Covenant College enjoys a large number of home-schooled students in our student body. In fact, our population of students who come to Covenant from a home-school background has risen from 4% in 1995 to 23% today!
Here we address a few topics that home-schooled students and parents are often interested in. If you have a question we don't answer here, please give us a call or email and we'll be glad to talk with you:
Academic Requirements for Home-Schooled Students
Covenant College offers students an academically rigorous liberal arts education, equipping them to explore and express the preeminence of Jesus Christ in all things. Consistent with this mission, the average freshman has the following academic record from high school:
- 3.63 un-weighted GPA
- 1180 (Math + Critical Reading) SAT or 26 composite ACT
Your high school curriculum should include at least 16 units, with each unit representing one year of satisfactory work in a particular subject. We recommend that your units be distributed as follows:
- English: 4 units
- Math: 3 units
- History or Social Studies: 2 units
- Natural Science: 2 units
- Foreign Language: 2 units of the same language
- Electives: 3 or 4 units
As we require of all applicants, we will need a complete transcript of all your high school work for ninth through twelfth grades. An umbrella home-school organization or the teaching parents may submit your transcript to us. Your transcript should include:
- Years of study
- Course titles
- Letter grades
- Credits or carnegie units completed
- Grading scale
- Cumulative GPA
- Graduation date
Below are resources that you are welcome to use if they are helpful to you:
- Home-school transcript:
Editable Version (rich-text format) | Printable Version
- Transcript sample
- Transcript primer
- GPA calculation table (MS Excel format)
Dual Enrollment in College and Home-School
If you are completing any dual-enrollment courses (college-level courses that you want to use for both high school and college credit), please indicate the name of the college on your Application for Admission. Your dual enrollment coursework should be included on your high school transcript. To determine transfer credit, we will also need an official college transcript and catalog (or a URL to a webpage that contains course descriptions) for each college-level course.
Academic Reference for Home-Schooled Students
All applicants are required to submit an Academic Reference Form completed by someone who knows you in an academic setting. This form cannot be completed by a parent or any other relative. You may ask another teacher, tutor, music instructor, coach, or even a Sunday School teacher to complete this form. While the required form must be completed by someone other than a relative, we welcome any additional comments from your parents that will help us get to know you better as a student. Your parent(s) may write a letter of recommendation in addition to the Academic Reference Form.
Financial Aid for Home-Schooled Applicants
Home-schooled students are eligible for federal aid if:
- You have completed a high school program (evident with a graduation date on a transcript or letter from your parents), or
- You are beyond the age of compulsory attendance of the state in which the college is located. The age of compulsory attendance in Georgia is 16.
Please see the Costs & Financial Aid section for more information.