Gutenberg College is by current standards “non-traditional,” yet the education it offers harkens back to a time when education was designed primarily for the heart and soul of a person rather than for his or her job training. Gutenberg’s methodology and perspective on learning requires a mindset used to thinking outside the educational box. Gutenberg College has found many allies within the homeschooling community since, as a group, these families already have chosen an alternative learning mode. Therefore, Gutenberg aggressively seeks students within the homeschooling community who are sympathetic to Gutenberg’s mission and educational goals.
All homeschooled students must meet the same academic and readiness standards as those from campus-based schools. This means that a homeschooled student applying to Gutenberg College will have studied the disciplines commonly expected for college preparation.
This college course of study must be reflected in a transcript, which should include the following items:
- Title of course (for example, “Algebra I” or “Biology”)
- Year course taken (for example, “2004-2005” or “Senior Year”)
- Grade received (A–F)
- Credits received (A typical half-year course is 5 credits, and a one-year course is 10 credits.)
- Date of graduation (or expected date of graduation)
- Signature of principal (either the parent or a homeschool-program administrator)
SAT, ACT, or CLT Test Score
Homeschooled students without a traditional high school diploma or a GED certificate will be required to achieve one the following test scores to be eligible for admission:
- SAT: 530 or better on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section or a combined score of 980 or better on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section and the Math section
- ACT: 19
- CLT: 58
Scores should be sent to Gutenberg College. Gutenberg College’s SAT code is 2605. Gutenberg College’s ACT code is 5024.
For further information about these tests or to register, go to the following websites:
Gutenberg’s Application for Admission requests reference letters. The same letters are expected from homeschooled students: one letter from someone who can confirm the academic capability of the homeschooled student to meet the rigorous academic requirements of the Gutenberg curriculum and one letter from a person who can attest to the maturity/readiness of the homeschooled student to tackle the personal issues raised and discussed throughout Gutenberg’s Great-Books program.
A majority of Gutenberg’s faculty have homeschooled their own children; therefore, if an applying student or family member has questions or concerns about any of the above requirements, rest assured that the Admissions Committee aims to be both sensitive and flexible. Please feel free to contact the Admissions director.
Patti Hobbs, homeschooling parent of a Gutenberg College student:
“I couldn’t be more pleased with the education my son has gotten at Gutenberg. It is academically excellent and demanding: qualities that aren’t found at many colleges any more. Gutenberg is much more than just academics. Our son has grown in ways that I would not have imagined in the time that he has been there. He has developed deep and lasting friendships among a group of caring people. The environment of learning in the discussions encourages listening skills and learning respect for others’ opinions. The tutors at Gutenberg College are role models not only in intellect and knowledge, but also in character which reflects humility and great love for the students. There is something very special and unique about Gutenberg. Whereas most colleges desire to attract the brightest students, Gutenberg desires to attract students whose goals are to gain greater understanding and to develop wisdom for living lives in Truth. Because they are true to this ideal in practice, they see students as more than just their minds; they see them as individuals with all of an individual’s unique qualities. They recognize that intelligence is not a primary factor for success and that success is not measured by the world’s standards; they recognize that a willingness to learn and to work hard is often more influential in a student’s success. Because Gutenberg has different goals than most colleges, they attract students of varied backgrounds and a richer environment is created. It is a privilege to me for my son to be attending a college where the faculty live out their Christian lives in such a way to influence and inspire students.”
Randy and Bev Kirk, homeschooling parents of three Gutenberg College students:
“As homeschooling parents we were committed to giving our children a ‘Christian education’. As time went by we began to give that term a more precise definition. What we really were wanting to do for our children was to teach them how to think in the context of a biblical worldview and how to be able to communicate that view.
Therefore, as they finished their schooling at home, we were in search of a school of higher learning that would continue that commitment. After being involved with Gutenberg College for the last seven years we firmly believe they seek to provide an environment where the student is encouraged and challenged to indeed think and then, both orally and in written form, to share what they themselves have thought through. As our children have entered their adult years we see the fruit of a ‘Christian education’ and how God has blessed them and used them in a powerful way.”
Peter and Kase Wierenga, homeschooling parents of four Gutenberg College students:
“We began to homeschool our four children way back in the mid-1980s. Some of our friends homeschooled out of a desire to ‘protect’ their children, but our primary motivation was because we placed such a high value on education and wanted to enjoy seeing our children develop both a love of learning and their individual interests. On top of that we wanted them to learn to become careful and disciplined in their thinking, being honest and sincere seekers of Truth.
Gutenberg College provides the perfect completion of that academic regimen. Nowhere else did we find such willingness to pursue Truth and such a clear interest in the growth and maturity of each individual student. And we have found that the quality of the academics matches or exceeds anything my wife and I found in our undergraduate and graduate studies. Gutenberg doesn’t fit the mold of any other Christian college with which I have had contact, but we are delighted with the way a clear biblical worldview provides support for every area of study. One cannot be a part of the Gutenberg community without grappling with this intellectual and very personal confrontation with Truth.”