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    UC Riverside Taps Into Rich Vein of Homeschool Students

    Homeschooled and nontraditionally educated students, UC Riverside is looking for you!

    Come to Information Day on campus October 7, 9 a.m. to noon.
    o Get Fall 2007 admission details
    o Get an overview of current academic programs
    o Hear about UC Riverside from the perspective of currently enrolled homeschooled students
    o Tour our beautiful campus and learn about on-campus residence hall living

    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Robert Wilkinson of Chino Hills was homeschooled all his life, and will be among the freshmen who start at UC Riverside this month.

    Robert, 17, submitted a portfolio of his work that earned him a spot on campus and a scholarship offer. He was one of 16 people who applied through a year-old admissions program that uses a faculty committee to review the work of homeschooled and other nontraditionally educated students. His homeschooled sister, Stephanie, earned a place on campus the year before in the traditional way, with a combination of high test scores and grades.

    “Different paths are geared to different students,” said 19-year-old Stephanie.

    UCR has scheduled an Information Day for 9 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, Oct. 7 on campus, outlining the admissions guidelines for homeschool and nontraditionally educated students.

    “The new homeschool admissions program seems to have attracted outstanding students, as we’d hoped,” said Frank Vahid, a professor in the Department of Computer Science who helped establish the program. “Some applicants showed exceptional accomplishment in certain areas of study or very novel life experiences, while many also had high grades in community college courses and strong SAT scores. It looks like we’ve tapped into a pipeline of great students.”
    All together, 16 students submitted portfolios and 12 of those earned admission to UCR. Six of the 12 were judged worthy of Regents or Chancellor’s scholarships, a higher percentage than in the regular admission population. Six students have accepted the admission offer and now enrolled. Four of them have accepted scholarships which will cover at least 75 percent of their fees.

    “We are excited about the positive response from homeschooled and nontraditionally educated students and their parents,” said Interim Director of Admissions Merlyn Campos. “As we begin our recruitment for next year, we look forward to seeing an even bigger response.” The application season for the University of California begins Nov. 1.

    The U.S. Department of Education reports that 1.1 million, or 2.2 percent of all students, are homeschooled in the nation. While some private colleges have recruited homeschooling families, UCR is among the first public research universities to do so. More are expected to follow.

    UC Riverside is known for providing opportunities for undergraduate research, personal contact with professors, public service internships and international study. In fact, UC Riverside ranked 22nd in the nation in the 2006 Washington Monthly rankings of U.S. colleges and universities, a ranking based on what kind of service universities provide for the public investment in them. The high ranking was based on a combination of community service, research and social mobility, or a university’s ability to help low-income students get through to graduation and employment.

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