Home-schooled students are an important part of the Southwest Baptist University student body. The resources below will help you and your family navigate the admissions process and transition from home-schooled student to college freshman. Plus, our highly qualified admissions counselors will be here to help you each step of the way!
SBU's Christ-centered, caring community is the optimal environment for you to find your God-given purpose and grow in your faith.
Watch this video for some tips and advice about how you and your family can take specific steps to prepare for the transition from home-school to college.
I was homeschooled K-12 and the thought of attending a university was both exciting and a bit intimidating. With the help of caring faculty, the dedicated admissions staff and the friendly faces of fellow students, my transition to college was both smooth and rewarding.
Take the first step to becoming an SBU Bearcat by filling out our online application for admission. The application fee is currently waived, so apply now for FREE! Create a MyBearcat account to get started.
Send your official home-school transcript and ACT, SAT or CLT test scores to our Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
You can upload your transcripts and test scores by logging in to your MyBearcat account.
SBU understands taking the ACT/SAT is a struggle right now. To assist, SBU is temporarily moving to test optional for all admission. However, to potentially improve academic scholarship eligibility, students may elect to take the online CLT test. Please contact your admissions counselor if you have questions or concerns.
To be equipped for collegiate success at SBU, the following high school subjects are recommended (13 units):
Like all applicants for freshman admission to SBU, we will require a transcript of your completed work for ninth through twelfth grades. Your home-school transcript can be submitted by a home-school organization or your teaching parents.
Your home-school transcript should include the following information:
Additionally, we have created a home-school transcript template you may download and use.
If you haven't already visited SBU, schedule a campus visit soon! Visiting campus is the best way to learn how you can find your place at SBU.
During your visit to SBU, you can:
Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to qualify for state and federal grants, loans and work study financial aid opportunities. SBU will use your FAFSA results to put together your own personalized financial aid package and your admissions counselor will work with you through each step of this process.
The recommended deadline for filing the FAFSA is February 1 prior to your start term at SBU.
Are you ready to officially become an SBU Bearcat? Submit your enrollment deposit to reserve your spot in classes and housing!
You can get a head start on your college academics and enrich your home-school experience by enrolling in an online dual credit course through SBU. Learn from our highly qualified faculty while working at your own pace through a flexible, online course delivery.
Challenge yourself academically, explore your academic interests, and earn college credit!
If you earn credit from courses taken through other colleges or universities, send an official college transcript to have those credits transferred to SBU.
You can also earn college credit through Advanced Placement (AP) and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests.
Our course transfer equivalency guide will help you learn how your credits will transfer.