Colleges Rated by College Rating Guides

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Have You Heard of These Colleges?

I have been researching the issue of college entrance for homeschoolers for several years.

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I hope all of you enjoy the Colleges That Admit Homeschoolers Web page, which is the most comprehensive and accurate of its kind. Please let me know what other information you would like added to that Web page.

As part of continually improving the Colleges That Admit Homeschoolers FAQ, I've put together this page listing selective or good colleges to see how many of those are known to have accepted homeschooled applicants. Some of the 296 entries below (which is at least 295 more colleges than anyone needs to attend to obtain a good education) have only recently been reported as having admitted homeschoolers. But more than 280 selective colleges had admitted homeschoolers by 2001, which means that a majority of all such colleges (including the entire Ivy League) have done so.

I owe a big thank you to the many people who have sent me information by E-mail or postal mail to keep the Colleges That Admit Homeschoolers FAQ up-to-date and accurate. I'd be happy to hear from you too about that issue, so please take a look at the list of "selective" or "good" colleges below, to see if you know of any that have admitted homeschoolers. The colleges listed below were found in various standard reference books available in public libraries, variously listing "the few hundred best schools in the country," "America's top liberal arts schools," "competitive colleges," schools "where students maximize their education," "the best and most interesting" colleges, "America's best colleges," or "America's 100 top schools." For each college listed in one of the books I consulted, its name appears below followed by an abbreviation of the source(s) that mention it. No college listed was mentioned by the maximum possible eight sources. My grandfather's alma mater gets mentioned in five sources; so does my dad's (and grandmother's). My alma mater (for both of my postsecondary degrees) gets mentioned in six sources. Because I had nothing to do with setting up the criteria for choosing colleges in any of those reference books, and because I reserve the right to disagree with the sources attached to any listing, don't complain to me if your own alma mater isn't even listed here. Some readers have asked me what sources I used to compile my master list (with which we can all disagree as much as we like) of "selective" or "good" colleges. My sources were the books listed in the section on "Sources of College Ratings" in this site's bibliography page Books on College Admission and Student Financial Aid.

You are welcome, of course, to disagree with anyone else's rating of colleges as "selective" or "good." My children are young enough, and these procedures are laborious enough, that I only update this page on "selective" or "good" colleges every year or so. But reputations die slowly, so the colleges listed below with the most sources attached to the entry will probably be prestigious for some time to come, perhaps until colleges themselves are obsolete.

