From Home Education to Higher Education: A Review of Lori Dunlap’s New Book

by Celi Trépanierhigher ed

What do you think the number one concern associated with homeschooling would be? If you ask me, I’d have to say the socialization question: How will my homeschooled child find friends and be able to interact socially with other children? In reality, socialization has proven to be a minor concern as homeschooling has grown exponentially in the last couple of decades, with homeschooling groups, co-ops, and classes popping up everywhere. There seems to be no shortage of homeschool group activities and classes.

Number two concern? I am pretty darn sure the number two concern for homeschoolers would be homeschooling their children through high school with plans for college. How do you make sure your high-schooler has the classes and high school experiences needed for them to get accepted into a university of their choice? What are colleges looking for in homeschooled students’ college and university applications? How can homeschooled students best portray their extensive, but atypical high school education?

These are just some of the many questions parents of homeschooled high-schoolers have. I know this all too well because I’ve been on that path of home education to higher education more than once. Yet, when I traveled that path the first time years ago, I did not have access to a book which would have answered all of my questions, addressed my concerns and calmed my worst fear: How do I get my homeschooled child into college?

If you are traveling down the path of home education to higher education, you now have access to such a book which can answer your questions, address your concerns, and calm your fears: Home Education to Higher Education. A Guide for Recruiting, Assessing, and Supporting Homeschooled Applicants, by Lori Dunlap.

Lori worked for nearly twenty years in the corporate world and then at a large research university as a career development program director. She effectively used her experience as a homeschool parent and working in a university reviewing graduate school applications to pin down exactly what is needed for a successful transition from home education to higher education.

After surveying college and university admissions departments and using extensive research, Lori shares with her readers what college recruiters and admissions counselors are looking for from home educated applicants.

There is also a chapter for college and university admissions departments which provides information on how to recruit, assess, and engage with homeschooled high-schoolers, a student population consistently proven to be creative, hard-working, and successful higher education students.

In the end, From Home Education to Higher Education articulately demonstrates that there is a unique, widely educated, and well-prepared student population which has not yet been fully tapped. This can benefit both homeschooled high-schoolers with intentions of higher education, as well as colleges and universities looking to recruit these successful, involved, and engaged students.


Celi TrepanierCeli Trépanier is the author of Educating Your Gifted Child: How One Public School Teacher Embraced Homeschooling. She writes for Noodle Education and Fractus Learning, and has also published with Education Week and various other educational publications. Read more from Celi at Crushing Tall Poppies.

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