Have you looked at Florida State? They have a collegiate circus. I'm not sure about size but I think it's a large school.
Very large, about 42,000 students.
Dd is finishing her sophomore year of high school. As of now, she has no idea of a major and her only requirements of colleges are that they are in a warm climate and near an aerial studio. She prefers a smaller school but is open to a large one. She's an introvert who has no interest in sports. She took the SAT last year and scored well (1460) and is hoping to raise her score this year. She has a 4.0 GPA and is finishing her second year of DE. She loves the community college she attends - it's very small. Her interests right now are languages and math, but she is a very strong writer. She is thinking of data analysis or some kind of math major, but not sure. She's strong in math and likes it, but not so sure about a career. What she really loves is the circus - she does aerial, hand balance, juggling, tumbling, loves trapeze, etc.
I don't know where to start in the college search. I feel like I'm just throwing a dart at a map of warm climates. We wouldn't qualify for financial aid so will need merit aid.
Any thoughts or recommendations?
College visits, college fairs, and a college search site.
We visited several schools within a two-hour radius, because I think it's very hard to really know if you want large vs small and so on without actually seeing what that means. fwiw, my oldest started with several large schools on her list, but campus visits changed her mind. Her short list wound up being all moderate-sized schools, like 7,000 to 10,000 students. The really small schools tended to not have enough choice in majors.
We went to a couple of college fairs and also "XYZ University visits your town!" presentations - if you share your information on ACT or SAT, you will get invites to these. These really helped her to start to get a feel for the culture of various schools. Oh, and we would also at least swing by schools on vacation and stuff, even if we didn't do a formal visit.
I would personally visit local schools even if she does not wish to attend. One, you never know and she has lots of time to change her mind. Two, we learned a lot from each visit and came up with new questions to ask and new things to look for at the next school.
We used the college search sites and put in varying criteria as the search went along. This sized school with these two majors, within 200 miles, within 500 miles. Then you take a closer look at the schools on the list. You have an easy eliminator with a nearby aerial school being required, that will surely knock some out.
Lather, rinse, repeat.
Edited to add that we did of course move on to targeted college visits at a certain point, they weren't all random, lol.
Edited by katilac, 10 January 2018 - 08:41 PM.