Ok, I'm confident that with my stats I'd be accepted into the UofM College of Engineering, so for the sake of this thread let's assume I'm accepted.
Now, the problem is paying for it. Assuming no significant merit aid, it's out of the question without loans for four years.
Would it hurt me -at all- to go to another state university or even the UofM Flint campus for my first two years? I mean, I'd be taking the same classes that I would at UofM Ann Arbor. I've been offered a full ride to UofM-Flint and another state university, and it's hard to argue that I should pay $20,000 for two years at UofM Ann Arbor for classes that I could otherwise get for free.
With AP and dual enrollment credits I've already earned 27 college credits at said alternate universities, putting me pretty close to sophomore status. It would be a huge money saver for me...but what's the catch? Why doesn't everyone do this? Why do people pay top dollar for general engineering requirements at UofM Ann Arbor when they can get them for a lot cheaper elsewhere and transfer?
Stats if intersted:
ACT 33 Composite
3.854 weighted GPA, low 3.7 unweighted
top 10% of graduating class
Many AP/Honors Courses
9th Grade-Relay for Life, Cross Country, Bay City Jayteens Volunteer Group
10th Grade-Cross Country, Paper Route
11th Grade-Track and Field, Relay for Life, National Honor Society, Independant Online Currency Exhange Business ($3,000+ Profit), Landscaping Work-Gatza Builders
Summer-Dow Corning Co-op (35+hrs/wk)
12th Grade-Dow Corning Co-op (20+hrs/wk), Relay for Life, National Honor Society, Calculus 2/3 Dual Enrollment, AP Scholar Award