale will be considered for admission to the Honors College. Following admission to the University, students meeting the above criteria will receive an invitation to the Honors College.

Visiting campus

We encourage prospective students and their families to visit the Missouri State University campus. Please call the Office of Admissions at 417-836-5517 or toll free at 800-492-7900, or visit www.missouristate.edu/visit to schedule your visit. We request that you contact us 10 to 14 days in advance of your planned visit.

High school dual enrollment

If you are a resident of the Springfield area, have an above average score on the ACT or SAT, and have a strong academic record, you may qualify to take one or two classes each semester during your final year in homeschool. Admission decisions will be made based on individual review. Students interested in the campus-based precollege program or a combination of the campus-based and high school-based programs should contact the Precollege Advisor for on-campus students in the Advisement Center at 417-836-5258.

Missouri State Meyer Library

Homeschooled students can visit the Meyer Library and use resources, including both print and electronic, on site. Students may also purchase a “Friends of the Library” card. To learn more, visit http://library.missouristate.edu/meyer/circulation/friends.htm.

We are eager to help you become a student at Missouri State University. Please feel free to contact us if we can be of assistance to you.

Office of Admissions
Missouri State University
901 S. National
Springfield, MO 65897
800-492-7900 or 417-836-5517

Admission, scholarship, and financial aid policies are subject to change. For this reason, it is important for students to be in contact with the Office of Admissions periodically during their high school career.