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Any luck getting into UCs as a Homeschooler?

dreamingofbaysdreamingofbays 1 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2 New Member
I've been homeschooled since 7th grade (by choice) and I love it. Most universities & colleges in my area (PNW) are extremley welcoming to homeschool students, but I've found it's the opposite in California. Has anyone been admitted to a UC school as a homeschooler? I'm really interested in UC Davis but it seems they just don't want people that don't do public or private high school.
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  • student0514student0514 10 replies0 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 10 New Member
    I haven't applied to any schools yet, but I have homeschooled friends who've been accepted to UCs in the past, including UCLA and UC Irvine. Best of luck!
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  • aunt beaaunt bea 9744 replies61 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 9,805 Senior Member
    edited March 2
    @dreamingofbays, what indicators has Davis given to you?
    As long as you've met the A-G requirements, it should not be an issue.
    It is a very tough school and they want you to succeed, this is why they want you prepared.
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 3460 replies70 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,530 Senior Member
    Using common sense, I would say that if you had a good number of AP test scores to show, that would help your cause a lot.
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  • dreamingofbaysdreamingofbays 1 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2 New Member
    It's less Davis and more "the entire state of California," that require all homeschool applicants to apply with testing (or something similar, can't remember their exact wording), because it's not "traditional high school". Apparently they made those laws/rules years ago to... decrease homeschooling? I'm also out of state so that just really stacks the cards against me. It's reassuring hearing that others got in, thank you all!
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  • PentaprismPentaprism 495 replies8 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 503 Member
    edited March 6
    My D was homeschooled since she was 7 yrs old. At 16, she was admitted to and matriculated at UC Berkeley (EECS). It was 7 years ago.

    She is now a 4th yr CS PhD student at UC Berkeley.
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  • sbjdorlosbjdorlo 4878 replies386 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5,264 Senior Member
    Actually, being out of state greatly increases your chances at UC Davis, homeschooled or not. Homeschoolers are admitted to the UCs all the time. My son was admitted to UCI and UCSD 3 years ago as an independent homeschooler.

    UCs look for strong test scores, strong grades, rigor, and strong activities that relate to your major. You should definitely apply. Homeschoolers are admitted through a different channel than public and private schools; tell your story, take the SAT and two SAT II tests, and apply!
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 76126 replies663 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 76,789 Senior Member
    edited March 7
    What probably trips up some out-of-state students is the art requirement in the a-g requirements.

    Fortunately, there are numerous alternative ways of meeting many of the a-g requirements, including test scores and college courses, for those who do not complete the specified high school courses. Note that there is also validation for foreign language and math (except geometry) through taking higher level courses (i.e. completing precalculus or calculus automatically completes algebra 1 and algebra 2 even if the latter are not listed).


    Note that there is no need-based financial aid for out-of-state students.
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  • readthetealeavesreadthetealeaves 742 replies14 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 756 Member
    @dreamingofbays you can do it! Many homeschoolers have. You have a unique opportunity as a homeschooler to be you and have time to pursue your passions both academically and extracurricular wise. Preparing to apply to UCs you will need to get all your ducks in a row. Have your parent make sure the transcripts, test scores, ECs, outside classes, are all on paper and up to date. Make sure to look at the admissions requirements carefully and plan accordingly. Here are two links one on homeschoolers and UCs and one on out of state requirements and UCs. Good luck


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  • HOPE888HOPE888 42 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    Are there any home-schooled students admitted to UCLA this year 2019 ? 2018 or any years before ? It seems like no record of history posting about UCLA admitting homeschoolers.
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