The College of St. Mary Magdalen (Warner, NH)

Comments on Homeschoolers from the Director of Admissions

The College of St. Mary Magdalen provides an atmosphere that is conducive to continuing the work which parents began with homeschooling. Over 50% of the College‘s students have been homeschooled before continuing their education at the College of St. Mary Magdalen. With a student to teacher ratio of 8:1, and an average class size of 20 students, experienced tutors conduct the tutorials in the method of Socratic dialogue, offering individual attention to each student in a small community setting. Students who have been homeschooled thrive in the College‘s common life. Each year they rank among the top five students in each graduating class.

We would like to encourage any students of homeschooling who are considering application to the College of St. Mary Magdalen to call the Admissions Office to discuss their current curriculum and transition to the College.

Lauren Hardegen
Director of Admissions
The College of St. Mary Magdalen

Frequently Asked Questions (Prepared by the college)

How does a homeschooling curriculum prepare students for the Program of Studies at the College of St. Mary Magdalen?

Most homeschooled students arrive at the College of St. Mary Magdalen having completed four years of English, four years of math, three years of science, history, and foreign language. They have actively participated in their own education and are ready for tutorial discussions and the challenge of a rigorous academic program.

What will the College of St. Mary Magdalen accept for transcripts?

When high school studies are done through a formal homeschooling program, the College should receive an official transcript from the program. If the curriculum was crafted by parents or others, a detailed account of subjects studied, texts used, and books read should accompany an evaluation of the applicant’s performance in specific areas. Applicants must provide evidence satisfactory to the College that they have completed a home schooling program which is the equivalent of a college preparatory course.

If you would like to have a template for your homeschool transcript, you may download this template for your convenience. The following form is in pdf format and requires Acrobat Reader to view and print.

What experiences have homeschooled students had at  the College of St. Mary Magdalen?

“My homeschooling background has prepared me well to attend a college like Magdalen College. Magdalen is a Roman Catholic college where students learn that faith is not just one part of life, but penetrates every aspect of living and learning.”

– Jolene Nelson (Walker) ‘05, Verona, New York
homeschooled grades 1-12

“I really love the Socratic method of inquiry. To examine a text and learn to grasp its essential principles is very rewarding. The tutorials cultivate an awareness of the truths of life that will be a firm foundation for the future.”

– Kristen Sticha ‘04, Montgomery, Minnesota
homeschooled grades 1-12

“What I enjoy most about the atmosphere at Magdalen College is the integrated living and association between upper and underclassmen and the personal interest the tutors have for each student. The school is very much like a family–we help each other out and we are all seeking the truth.”

– Michael Dean ‘02, New Richmond, Wisconsin
homeschooled grades 1-12

College Video

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College Description

The College of St. Mary Magdalen is a Catholic liberal arts college located in Warner, New Hampshire. Founded in 1973, the College offers a classical curriculum taught in Socratic seminar classes together with a four-year sequence of catechesis and introductory theology courses.

Students are exposed to a rigorous study of primary texts in small tutorials and live an authentic Catholic common life by means of which they receive an integrated education and formation in Catholic spiritual, intellectual, moral, and social values.

St. Mary Magdalen has a reputation for being very community oriented and has one of the smallest student bodies of any Catholic college.

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