Right now we are preparing for fall and winter trips to college organ programs. My dd will be a junior in high school, and her piano and organ teachers are giving us lists of schools to visit. (Both teachers have a good success rate getting their students into top programs, thankfully).
However, perhaps due to this, both teachers have given us lists of schools that are NOT safety schools. Right now I need a few safety schools to visit so we can find an affordable organ program that dd can know she likely will be admitted to and that we can afford should scholarship money dry up.
As well, dd wants to attend at the largest a medium size city, so places in Boston, Baltimore, NY and Philadelphia are off our list. She wants a conservatory program with as little general education requirements outside of music as she can get. (Our local state university, for example, requires 50 general ed. credits outside of music, so dd really isn't interested in the program. In contrast, a place like UW Madison's music program requires something like 15 general ed credits.)