Congrats on the acceptance! I can totally relate to the financial issues that college brings.
Going to a state school may not be so bad. You may end up loving it after your first year, but this isn’t what you want to hear, is it?
This is what you want to know:
In order to transfer to Howard you must have 15 transferrable credits.
So, let’s keep it real. Most likely that’s not going to happen after a semester in college or even one year unless you have a lot of AP credit from high school. I would advise you to work super hard during Freshman year and then try to transfer to Howard for the second semester of your Sophomore year, or complete Freshman and Sophomore year then transfer (this will depend on how many transferrable credits you receive.) Try to chose a major at your school comparable to a major at Howard, so that it will be easier to transfer credits. In fact, look at the curriculum for the major you want to pursue at Howard and try to take similar classes at your state school. The struggle for transfer credits is REAL. Also, be sure to save the course descriptions of every class you take at your state school so you can show them to your Howard advisor when you transfer. This makes it easier for you to fight for your credits. That being said, I would not advise you to be an Undeclared major unless you honestly don’t know what you want to study. That will not help with credits. I was able to transfer about 40 credits because I took communications classes at my old school and became a communications major at Howard, plus I had AP credit from high school.
I think it is smart to transfer from a state school if the tuition is manageable. I met a lot of people who transferred to Howard from community colleges too, so that is another option. All that matters at the end of the day is that your diploma says “Howard University” on it.
Again it is vital that you do amazing your first couple years or so at the state school so you can receive money from the “Transfer Scholarship Program.”
I didn’t get funding from the “Transfer Scholarship Program” when I enrolled into Howard, so I did have to take out a loan for my first year. However, I worked super hard to earn top grades so that I would earn scholarships for my last two years at Howard. After my first year I was on full scholarship. Howard is good at giving scholarships to students with very high grades.
Be sure to save your pennies while you’re at the state school and don’t get caught up in the temptations of freshman year. Of course you should have plenty of fun, but also remember to stay focused on your goals.
Here’s a pro-tip: Always go to class. Don’t let anyone tell you it doesn’t matter. Teachers notice absent students. Showing up lets them know you are a serious student.
Best of luck Future Bison!