UNC no longer tracks the number of students coming from homeschool environments.
But at last count, in fall of 2010, only 22 enrolled at UNC, entering into a very different environment at a university with almost 30,000 students.
Sophomore Claire Lingenfelter was homeschooled her entire educational career, except ninth grade, but she said she never felt isolated or alone during her experience.
“I think the whole homeschooling socialization is a myth,” Lingenfelter said
She took part in a ‘co-op,’ or a group of five to 10 families that met once a week and had different mothers teach various subjects. Lingenfelter said she appreciated the classes because they included students with different perspectives.
“We were all in there together, and I felt I learned how to relate to kids of a lot of different ages,” Lingenfelter said.
Andrea Felder, associate director for recruitment at UNC, said homeschooled students go through the same application process as everyone else.
She said the only real difference is homeschooled students must have their parents submit a detailed statement describing the courses their child took throughout high school.
“They continue to contribute to the campus community and the more information they provide, the better off they are,” Felder said regarding whether homeschooled students were at a disadvantage when applying.