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USC residential honor program

MichiganjuniorMichiganjunior Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
We are a family came from another country with minimal knowledge about US colleges and educational system.

My daughter is a high school junior who was just acceptable by USC ( university of Southern California) residential honor program which allows her to skip 12th grade and start college a year early. We, including my daughter herself, are not sure if she should accept the offer vs continue current path to apply other possible higher level schools or Unoversity of Michigan which will save us about 120k for the four-year study. We are a middle class family, concerning about the extra amount of money but willing to pay if it is worthy.

Based on my daughter's crendential, she won't qualify for Harvard, Yale, Mit, but there is a change she can get other Ivy schools and again she have a good chance to get to UM where we pay in-state tuition if she apply next year. In addition, my daughter is thinking about going to medical school but not really sure.

Does anyone know anything about the program or have any other advices? Does anyone know how competitive those BS-MD programs are comparing to USC residential honor program?

Thank you in advance for reading the post. All thoughts and suggestions are appreciated!

Replies to: USC residential honor program

  • simba9simba9 Registered User Posts: 3,156 Senior Member
    I went to USC, but I'm not sure it's worth a $30K per year premium to go there over Michigan, even if it's part of the Honors College. Maybe $10K per year.

    I'd think USC would give a student who got into the RHP some money. If you haven't asked them about it, please do so ASAP, and tell them waiting another year to go to Michigan is your alternative.
  • MichiganjuniorMichiganjunior Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Thanks a lot for your reply. I really appreciate it. You are right, she will have about $13000 schlorship per year from USC, which has already been considered otherwise the difference would be 160k in total.
  • Cece68Cece68 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    I highly suggest having your daughter complete high school and then attending UMichigan. You will save a lot of money paying in-state tuition, and she will probably qualify for the Honors College and scholarships. The campus is safer than USC too. The transportation to and from California will also add up, and she will not have the same internship and volunteer opportunities as locals. UM is also a great med school, and again, less expensive than USC for residents. However, there is no guarantee that UM with accept her, so "a bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush."
  • MichiganjuniorMichiganjunior Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Thank you so much for your suggestions. It makes a lot of sense to me. However, trying to convince my daughter to agree on this has been very difficult. Seeing how torn she is about the decision, I kind of regret that I agreed her to even apply for the program and also more worried about her maturity. But anyways, thanks again.
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