If You Were Home Schooled ...

The NAIA has worked with the Home School Legal Defense League to find appropriate standards that will ensure home schooled students still meet entering freshmen requirements, while recognizing the criteria for meeting those requirements must be adapted to fit the distinctive high school experience.

The eligibility of home schooled students follows one of two pathways:

Automatic Academic Eligibility Qualifications

  • Home school students who complete a home shooling program and meet the minimum NAIA home school ACT or SAT test score are considered to have met the freshman eligibility requirement.  How to send test scores.
  • 18 on the ACT for tests taken beginning March 2016*
  • 20 on the ACT for tests taken prior to March 2016*

*Per NAIA Bylaws V.C.2, Note 2: "For ACT tests taken prior to March 2016, a minimum score of 20 is required. This criteria will apply through the 2018-19 academic year, after which time testing requirements for freshman eligibility will be reevaluated."

  • 950 on the SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing & Math)


  • A final home school transcript must be sent to the NAIA Eligibility Center, but GPA is not used to determine eligibility.
  • Class rank is not applicable.


OR Individual Review

  • Students who do not meet the automatic academic eligibility qualifications, but who complete a home schooling program in accordance with their state's laws may request a home school review from the NAIA Home School Committee.
  • Students will still need to submit transcripts and test scores to the NAIA Eligibility Center. How to send test scores.

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