She wanted to go to a school that has either architecture (at least a prearch major, if not actual accredited program) or civil/structural engineering, preferably both. Only UVA and VTech have arch programs among VA state schools, and the only other school with engineering is VCU, and they do not have civil. Richmond and W&L are private, so not really better than the out of state match schools.
We determined that UVA was an almost impossible stretch. VTech it came down to prioritizing apps. As it was she applied to 9. She liked VTech programs, but given difficulties getting in, and her preference for a smaller school, she decided to prioritize other schools.
TJ probably made applying to Virginia state schools and Ivies dauntingly difficult (she ended up only applying to one Ivy). We think it may have helped with RPI and Case though. We have yet to hear from Lehigh, Lafayette, or UR.