North Carolina high school senior Jasmine Harrison had quite the number of university acceptances to choose from. The Academy at Smith student in Greensboro was accepted to 113 colleges and offered more than $4.5 million in merit-based scholarships. Weighing her options, Harrison chose to attend an HBCU, North Carolina's Bennett College.
In an interview with CBS WFMY News 2, Harrison revealed that she will graduate from high school on May 24, with an expected 4.0 GPA. Among her 113 college acceptance letters, Harrison was awarded full rides to three schools, all HBCUs: Bennett College, Ed Waters College and Mississippi Valley State University.
Harrison chose to attend Bennett College with plans to major in biology. She told WFMY she could hardly believe it was "really happening" when she received her first acceptance letters.
"When I got the first couple in the mail, I was like, 'Okay, this is really happening,'" she said. "I didn't really think I'd be able to do that."
Harrison utilized a variety of organizations and programs to apply to a large number of colleges only spending $135 total. By taking advantage of College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) College Application Week, she was able to apply to a number of North Carolina schools for free, WFMY reported.
The teen also used nonprofit organization The Common Application to apply to 20 colleges at once and the Common Black College Application to apply to 53 HBCUs with one application. She was accepted to 26 HBCUs as a result.
"On those late nights when I was filling out those applications with my mom and we just felt like 'we cannot do this,' we just ended up singing gospel songs together to get through the night." Harrison said. She told WFMY she aspires to become a nurse.