Information for Homeschooled Students

Op5.01-6 Admission Policy 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.

Homeschooled students are evaluated for admission under the freshman admission policy as are other students and thus must meet both the core curriculum requirement and selection index requirement.

Homeschooled students are expected to provide detailed transcripts similar to those provided for traditionally-schooled students. The transcript must include the name of each class, the semester in which it was taken, the amount of credit it is worth, and the grade received. It should also include a cumulative grade point average. Transcripts sent prior to graduation must also include in-progress courses. A cumulative GPA must also be provided.  The final transcript must show a graduation date. The University may request additional information or documentation to supplement the transcript.

Students who chose to obtain a high school equivalency diploma, for example by taking the High School Equivalency Test (HISET), may qualify for admission under our admission policy for students with a high school equivalency diploma. This is not a requirement of homeschooled students seeking admission.

In all other respects, policies that apply to graduates of traditional high schools also apply to homeschooled students, including the option of seeking admission through our freshman admission alternatives policy.

Other information of potential interest to homeschooled students

Missouri State Scholarships

Homeschooled 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.

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 417-836-6614 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://libraries.missouristate.edu/Community-Borrowers.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.