Home-Schooled Applicants

In evaluating your application to Denison, we take a number of things into consideration about you as an individual. We are seeking students who have demonstrated a seriousness toward their academic life and who, in addition, would bring a variety of interests, characteristics, and personal qualities to our dynamic campus community. Our admission committee gives careful attention to the following components of your application:

Required items and additional information for home-schooled applicants

Required Items

Additional Information

Common Application or Coalition Application

Once you submit your application, you will be emailed a confirmation that includes login information for your online portal (where you can keep track of your other application materials). A personal essay is included in this application.

High School Transcript

Your teacher/counselor must send us a copy of your official transcript, including a detailed syllabus. We will use this to recalculate your GPA and evaluate your academic performance and course selection*.

Recommendations (x2)

These references must come from adults not related to you (unless a family member was your primary instructor). One reference should be a teacher, and the other should be from someone affiliated with one of your extracurricular activities.

Early Decision Agreement

This contract—signed by you, a parent/guardian, and your counselor—is required for early decision applicants.

Optional items and additional information for home-schooled applicants

Optional Items

Additional Information

ACT or SAT Scores

Submission of test scores is optional. Any test scores submitted are superscored.

Interview (on campus with an admission counselor or senior interviewer, or off campus with an alumnus/alumna)

Interviews are optional but strongly recommended.

Fine/Performing Arts Supplement

Students interested in creative writing, dance, music, studio art, or theatre may submit supplementary arts materials for evaluation. This is done through the Denison Applicant Portal, which is available once the Common or Coalition Application has been submitted.

* We strongly recommend that you complete four years of English and at least three years of mathematics, foreign language, science, and social studies during high school. We also encourage you to challenge yourself with rigorous courses, when available and within reason.

Application rounds and relevant dates

Application Round

Submission Deadline

Decision Notification Sent

Reply Deadline

Early Decision I (binding)

November 15

December 15

7-10 days

Early Decision II (binding)

January 15

February 15

7-10 days

Regular Decision

January 15


May 1

Regardless of when an admission decision is released, all admission decisions become final and official on April 1. Any appeals must be submitted prior to April 1.

Denison University is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in matters of admission, employment, and housing, and in access to and participation in its education programs, services, and activities. No person shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, religion, creed, or disability.

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