This Independent Study aims to develop an understanding of the experiences of homeschooled students transitioning to college at a small, private liberal arts school in Ohio. Previous scholarship has focused primarily on the experiences of homeschooled students transitioning to large, public schools and this study aims to provide additional information about homeschooled students transitioning to college by representing a less acknowledged population. For the purpose of this study, I conducted seven open-ended interviews with college students who where homeschooled in high school. The discipline of the child, conceptions of the different forms of capital, and the theory of departure provide the necessary theoretical framework to investigate these experiences. The major themes found in this study include the following: usefulness of a resource center, homeschool as personalized education, reasons people homeschool, connections between homeschool and liberal educations, social interactions, transition to college, and agency. Ultimately, I found that the homeschooled students I interviewed experienced smooth transitions to college.


Matsuzawa, Setsuko


Sociology and Anthropology


Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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