Do you have any special circumstances?
If you are not enrolled in a typical U.S. high school, chances are you have special circumstances to consider. You'll find a few examples below. In all cases, check with the colleges where you wish to apply for specific information.
Common Special Circumstances
If you have been home schooled, you may not have followed a course of studies that results in grades or test scores. Instead, you might be able to substitute a portfolio of your best work, a logbook of your community activities, or college credits earned before applying for admission. Each college evaluates home-schooled applicants differently. Check with your school to learn its requirements.
A transfer student is one who has been out of high school for at least one full semester and has attended some college or university for credit. If you are transferring from another school, you'll need to provide a transcript and possibly additional course descriptions.
If you're in the U.S. on an approved visa or status, you may be eligible to attend college or university here. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website has specific regulations you may find helpful. You may also need to supply your school with additional documentation and take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
Do you have special needs?
If you have a special need, state it on the application or attach a page describing your situation. Many schools offer services for students who:
- Are deaf or hard of hearing
- Are blind or visually impaired
- Have learning disabilities
- Have physical, language, speech, or other health impairments