List of "Outstanding" or "Noteworthy" Colleges

Agnes Scott College (Decatur, GA) *
Albion College (Albion, MI)
Alfred University (Alfred, NY)
Allegheny College (Meadville, PA) *
Alma College (Alma, MI)
American University (Washington, DC) **
Amherst College (Amherst, MA) ***
Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)
Auburn University (Auburn, AL)
Austin College (Sherman, TX) *
Babson College (Babson Park, MA) *
Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY) **
Barnard College (New York, NY) ***
Bates College (Lewiston, ME) ***
Baylor University (Waco, TX) *
Beloit College (Beloit, WI) *
Bennington College (Bennington, VT) *
Birmingham-Southern College (Birmingham, AL)
Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA) ***
Boston University (Boston, MA) **
Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME) ***
Brandeis University (Waltham, MA) ***
Brigham Young University (Provo, UT) **
Brown University (Providence, RI) ***
Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, PA) **
Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA) ***
California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA) ***
California Polytechnic State University: San Luis Obispo (CA)
Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI)
Carleton College (Northfield, MN) ***
Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA) ***
Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH) ***
Catholic University of America (Washington, DC)
Centre College (Danville, KY)
Claremont McKenna College (Claremont, CA) ***
Clark University (Worcester, MA)
Clarkson University (Potsdam, NY)
Clemson University (Clemson, SC) *
Coe College (Cedar Rapids, IA)
Colby College (Waterville, ME) ***
Colgate University (Hamilton, NY) ***
College of New Jersey (Ewing, NJ) ***
College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA) ***
College of Wooster (Wooster, OH)
College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor, ME) *
College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA) ***
Colorado College (Colorado Springs, CO) *
Colorado School of Mines (Golden, CO) *
Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO)
Columbia University: Columbia College (New York, NY) ***
Connecticut College (New London, CT) ***
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (New York, NY) ***
Cornell College (Mount Vernon, IA)
Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) ***
Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH) ***
Davidson College (Davidson, NC) ***
DePauw University (Greencastle, IN) *
Denison University (Granville, OH) *
Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA) **
Drew University (Madison, NJ)
Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)
Duke University (Durham, NC) ***
Earlham College (Richmond, IN) *
Elon University (Elon, NC) *
Emerson College (Boston, MA) *
Emory University (Atlanta, GA) ***
Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts (New York, NY)
Evergreen State College (Olympia, WA)
Fairfield University (Fairfield, CT) *
Fisk University (TN)
Florida Institute of Technology (Melbourne, FL)
Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL) *
Fordham University (Bronx, NY) *
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (Needham, MA)
Franklin and Marshall College (Lancaster, PA) *
Furman University (Greenville, SC) **
George Mason University (Fairfax, VA)
George Washington University (Washington, DC) ***
Georgetown University (Washington, DC) ***
Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA) **
Gettysburg College (Gettysburg, PA) *
Gonzaga University (WA) *
Goucher College (Baltimore, MD)
Grinnell College (Grinnell, IA) **
Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN) *
Hamilton College (Clinton, NY) ***
Hampden-Sydney College (Hampden-Sydney, VA)
Hampshire College (Amherst, MA) *
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA) ***
Harvey Mudd College (Claremont, CA) ***
Haverford College (Haverford, PA) ***
Hendrix College (Conway, AR)
Hiram College (Hiram, OH)
Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Geneva, NY)
Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY)
Hollins University (Roanoke, VA)
Hope College (Holland, MI)
Howard University (Washington, DC)
Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago, IL) **
Illinois Wesleyan University (Bloomington, IL) **
Indiana University Bloomington (IN)
Iowa State University (Ames, IA)
Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY)
James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA)
Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD) ***
Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, MI)
Kansas State University (KS)
Kenyon College (Gambier, OH) ***
Kettering University (Flint, MI) *
Knox College (Galesburg, IL)
Lafayette College (Easton, PA) ***
Lake Forest College (Lake Forest, IL)
Lawrence University (Appleton, WI) **
Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA) **
Lewis and Clark College (Portland, OR)
Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA)
Loyola College in Maryland (Baltimore, MD) *
Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA)
Macalester College (St. Paul, MN) ***
Marlboro College (Marlboro, VT)
Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI) *
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA) ***
Mercer University (Macon, GA)
Miami University (Oxford, OH) *
Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
Michigan Technological University (Houghton, MI)
Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT) ***
Mills College (Oakland, CA)
Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA)
Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA) **
Muhlenberg College (Allentown, PA) **
New College of Florida (Sarasota, FL) **
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (Socorro, NM)
New York University (New York, NY) ***
North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC) *
Northeastern University (Boston, MA) *
Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, AZ)
Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) ***
Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH) ***
Occidental College (Los Angeles, CA) ***
Ohio State University: Columbus Campus (Columbus, OH) *
Ohio University (Athens, OH)
Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, OH)
Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, OK)
Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR)
Penn State University Park (State College, PA) *
Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA) *
Pitzer College (Claremont, CA) *
Pomona College (Claremont, CA) ***
Princeton University (Princeton, NJ) ***
Providence College (Providence, RI) *
Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN)
Reed College (Portland, OR) ***
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY) **
Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI)
Rhodes College (Memphis, TN) *
Rice University (Houston, TX) ***
Ripon College (Ripon, WI)
Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)
Rollins College (Winter Park, FL)
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Terre Haute, IN) **
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey: New Brunswick/Piscataway (NJ) *
Saint Louis University (St. Louis, MO)
Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, NY) *
Scripps College (Claremont, CA) ***
Seattle University (Seattle, WA)
Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY) *
Smith College (Northampton, MA) ***
Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX)
Southwestern University (Georgetown, TX) *
Spelman College (Atlanta, GA)
St. John's College (Annapolis, MD) **
St. John's College (Santa Fe, NM)
St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY)
St. Mary's College of Maryland (St. Mary's City, MD)
St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN) *
Stanford University (Stanford, CA) ***
State University of New York College at Geneseo (NY) **
State University of New York at Albany (NY)
State University of New York at Binghamton (NY) *
State University of New York at Buffalo (NY)
State University of New York at Stony Brook (NY) *
Stetson University (DeLand, FL)
Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NJ)
Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, PA)
Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA) ***
Sweet Briar College (Sweet Briar, VA)
Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY) *
Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)
Texas A and M University (College Station, TX) *
Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, TX)
Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX)
Trinity College (Hartford, CT) **
Trinity University (San Antonio, TX) **
Truman State University (Kirksville, MO) *
Tufts University (Medford, MA) ***
Tulane University (New Orleans, LA) ***
Union College (Schenectady, NY) *
United States Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, CO) **
United States Coast Guard Academy (New London, CT) *
United States Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point, NY) *
United States Military Academy (West Point, NY) ***
United States Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD) ***
University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL)
University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR)
University of California: Berkeley (CA) **
University of California: Davis (CA)
University of California: Irvine (CA) *
University of California: Los Angeles (CA) ***
University of California: Riverside (CA)
University of California: San Diego (La Jolla, CA) *
University of California: Santa Barbara (CA)
University of California: Santa Cruz (CA)
University of Chicago (IL) ***
University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH)
University of Colorado at Boulder (CO)
University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT) *
University of Dallas (TX)
University of Dayton (OH)
University of Delaware (Newark, DE) *
University of Florida (Gainesville, FL) *
University of Georgia (Athens, GA) *
University of Hawaii at Manoa (Honolulu, HI)
University of Idaho (ID)
University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (IL) **
University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS)
University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY)
University of Maine (Orono, ME)
University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg, VA) *
University of Maryland--College Park (College Park, MD) *
University of Massachusetts Amherst (Amherst, MA)
University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL) ***
University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) **
University of Minnesota--Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN) *
University of Missouri: Columbia (MO)
University of Missouri: Rolla (MO) *
University of Nebraska--Lincoln (NE)
University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH)
University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC) ***
University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND)
University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN) ***
University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK)
University of Oregon (Eugene, OR)
University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) ***
University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA) *
University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA) *
University of Redlands (Redlands, CA)
University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI)
University of Richmond (Richmond, VA) ***
University of Rochester (Rochester, NY) ***
University of San Diego (CA) *
University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)
University of South Dakota (Vermillion, SD)
University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA) ***
University of Tennessee: Knoxville (TN)
University of Texas at Austin (TX) *
University of Tulsa (OK) *
University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)
University of Vermont (Burlington, VT)
University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) ***
University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
University of Wisconsin--Madison (WI) *
University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY)
University of the South (Sewanee, TN) *
Ursinus College (Collegeville, PA)
Valparaiso University (Valparaiso, IN)
Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) ***
Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY) ***
Villanova University (Villanova, PA) **
Virginia Military Institute (Lexington, VA)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, VA)
Wabash College (Crawfordsville, IN) *
Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC) ***
Washington State University (Pullman, WA)
Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO) ***
Washington and Jefferson College (Washington, PA)
Washington and Lee University (Lexington, VA) ***
Webb Institute (Glen Cove, NY) ***
Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA) ***
Wells College (Aurora, NY)
Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) ***
West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV)
Wheaton College (Norton, MA) **
Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL) *
Whitman College (Walla Walla, WA) **
Willamette University (Salem, OR)
Williams College (Williamstown, MA) ***
Wittenberg University (Springfield, OH)
Wofford College (Spartanburg, SC) *
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA)
Xavier University (Cincinatti, OH) *
Yale University (New Haven, CT) ***

