In Texas, home schoolers enjoy many freedoms that are not experienced in other states. Among the many freedoms that have been fought for and secured in Texas, there has been legislation preventing public colleges from discriminating against home school students in the admissions process.
Although most colleges have successfully altered their admissions standards to accommodate this law, which THSC and the home school community fought for and passed in 2003, sometimes THSC becomes aware of colleges whose admissions policies are still discriminatory.
Currently, UT Austin holds just such a policy. Home school students applying for admission to the university have no chance at automatic admission. This is in spite of the fact that other Texas students are able to gain admission to UT Austin automatically, and many other state colleges have found fair policies that they can use to extend this important opportunity to home school students.
Home schoolers who apply for admission to UT Austin are sent directly to holistic review, out of which only a small percentage of students ever make it. This leaves home school students at an extreme disadvantage; and even if they are admitted, their major may very well have been filled before hand by students who gained automatic admission, possibly even with lower academic performance.
In response to these policies, THSC drafted a letter to the UT Austin admissions office urging them to alter their admissions process and end this discrimination against home school students.
THSC’s mission is to protect and defend home schooling and parental rights in Texas. Parents should not have to fear the prevention of their child’s entrance into college simply because they chose to home school, and we will boldly stand against such injustice.