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Homeschooled Students

Homeschooled students are welcomed and encouraged to consider Wisconsin Lutheran College for their post-secondary education. The faculty and staff at WLC recognize that students from different educational backgrounds bring unique perspectives and gifts to campus and therefore enrich the campus community. Homeschooled students have established a strong and successful reputation at WLC, with homeschooled graduates comprising some our most outstanding alumni stories.

  • Why did I choose to attend WLC? First of all, the admissions counselors were extremely helpful to me. I loved the small class sizes, and WLC was generous in its scholarships. But the biggest motivation to choose WLC was its atmosphere. I loved being part of a strong, Christian environment both in and out of classes. WLC professors are professionals in their fields and love sharing what they do, but they also look at the world through the lens of Christianity.
     - Jacqueline Gardner '10

    The following information is designed to provide homeschooled students the resources to make transitioning to Wisconsin Lutheran College as seamless as possible. However, if you have any questions, or if you are ready to take the next step and apply today, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would love to hear from you!

    Contact the Office of Admissions to learn more!
    admissions@wlc.eduPhone: 414.443.8811 • Fax: 414.443.8547

    Wisconsin Lutheran College is endorsed by Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). HSLDA is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms.

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    WLC offers $1,000 scholarships for eligible homeschooled students.

    In addition, homeschooled students may be eligible for scholarships that are awarded for academic achievement and merit, based upon their grade point average and on the ACT or SAT.

    Fine arts scholarships also are awarded to incoming students who have exceptional talent in the areas of art, music or theatre. 


    Wisconsin Lutheran College offers Discovery Day visit opportunities throughout the year, during which students and their families may tour the campus, meet with professors, coaches, and their personal admissions counselor.

    Students and their families are also welcome to visit campus for an individual tour. Tours are typically scheduled for weekdays. When school is in session, visitors may sit in on a class and/or eat lunch in the dining hall. Individual tours allow students to customize the visit experience.


    Wisconsin's Early College Credit Program is available to any public and private school pupil enrolled in high school. However, Wisconsin Lutheran College provides a similar program, Young Scholars, that will enable a homeschooled student to take courses at WLC at the same reduced rate that the school district pays.

    Contact the Office of Admissions at 414.443.8811 or email for more information.



    What high school curriculum would give me the best preparation for college?

    WLC recommends that you complete four years of English, four years of math (including algebra, geometry and advanced algebra), three years of social studies, three years of science and three years of a foreign language. Students who take at least three years of a single foreign language during high school are not required to continue their foreign language studies at WLC.


    Does WLC prefer a pre-packaged curriculum or is it permissible to design my own?

    With the understanding that each student's education is catered to fit his/her educational needs, WLC understands that many homeschooled students may not utilize a pre-packaged curriculum. Students in this situation may include a brief description of each high school class completed or include the textbook title and publisher used for each class on the transcript. This helps the college determine the student's academic abilities and access his/her likelihood for success at WLC.


    Can I apply if I do not have a state-certified diploma or GED?

    Yes. WLC does not require that you have a state-certified diploma or GED for admission. By assessing a student's standardized test scores and transcript, the college can verify that the student has completed the coursework necessary for college preparation.

    What should be included in my transcript?

    Your high school transcript personal information should include your full name, social security number, address, date of birth, gender and phone number. Necessary academic information includes a list of classes since the beginning of ninth grade, your grade earned and number of credits earned from each class.

    Who should write my recommendation if my parent is my primary teacher?

    Your recommendation should be completed by a non-family member, such as a pastor, employer, music teacher or coach, or anyone else familiar with your capabilities and potential.

    What are the standardized test requirements?

    WLC recommends that students have at least a 21 ACT (or SAT equivalent) and at least a 2.7 grade point average for admission. WLC accepts your highest score, so you are welcome to send in multiple test results. Your ACT/SAT score and grade point average are also used as standards for the merit awards.


    Does WLC accept CLEP and AP scores?

    Yes! WLC accepts both CLEP and AP test scores. In order to receive credit for AP tests, students must receive a minimum score of three to five depending on the subject. Minimum scores of fifty to sixty-five on CLEP exams are necessary for transfer. For specific information about AP/CLEP exams and how they transfer please contact the Registrar's Office.

    If I've taken a class at a community college, will my credits transfer?

    Wisconsin Lutheran College accepts transfer credits from accredited institutions. After receiving an official transcript which lists the courses taken and credits and grades earned, the Registrar will perform a credit evaluation. Transfer credit is awarded for those courses in which a student receives a grade higher than a D (1.0 on a 4.0 scale). Credits accepted for transfer may be used to satisfy WLC degree requirements.


    Am I required to live on campus?

    Since WLC is a four-year residential college, all students, with the exception of commuters who live at home, must live on campus. Any exceptions to this policy must be requested in writing to the Vice President of Student Life.