6) Let the student take center stage. After playing the role of parent and teacher for so many years, some homeschooling parents have a difficult time letting go. A relationship that seems overly dependent will set off alarm bells in the admissions office. Each applicant must step forward and make the case for him -- or herself.
Homeschool parents and students should be prepared for wide variation in how their credentials are reviewed. At some institutions, including many state universities, bureaucratic barriers must still be overcome. Homeschooled or not, students should hedge their bets by applying to at least several institutions. Success in college admissions comes to those who keep an open mind and explore a variety of options.