International Home School Students
Special Note for International Home School Students
Messiah College welcomes homeschooled students! Currently Messiah College has nearly 150 students who were homeschooled during their senior year of high school and many more who were homeschooled at some point in their education.
Students must complete high school/secondary school graduation requirements of their chosen curriculum by the time they enter Messiah College. Students may apply at the start of their final year of high school, and the College will make an initial admission decision based on the first three years of high school. The student must still complete all coursework, graduate and submit a final high school transcript prior to beginning classes at Messiah.
Bear in mind that the average age of a first-year college student in the USA is 18 years old. Students should be emotionally mature and capable of living on their own in the university setting. (In other words, it’s not necessarily advantageous to push through high school curriculum too fast in order to enroll in college/university by age 15 or 16. Students and their families should ensure the student has achieved more than just academic preparedness).
At a minimum, Messiah College suggests the following high school courses:
- 4 units academic English
- at least 2 units (preferably 3 or more) academic math
- at least 2 units (preferably 3 or more) in academic natural sciences
- 2 or more units academic social studies
- 2 or more units foreign language
- 4 units additional electives
Students enrolled a homeschool curriculum which includes an outside evaluation of grades/credits (such as Alpha and Omega, Sonlight, A Beka, PA Cyber School etc.), can request that the outside evaluator send an official transcript to Messiah College. Students who are not enrolled in a program that includes outside evaluation, or who are in a creative “mix and match” program of their own making must submit a comprehensive transcript of their academic program and course evaluations from grades nine through twelve (or the equivalency of secondary school/ high school in their country). If there are not official grades per course, please explain the method of evaluation of course content. If there is an independent evaluation of your academic progress by a qualified educator, please include that with the transcript.
Homeschool students should submit the application documents as described in Steps to Apply.
Pages in International Students
- International Students
- Steps to Apply
- Admissions Criteria
- Costs & Aid
- Visas and Immigration
- Accepted Students
- Glossary and Common Questions
- Helpful Links
- See & Hear
- For Parents
- Alumni Profiles
- You are here: International Home School Students
- International Transfer Students
- MKs, TCKs and other U.S. Citizens Abroad
- Hear from current students