@themaze It sounds like we have a lot of overlap in what we’re looking for. Curious what your daughter’s major is and area of the country you’re from?
My daughter just finished Ringling pre-college (online) and was awarded one of their freshman year scholarships so that has moved it to the top of her list. Even though she originally said no way to any Southern school because of the weather and bugs. She wouldn’t have a car either. She loved the instruction and had no complaints about doing art for 8-12 hours a day - which is why she’s weighing heavily towards an art school at this point.
She’s not a stereotypical art kid; most people don’t even know shes does art. None of her friends are art kids. Very introverted too. So, oddly enough, I worry about her being an outsider at an art school.
Pratt - She’s been to NYC (Manhattan, not Brooklyn - and in winter!) and loved the environment. I keep hearing whispers that they have a more pronounced drug/alcohol scene (no idea if true), but that’s definitely not her thing.
RISD - I think she’ll apply. I’ve heard the environment is super competitive and cut-throat. And I keep hearing about the hill.
WUSTL - This one is on her list. It looks great on paper and online. St. Louis, Missouri just doesn’t sound real exciting to her and she worries it’s too far from major industry areas.
UMichigan Stamps - She’s considering applying, but is afraid that the program is too broad. And the winters (which is why she’s not even considering Syracuse).
USC - we visited and the campus was amazing - especially the film school buildings. Sort of the same thought as Michigan - that it’s not focused enough for her. The constant rah-rah vibe turned her off a little too.
Other schools I’m making her apply to as affordable-for-us safeties are CSULB, CSUF, and University of Arizona. All of which seem to have established BFA Illustration programs from what I can tell. Portfolio reviews are done after sophomore year, which is why I have them as a safety. She has visited the Cal States which are both less than an hour from us and didn’t like either one - even though they do have on-campus dorm populations bigger than a typical art school! We will drive to Arizona at some point. The others may have to wait until we know if she’s accepted and what the financial picture looks like.