Hi everyone. Our daughter’s really stuck in her choice of college right now. She’s been offered admission into Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial (HTC) program in History, which comes with a full tuition scholarship. However, she’s accrued 48 credit hours in college classes already through CC+, and HTC requires a four-year commitment, meaning she couldn’t graduate early. All her CC+ courses were taken at OU, so she would enter college with a pretty stout 4.0 GPA cushion.
The big problem? She’s not certain she wants to pursue a history degree. So far, she has a tentative desire to teach, but she’s also very interested in the idea of becoming a clinical psychologist. In other words: she’s 17, and hasn’t figured everything out quite yet. The HTC program is immersive and intensive, and while it’s conceivable she could change her major, there’s not another HTC program that captures her fancy right now. (They don’t offer psychology through HTC). Now, she could double major in a non-HTC program, but I think that idea is a little overwhelming to her.
She’s also been accepted into OSU and Miami’s Honors program. Both schools would accept her transfer credits, though not her GPA. She could choose to graduate in three years if she wanted and have more freedom with regards to nailing down a major. Miami would be about $3,500 less/year than OSU, thanks to a more generous merit scholarship. Miami would still be a little more expensive than OU, even going three years vs. four, because of OU’s full-tuition promise (she would stay in the dorm at least that first year, to get a full college experience, though we live in Athens).
The last wrinkle: OU’s in our backyard, OSU’s 90 minutes away and Miami is 3+ hours away.
Any comments or specific experiences would be wonderful. I know OU’s reputation has taken a hit of late, though I think their HTC program is still very well regarded. I’ve been impressed with what I’ve read of Miami’s Honors program, and obviously, OSU’s alumni network can’t be beat. Thank you so much for your help!