Admission Policy 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.


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 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.