Attending College Without Standard K-12 Schooling

A student of any age has many opportunities for getting into college without standard K-12 schooling. The books, materials and services listed in this section can help students compile their nonstandard studies, life and work experiences into a transcript to be used for college applications. Many colleges want self-starting, independent learners, and if students can prove through essays, work history and recommendations that they are capable and willing to do college-level work, they are very likely to be admitted somewhere. This is especially true if they have transcripts showing the successful completion of some community-college, adult-education or other academic courses.

There are also colleges that advocate a do-it-yourself approach to education, seeking to enroll students who want to develop their own curricula.

Creating Transcripts for College Admissions or Work

Free College Courses Online

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have become very popular, but none offer college credit at this point. This lists some major universities that offer MOOCS, as well as organizations that aggregate or conduct MOOCs.

Testing To Receive College Credit For Courses


Better Than College: How to Build a Successful Life Without a Four-Year Degree
The Art of Self-Directed Learning: 23 Tips for Giving Yourself an Unconventional Education


Unschool Adventures - Educational & adventure programs for teens & young adults who don’t go to school
Project World School - Inspiring temporary learning communities around the world for teens & young adults.