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Home School Admissions Policy

Ferris State University welcomes and encourages homeschooled students to apply for undergrad admission. Ferris State University operates a liberal admissions policy, admitting applicants who give evidence that they are qualified through education, aptitude, interest, and potential to complete the University's graduation requirements.

Experienced Admissions Representatives will individually review all applications for admission on a rolling basis. The applicant's academic credentials test scores, involvement, and program will be considered in the admissions decision. Admission requirements, criteria, and guidelines are applied equally to all students, including homeschooled students.

A review of the academic credentials will consist of all high school/college level coursework and all available standardized test scores.

One of the following documents is required for homeschooled students:

  • Final official High school transcript with graduation date
  • GED transcript or State recognized high school equivalency test.
  • Official college transcript with 60 semester or 72 quarter credit hours accepted toward a bachelor’s degree at any institution.
  • Awarded Associates degree.

Please note holding a certificate of completion or certificate of attendance is not sufficient for degree seeking admission.

A student who meets his or her state's requirements for home schooling at the secondary school level has the academic qualification necessary for title IV eligibility. Like a high school diploma, completion of a home school program at the secondary level may be self-certified. A student must show a high school diploma, the equivalent of a high school diploma, or an alternate to a high school diploma.

High School Diploma Equivalents

General Education Development Certificate (GED) or State certified received after passing a state authorized exam that the state recognizes as the equivalent of a high school diploma.

High School Diploma Alternatives

Passing scores on an approved ability to benefit test or completion of a home school program. The ACT test has been approved by the Secretary of the Department of Education as an "Ability to Benefit" (ATB) test.