Other Pages of This FAQ

Feel free to browse the other pages of the Colleges That Admit Homeschoolers FAQ, besides this Colleges Rated by Third-Party Rating Guides page, for more detailed information. The overall structure of the FAQ is like the outline below:
Colleges That Admit Homeschoolers FAQ (Guide to Selective College Admission for Home-schooled Applicants)
A guide to selective colleges that admit homeschooled applicants, with other college information for families.
Colleges Rated by Third-Party Rating Guides [this page]
A guide to which colleges are supposedly good colleges according to published sources.
Colleges (A-G) Reported to Have Admitted Homeschoolers
Colleges (A-G) (two-year and four-year) with neither open admission nor highly selective admission policies reported to have admitted homeschooled applicants.
Colleges (H-S) Reported to Have Admitted Homeschoolers
Colleges (H-S) (two-year and four-year) with neither open admission nor highly selective admission policies reported to have admitted homeschooled applicants.
Colleges (T-Z) Reported to Have Admitted Homeschoolers
Colleges (T-Z) (two-year and four-year) with neither open admission nor highly selective admission policies reported to have admitted homeschooled applicants.
Open Admission Colleges That Have Admitted Homeschoolers
Open-admission colleges (two-year and four-year) known to have admitted homeschooled applicants.
Financial Aid for College Study
How to get money for college study, especially for homeschoolers.
Sources for the Colleges That Admit Homeschoolers FAQ
The research base for the Colleges That Admit Homeschoolers FAQ.
Books on College Admission and Student Financial Aid
Bibliography page for the Colleges That Admit Homeschoolers FAQ, with interesting books about various aspects of college study.

[Last revision 9 March 2013]

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