Ministry Letter to University of North Texas

Recently a home school student applied to the University of North Texas. It appears, due to discriminatory policies against home schoolers, he will be turned down. The policy treats all home schoolers, regardless of their ability, as though they are equivalent to the 51st – 75th percentile of their peers in accredited public high schools. Tim wrote a letter in support of the student and urged the school to take any and all actions necessary to resolve the discriminatory practice.

Read the letter.


  1. DeBorah Simpson says

    Hmmm. It surprises me about this letter to UNT regarding a homeschool student rejection for admission. We had no problem in 2006 when our homeschooled son was accepted at UNT. In fact, he was greatly admired on campus when professors and other students found out he was homeschooled. He was very active in groups there, met his wife there, and is now in the Air Force. I’m surprised at UNT. Oh yeah, Obama wasn’t heard of yet in 2006.

  2. June says

    Although I appreciate you going to bat for this homeschooler, I must say I’ve had a much better impression of UNT. I have one daughter in her 3rd year there and as a homeschooled student, she was warmly welcomed. She has been on either the President’s List (4.0) or Dean’s List almost every semester. My younger daughter was also easily accepted there, though she later chose to attend a different university.

    • Tim Lambert says

      I’m glad you’ve had a good experience, but there admission policy is clearly discriminatory in that it places home schoolers and all unaccredited private school graduates in the 3rd quartile (51-75%) and mandates much higher SAT or ACT scores for them. Texas A&M however places home school students in the top quartile (1-25%) which is much more reasonable.

  3. Lori Lui says

    Thank you for addressing this issue. It is clearly discriminatory, and I hope the policy is changed soon.

  4. Susan Szakin says

    Our son was initially denied admission last year and we were advised of this policy. He was later admitted and had a great year. It’s a great school and will be even better if this policy is changed!

  5. Dave Norman says

    It seems common place. My daughter who was an academic admit to 100% of Texas Schools other than UT (Not top 10 %) based on her public High School record she attended through her third year. We home schooled senior year combined with study abroad. A 1240 on the first two parts of the SAT did not meet the requirement of many schools. Steven F. Austin in Nacogdoches only neeaded 1200 and were happy to have her.

    Tim thanks for being out front on this.

  6. Susan Gallagher says

    I am on my 3 student at UNT, and have had no decimation with any of them. My first Child in 2006, was borderline on her SATs, and had to take the THEA, but her test group was filled with public school kids that had to do the same. She at that time had to take PSYC2000 which was primarily a study skills course, which I am sorry to say they no longer offer. I thought that course was an extremely valuable one.

    My second one has dyslexia and while his Math skills tested extremely high on the SAT his English and Writing were boarder line. We were very lucky to have been checked out by Scottish Rite which has a wonderful program, while (under 14) for this particular child it was a wonderful resource which enabled his to get evaluated and receive the learning disability accommodations he need for a successful college career. UNT gave me a tremendous amount of hand holding through the process. Plus the programs that they offer for learning strategies are a huge support to him. My 3rd kid, outside of taking the THEA, had no hiccups wit admissions in 2011. Next year it will be my last kid. So I have no idea about the policy described UNT was nothing but helpful and encouraging during admissions.

    My only criticism is that there is no support in the home school community for children who have learning disabilities. The curriculums and couselors had really no support. One of the larger home school program counselors ask that when I find out let him know cause they have a child who is struggling and they can’t find help. With 20 to 25 percent of kids having learning disabilities, it would be nice to have some efforts put toward getting our kids in to the MTA programs that the public schools offer, which are life changing or these students.

  7. Randy says

    I’m glad your going up against that discrimination policy regarding home school kids!! It’s not right at all! Great job!

  8. Beth Leonard says

    I just wanted to bring to the table that as home educators, our family had a great experience with UNT. My daughter, who was homeschooled through high school, was easily accepted by the university in 2012. She went through the standard admissions process, submitted a well constructed but homemade high school transcript and did not have to jump through any special hoops or meet any unusual requirements. She was even offered an academic scholarship from UNT. She attended there for the 2012-2013 school year and had a fantastic experience. Her home educated background was never an issue or concern for any faculty member. My daughter recently transferred to TCU to pursue a nursing degree, but she will always remember her UNT experience as nothing but a positive one. I don’t know all that has gone on with the student that is having a hard time with UNT but nothing about your story matches our experience. Something is definitely amiss in this situation.