My son is a junior who would like to continue playing bass with private lessons in college (currently undecided about major). It's possible he would pursue music as a double major or double degree, but would probably at least pursue a music minor with a performance focus. I usually see a lot of recommendations for Ivy schools, top tier LACs, and top music programs, but he's not qualified for top schools or top music programs and will likely attend a public university.
Stats: 3.65/3.83 GPA (will go up this year); 1480 SAT (780M/700 EW); will have about 12 honors, 6 AP classes. No ECs outside of music. He would probably do a math-related major but he's still undecided on what he wants to do. He definitely spends more time playing than he does on homework!
1st chair in top school orchestra, regional honors orchestra, one of 30 bassists qualified to audition for all-state early next year. Also plays in jazz ensemble and pit orchestra. Repertoire includes Eccles and Marcello sonatas, working on Dragonetti concert and a movement from one of the Bach cello suites, has made dramatic improvement since 9th grade. So, his passion for the instrument came a little late. There haven't been any summer festivals, youth orchestras, master classes, etc.
Are there any public university music programs where a less accomplished player could still get a good experience as a BA double major or music minor? We're in VA and he would like to stay in the mid-Atlantic or NE. (Ohio and NC would be OK) Just poking around, it seems that some schools don't even have any bass faculty.