Homeschool Students

Lyon College recognizes the potential possessed and readiness demonstrated by most homeschooled students to engage in a very rigorous, traditional liberal arts education. Often homeschoolers are among the best and brightest of our students, and we want you to know just how welcome you are here.

Below you will find application instructions specifically for homeschooled students, as well as resource material and background information.

Why Lyon for homeschoolers?

Our mission is to provide a traditional, liberal arts education that develops students intellectually, morally, culturally, and socially. Consider a few of the many reasons for choosing Lyon College:

Individual emphasis

Lyon classes are geared toward small groups, individual attention, and group discussion. With an average class-size of 14, a student-teacher ratio of 15:1, abundant seminar courses, directed studies (1-2 person individualized classes), and faculty members who truly love teaching individual students, Lyon will be a much easier transition for most homeschool students than many other, larger institutions.

Venture Inward

Explore the life of the mind, hone your unique perspective, and learn to live the self-examined life great thinkers and philosophers have lauded for centuries. While at Lyon, you can also study with the best.  Lyon faculty have won nearly two-thirds of the CASE/Carnegie Arkansas Professor of the Year awards since the first one was presented in 1989. We also leverage the liberal arts, teaching students to think critically, communicate effectively, and write persuasively. Don’t think outside the box—ask why there is a box!

Venture Outward

Break through your boundaries, integrating, leading, and adventuring in new places, and learn to push the envelope and lead while you’re doing it. Take the  L.E.A.P through Lyon’s Education and Adventure Program, which helps you learn to lead while caving, camping, canoeing, rock-climbing, bouldering, sport shooting, mountain biking, and ice-climbing (among other things)! Also make time to give back to your community through volunteer work, campus organizations, service opportunities, and more! You can also hit the road with faculty members and fellow students as you attend conferences, present papers, and learn from leading scholars in other geographic regions.

Venture Forth

Take flight—not metaphorically but literally as you venture forth to other countries, immersing yourself in foreign cultures, eating local cuisine, and doing it all as we pay for your airfare and lodgings. Our Nichols International Studies Program allows Lyon juniors and seniors to travel internationally to unbelievable locations for next to no cost. Whether you want to explore Incan ruins in Peru, the Bastille in France, or the Caribbean via a sailboat, we have trips that will invigorate your mind, body, and soul. Nichols journeys are also affordable—the cost of airfare and lodgings is covered by Lyon, and most students only have to budget for food and incidentals.

How to Apply

Often homeschoolers worry about college applications processes. Our goal at Lyon is to make the process as easy for homeschoolers as possible. For most homeschool students the process is simple and the bullets below can guide you.

  • Apply online
  • Send a copy of your ACT or SAT scores
  • Send a homeschool transcript (guidelines and examples below)

Homeschool Transcripts

As required of all applicants, we will need a complete transcript of all your high school work for ninth through twelfth grades. An umbrella home-school organization or the teaching parents may submit your transcript to us. Your transcript should include:

  • Years of study
  • Course titles
  • Letter grades
  • Credits
  • Grading scale
  • Cumulative GPA
  • Graduation date

Below are resources that you are welcome to use if they are helpful to you.


Dual Enrollment in College and Home-School

If you are completing any dual-enrollment courses (college-level courses that you want to use for both high school and college credit), please indicate the name of the college on your Application for Admission. Your dual enrollment coursework should be included on your high school transcript. To determine transfer credit, we will also need an official college transcript and catalog (or a URL to a webpage that contains course descriptions) for each college-level course.

Recommended Curriculum

We strongly recommended applicants take a challenging curriculum in the twelfth grade, including mathematics and sciences courses, and if possible, a foreign language at a level beyond the second year. Your high school curriculum should include at least 15 units, with each unit representing one year of satisfactory work in a particular subject. We recommend that your units be distributed as follows:

  • English: 4 units
  • Math: 3 units
  • History or social studies: 3 units
  • Natural science: 3 units
  • Foreign language: 2 units of the same language


If you have specific questions and want to talk with another homeschooler, please email Josh Manning (address below). Josh was homeschooled from kindergarten through twelfth grade, graduated from Lyon then Harvard, and now works as Lyon’s Director of Enrollment Services. He can be reached by email or at 800-423-2542 or 870-307-7416.