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Super High Achiever: Teen Accepted by 113 Colleges

Jasmine Harrison was also offered $4.5M in merit-based scholarships
By Janet Cromley,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2018 2:32 PM CDT

(Newser) – Jasmine Harrison is not just another high achiever. The North Carolina high school student got a thumbs-up from an astounding 113 colleges and universities. "When I got the first couple in the mail, I was like, 'Okay, this is really happening,'" Harrison told WFMY News 2. And that's not the only big number the Greensboro 17-year-old can tout: She was offered $4.5 million in scholarships, securing free rides from three schools, among them the one she'll end up at: her hometown's Bennett College.

On track to graduate from the Academy at Smith with a 4.0 GPA, Harrison was able to take advantage of "common" college applications, which allow students to apply to several colleges using just one application. For example, she applied to 53 HBCUs—Historically Black Colleges and Universities—with just one app, and was able to apply to 20 more schools through the Common Application. Another impressive feat: She spent just $135 on fees. Harrison plans to major in biology and hopes to one day be an intensive care nurse for newborns.

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