School of Education


Doctor of Education (EdD)


Kathie M Morgan


College Acceptance Process, College Application Process, College Challenges, College Transition, Homeschool Graduates and College Transition, Homeschooling


Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Psychology | Other Education | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education


The purpose of this multiple case study was to explore and capture how Pennsylvania homeschooled graduates transitioned from their homeschooled academic environment to a collegiate one. This research was founded on the need for further research addressing homeschoolers and their transition into college. Existing literature falls short which not only documents the first-hand, personal experiences taken directly from homeschooled graduates, but from their mothers, as well. Five research questions were developed to guide this study. Questionnaires and oral interviews were used to capture the unique personal experiences from both the students and their mothers. During the analysis phase, five recurring themes were identified and were explored in further detail. These five themes include: (a) Why homeschool? (b) Pre-college experiences, (c)Transition from home to college, (d) College experiences, and, (e)Post-college reflections and personal changes. Each of the seven individual cases addresses the five research questions, as well as, expands the themes and experiences. Finally, recommendations for further study are provided and designed to encourage further exploration of homeschool related topics.