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“What will I be doing with my life?” High school is when most students start to think seriously about this question.

If college is your student’s aim, you’ll find lots of great advice below from experts on how to get into any level of college. Yes, homeschoolers have been getting into top colleges for decades!

Since the employment landscape is changing, and the cost of college keeps rising, college might not be your student’s first or only choice. Apprenticeships, technical training, and on-the-job training are growing in popularity as options for many. We continue to follow these trends in Practical Homeschooling magazine, where you can also find the latest advice from college admissions experts. We’ve got you covered!


Career Chase What careers will still be there for our children in a decade or two? Will they be able to earn enough to support a family? 10 years ago we took a peek into the future, and it’s amazing how spot-on our predictions were!

Not All Good Jobs Require a Bachelor’s Degree Good careers you can enter without college.

There Are Many Paths to Success Alternatives to four-year colleges.

From Homeschool to Home Business Ellyn Davis shares what she has learned about starting your own business and where to find help.

A Mom’s Journey to Marine Boot Camp “I want to be a Marine.” Would your son saying this spark fear or joy in your heart? One mom went behind the scenes to find out what her son would face.

Sign Language Interpreting Learn this second language and get a job!


Getting College Credit for Your Homeschool Susan Richman tells us how to prepare our children for the AP Exams and beyond.

What You Need to Know About the AP Exams What are the Advanced Placement Exams and how do homeschoolers go about studying for and taking them?

AP Courses At Home Preparing for Advanced Placement tests at home.

Homeschoolers and Advanced Placement Advanced Placement exams can have great benefits for a homeschooler’s college career. Find out how it works and how to find an online course.

How I Passed the AP Audit With the tough new rules about which couses can be legally labeled “AP.” Can a home-school mom still create and teach an AP course? Here's how one did just that.

Give Yourself a “CLEP Scholarship” Want to save thousands of dollars and months or years of time?

The Regents College Solution Exams you can take for college credit. Credit-banking. Credit review. Even a 2- or 4-year fully accredited college degree at home. See what “America’s First Virtual University” has to offer. [Note: It’s called “Excelsior College” now, and the prices mentioned in the article are from 17 years ago.]

Beware of This Dual-Credit TRAP Dual credit hours in high school might make financial aid challenging in college.


Meeting College Admission Requirements Betty Berring and Vivian Young give us the information we need to get started!

Getting Into a Top College Practical tips to help your kids get into a top college.

How to Be Your Kids' Personal Guidance Counselor With the help of college expert Andrew Morkes, Mary Pride explores the intricate world of preparing a child for college.

Building a College Résumé With a few organizing techniques and documentation procedures, it becomes much less fraught making a college resume for your homeschool student.

The College Application You cannot fail in your college application if you follow these important steps.

The Counselor Letter Learn to write an incredible counselor letter.

How to Make a High School Transcript There are many elements which go into a high school transcript.

Creating Your School Profile & Transcript Legend Tips on how to make a school profile.

Selling Colleges on You How to present yourself so you will stand out from the crowd of college applicants.

Your College Admissions Essay How to write a college application essay that will make you stand out and make a good impression.

College Interviews How to prepare for a college interview and how to impress your interviewer.

Getting Great College Recommendations Let others praise you... and get you into the college of your choice.

Your First College Class Michelle Dalrymple shares hints on how to make a good impression from the first day of class.


Choosing the Best College for Your Homeschooler Choosing a college: What should you consider when you're looking through the viewbooks?

Classical Colleges for Homeschoolers Andrew Kern takes you on a whirlwind tour of six classical colleges.

Aiming for Honors Learn what we found out attending an honors college convention—it could affect where you decide to apply.

My Week At West Point Workouts and workshops, spirit missions and challenge exercises: here's an inside view of a military academy.

Raising an Officer What are military academies looking for?


College at Home: Is It for You? Four ways to get that degree... at home.

Going to College at Home Paula Mann shows how you can do it.

Setting Up Your College Study Schedule Alexandra Swann shares pointers for students studying at home.

College at Home is a Bargain Joyce Swann reveals how to save $40,000 on a college degree.

What is “Accelerated Distance Learning”? A college degree in six months, for less than $5,000? It’s no lie! We interview the homeschool graduate who put the “accelerated” in “accelerated distance learning.”

College From a Hospital Bed Ted tells about how he survived major health challenges and earned a college degree via distance learning.

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