Innovation is a fundamental element of the Wright State experience.

We are happy to partner with students who have had a home schooled education. A home school background provides higher education institutions with students who are innovators and pioneers in the education frontier. At Wright State, home schooled students enjoy the same access to institutional resources as traditional high school students. We have enjoyed seeing them excel at every level of the university experience.

Application Process

We operate under a “Liberal Admissions Policy” which gives all applicants the same chance of gaining admission to the university regardless of the style of educational preparation.  Interested home school students must be at least sixteen years of age to begin the admissions application process.  Photot of a Home School Student

Application materials should arrive no later than six to twelve months ahead of the planned enrollment date.  Each applicant must provide documentation of all academic achievement and/or performance through the steps outlined in this policy.  Regardless of your home school program, be it an accredited or graded curriculum, all applicants bare the burden of clearly articulating the nuances of their specific program and governing philosophy to assist WSU in the application review process.


The Undergraduate Office of Admissions will evaluate the submitted transcript(s) as part of a careful review of the completed file.  Whether participating on a graded curriculum or not, we require a transcript showing a minimum of six semesters of coursework to be considered for admission to WSU.  Students pursuing admission by way of the General Education Diploma of High School Equivalency (GED) must score a minimum of 530 to be considered for admission to the university.

College Prep Form

Wright State’s home school admissions counselor will complete the “college prep” evaluation form which documents progress and deficiencies for high school credit.  Depending upon when the application is submitted and where we are on our academic calendar, the completed processing of application materials should take 2 to 3 weeks.

Class Rank

As an expression of preference, home schooled students have chosen to opt-out of the traditional compulsory education experience (or high school experience) to pursue the freedoms and benefits of home school education.  In regards to class rank, WSU’s position is that class rank remains a recognized component of the traditional high school experience.  WSU uses class rank as one of three variables in considering traditional high school applicants for admission and scholarship eligibility.    

We have had occasions where home schooled and traditional high school students request that we consider or not consider class rank for admission and scholarship purposes.  Students typically request the use of class rank when it benefits them while asking for omission when it does not.  WSU has determined that class rank will not be considered as a variable for the admission or scholarship eligibility of home schooled students.  We believe it is not in the spirit of home school education to judge these students in terms of class rank; however, class rank serves as a valuable component in gauging the academic progress of traditional high school students.  

Admission Requirements

Ohio Students

All home schooled students should complete a program of academic preparation that includes a strong college-preparatory core of instruction.  This program should mirror the standards set by the Ohio State Board of Education:

  • Four units of English
  • Three units of Mathematics (including Algebra I & II)
  • Three units of Social Sciences (including two units of History)
  •  Three units of Science (with significant laboratory experience)
  •  Two units of a Foreign Language (same foreign/classical language through level II)
  •  One unit of Visual or Performing Arts

Each applicant should clearly articulate all secondary coursework completed while providing written verification from the appropriate school district excusing the student from compulsory attendance.  Students may also be asked to submit an equivalent diploma through a successful General Education Development (GED) test and an ACT or SAT score.

For unconditional admission, Ohio home schooled applicants who have used a graded curriculum must meet the following criteria:

  • 2.0 grade point average
  • Completion of college-preparatory curriculum
  • 18 ACT composite or 840 SAT (Critical Reading and Math sections only)

*In keeping with office policy, all application materials become the property of Wright State University upon submission. 

Out-of-State Students

Out of state students must present evidence of an above-average ability to do college level course work while also submitting the appropriate supporting documents as required by their home state. 

For unconditional admission, home schooled applicants residing out of state must meet the following criteria:

  • 2.5 grade point average
  • Satisfactory completion of the state of Ohio’s recommended college preparatory curriculum 
  • 20 ACT composite or 960 SAT critical reading and math only
Accredited Program Applicants

If you are an accredited program applicant, you are also expected to submit the following:

  • Completed application for admission
  • $30.00 application fee
  • Official copy of applicants’ ACT/SAT scores
  • Official copy of applicants’ home school and/or High School transcript(s)
  • Evidence of satisfactory progress or completion of the college prep core curriculum evidenced through the college prep evaluation form
  • Copy of official graduation certificate or diploma or other proof of satisfactory completion of program or curriculum 
Non-Accredited Program Applicants

If you are a non-accredited program applicant, you are also expected to submit the following:

  • Completed application for admission
  • $30.00 application fee
  • Official copy of applicants’ ACT/SAT scores
  • Official copy of applicants’ home school and/or High School transcript(s)
  • Evidence of satisfactory progress or completion of the college prep core curriculum evidenced through the college prep evaluation form
  • Copy of official graduation certificate or diploma or other proof of satisfactory completion of program or curriculum  
  • Copy of the student’s learning and assessment plan    
  • List of materials/resources utilized (If required by your state of residence)
  • Copy of other standardized test results (If such tests were a component of the learning and assessment plan) 
  • Letter of recommendation addressing the student’s academic abilities from a teacher, mentor, or community member (not from a parent)
  • Statement of home school philosophy/time-line describing educational goals as well as benchmarks and related learning objectives
  • Copy of official graduation certificate or diploma or proof of completion of program or curriculum

Additional Information

Campus Visits

Wright State University recommends that all potential students visit campus before or during the application process.  However, in regards to the home schooled student, WSU feels that a campus visit is an essential predictor for the potential success of the student.  As there are no two schools alike, the campus visit helps define the particular “fit” for the student and the general atmosphere of the campus.  In many respects, a campus visit is as close to test driving the college experience as a potential student can get. 

With this in mind, we recommend that you schedule a campus visit as early as possible while also scheduling an appointment with our admissions advisor to help familiarize yourself with our home school policies and procedures.  An appointment with our home school admissions counselor will assist you in navigating through your transition to college as well as WSU’s application process.

Students with Disabilities

Wright State is nationally recognized for providing outstanding services for students with physical, emotional, and intellectual disabilities.  However, we want to make it clear that these services are automatically rendered for every student. 

Our office of Disability Services can not commit to a specific strategy of services until the applicant provides the appropriate documentation for review.  You can be certain that we will conduct a thorough and comprehensive evaluation of all necessary materials when determining what services we can or cannot provide.

Additional Information

Additional Information

It will take up to three weeks to process the application once all required items are received.

Track your application status online once you receive your UID and PIN.

Selective Service

Attention male students: A law passed by the Ohio Assembly requires state universities to charge nonresident fees to male (Ohio) students who have not registered with the Selective Service. In addition, Selective Service registration is linked to many federal and state benefits, including eligibility for federal student loans and grants.

Federal law requires virtually all men to register with Selective Service within 30 days of turning 18. Males who have not registered with the Selective Service may register online at the Selective Service System Website or go to any U.S. Post Office.

If you have registered but have lost your Selective Service number, call the Selective Service System at (708) 688-6888 between 8:30 a.m. and 6:45 p.m., Monday through Friday, and a duplicate card will be sent within ten days. For additional information, please visit the Selective Service System Web site.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Wright State University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, sex (including gender identity/expression), color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, genetic (DNA) information, veteran status, military status, or sexual orientation. We take affirmative action to recruit and assist members of various racial or ethnic groups, women, Vietnam-era veterans, and persons with disabilities whose ability to achieve academic success might otherwise be unrecognized because of cultural barriers. Our policy is consistent with the various federal and Ohio statutes that prohibit discrimination.