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Home Schooled

Applying to LRU as a Home-schooled Student  

What’s Required

A complete application: Apply with the Common App or an online La Roche application, or by mailing a printed application.

A transcript delivered through one of the following methods:

  • Issued by an Accredited Agency
  • Issued by parental supervisor with documentation of third-party evaluation by a local school district o

What’s Optional

  • SAT or ACT scores: Scores can be sent electronically using SAT code 2379 or ACT code 3607
    Other ways to submit official test results include:
  • By fax: 412-847-1820
  • By email:
  • By mail:
    La Roche University Freshman Admissions
    9000 Babcock Boulevard
    Pittsburgh, PA 15237
  • A personal interview.
  • Photocopies of course outlines, syllabi and/or completed works from your portfolio.
  • Official test results from any CLEP or AP exams to gain college credit. 

Important Deadlines

You can apply to LRU at any time, but you’ll want to submit a complete application by the dates below to receive the best financial aid and housing options.

  • Fall Semester Deadline: Nov. 1
  • Spring Semester Deadline: Dec. 15

Once you submit a complete application, you’ll receive an admissions decision within 10 to 14 day

Frequently Asked Questions

  • If I do not have a grade report, can I still apply for admission and be considered for scholarship money?
    Yes. Students without a grade report should submit a thorough portfolio that represents their high school academic career. La Roche reviews these materials for an admissions decision, and scholarship money is offered based on academic performance and achievement.
  • How important are SAT scores for admission?
    SAT scores are one component we use to determine the scholastic ability of a student. Your score is considered in association with your established academic achievements.
  • Will my extracurricular activities be considered?
    Yes. We always consider both school-sponsored and community-based extracurricular activities in the admissions decision.
  • If my parent is my teacher, is it acceptable to submit a parental recommendation?
    LRU welcomes parents’ recommendations, but we also ask for two other letters of recommendation. One letter should be from a director, teacher or an employer, and the second should be from a teacher, activity moderator, coach or any non-relative adult who knows you well and can attest to your character and abilities.
  • I’ve taken courses at a community college. Will La Roche accept the credits?

    La Roche typically accepts the credits if they meet the following criteria:

    • A grade of “C” or better
    • Similar course content
    • Same amount of course credit
    • Credits must be from an accredited institution 
  • Will La Roche accept AP or CLEP exam scores?
    La Roche accepts AP scores of 3 or higher for credit. We also accept passing scores on the CLEP exam for college credit.
  • As a homeschooled student, will I be eligible for financial aid?
    Yes. Homeschooled students can apply for all federal, state and institutional aid, and they will be evaluated in the same way as a traditional high school student. However, according to state law, Pennsylvania students without a recognized diploma or a GED will not be eligible for state grant money. Students from other states may want to check with their state’s Board of Education to inquire about their own state grant laws.
  • What is the religious atmosphere like at La Roche?
    La Roche promotes respect of faith and religion, and we recognize the rich religious diversity of our students, faculty and staff.

    Because of our Roman Catholic heritage, the Office of Mission & Ministry offers Catholic liturgical services as well as the celebration of ecumenical services throughout the year. This office also assists students of other faiths in identifying local communities where students can share in common worship.

    Additionally, we invite and encourage students of other religious traditions to participate in the planning and promotion of worship on our campus.

We’re Here to Help

If you have questions or need helping applying to LRU as a home-schooled student, our Admissions team is here for you. Email  or give us a call at 412-536-1272.