Andrew Cox, associate dean of undergraduate admissions, was quoted in a Sept. 22 U.S. News & World Report article about homeschooled students applying for college. See below.

From: U.S. News & World Report Date: Sept. 22, 2015 Author: Delece Smith-Barrow

...When it comes to letters of recommendation, though, many home-schooled students often can't swing by a guidance counselor's office to request one. And it may not be clear whether they should ask Mom or Dad when those are people guiding them.

So whom can applicants turn to for letters of recommendation?

"We get that question a lot from home-schooled applicants," says Andrew Cox, associate dean of undergraduate admissions at The Catholic University of America in the District of Columbia, which received 41 applications from home-schooled students for fall 2015 enrollment.

The answer can vary depending on the schools an applicant is applying to and what his or her home-school experience has been like. Many agree that these letters can be an important component of a student's application. They allow schools to learn about students beyond their grades, says Cox.


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