What About College?
Many people assume that a high school diploma is necessary for admission to college. This is actually not the case. Our members go to college if they want to go to college, and being a member of North Star has never hindered someone from getting into college. In fact, it often helps.
- Many of our members audit local college classes or enroll at a community college, sometimes when they are as young as 16. This can mean that they then have an associate's degree or enough college classroom experience to transfer to a four-year program as a junior when their peers are just graduating high school. This path is simple, affordable, direct, and a proven success.
Other paths include going to a four-year school at 17 or 18 or taking time to travel or work at an internship before attending college. Much depends on the teen's age when they begin North Star, and there is no one right way. We counsel each teen and his or her family as they weigh out which path best applies.
- Over the last 15 years we have established strong relationships with our local community colleges (Holyoke, Greenfield, and Springfield Tech), having sent hundreds of our members their way. They know us and our members, and they are thrilled to receive North Star teens.
- Colleges are prepared for applicants from a variety of high school backgrounds. They get applications from homeschoolers and nontraditional students all the time. Some of them even have admissions officers specifically for homeschoolers. We've talked to admissions officers from large universities, private colleges, and community colleges, and they have all confirmed for us that being a North Star member is usually an advantage in the admissions process. North Star teens have proven track records of self-direction, independence, and self-awareness, and are interesting, impassioned applicants. North Star teens stand out!
- North Star helps its college-bound members in numerous ways. We offer GED prep, portfolio gathering, letters of recommendation, and most important, counseling. What matters most to you as you consider college? Keeping your fees low? Getting to a four year college right away? Staying close to home? Studying abroad? We help think through and prepare for the college experience that will work best for you and your family.
Any questions? Please be in touch!
Here are some resources for nontraditionally educated teens hoping to get into college:
The Common App, which includes a homeschool supplement. It may be useful to consider the format in which some schools will ask to see your homeschool curriculum.
College is Yours 2.0 by Patrick O'Connor
Teenage Homeschoolers: College or Not? by Pat Farenga
The following is a partial list of the colleges and institutions our members have continued on to:
- Greenfield Community College
- Holyoke Community College
- Springfield Technical College
- Berkshire Community College
- University of Massachusetts
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Hallmark Photography
- Bennington College
- University of Connecticut Graduate School
- Hampshire College
- Colorado State University
- Audubon Expedition Institute
- Smith College
- Mt. Holyoke College
- Lehigh College
- Manhattan School of Music
- Amherst College
- Brown University
- Columbia University
- Reed College
- Whitman College
- Earlham College
- Worcester Polytechnic Institute
- Guilford College
- University of Alaska, Anchorage
- Warren Wilson College
- Maine College of Art
- Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
- Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
- Rhode Island School of Design
- University of California, Los Angeles
- UMass Medical School At Northeastern University
- St. John's College, New Mexico
- St. Lawrence University
- Indiana University
- Lesley College
- Middle Tennessee State University
- Montserrat College of Art
- The New School, New York City
- Clark University
- University of California at Berkeley
- Le Cordon Bleu, Paris
- Macalester College
- Emerson College
- Ithaca College
- Mitchell College
- San Francisco Circus Center
- The New England Center for Circus Arts
- Kripalu Yoga Center
- Sage Mountain Herbal Apprenticeship
- U.S. Marines
- U.S. Coast Guard
- Peace Corps