@gmfalv just for the sake of compare and contrast, my daughter was interested in as much ballet as possible. She was open to exploring other genres but did not want them to be evenly distributed. She wanted ballet to be her primary focus. She auditioned at Butler, Oklahoma, Utah, Towson, and Cal State Long Beach. She had applications in at 5 other non-audition schools with dance programs that looked like they might be ok if she didn’t get into any of her audition-based schools or were at least near good training that she could take part in outside of school. She also had one school that would have meant no ballet at all, but she liked the school. In terms of her background: she trained at a ballet-focused studio starting at age 5, never did competitions of any sort, had about 6-7 years of pointe training by the time college auditions started, and went away to summer programs for 5-6 weeks each summer starting at 14.
None of the schools on your D’s list were on my D’s list. She was also uninterested in staying in California in general (though she was surprised by how much she enjoyed the CSULB audition) and consequently didn’t apply to any UCs. She’s also at Utah now, with Twoin18’s D, and she’s very happy there: ballet technique 5 days a week, pointe 3 days a week, plus all the other dance classes that are part of the BFA. She’s been able to perform in three productions so far and is cast in the fall production coming up.
She’d had her heart set on Butler and was crushed by their rejection (particularly by the way it was worded, but rejections are just a bummer almost 100% of the time) and had she been able to re-audition when they came to CA she would have I think, but she was out of the country at the time if memory serves me. Now in hindsight, she sees that Utah is a great fit for her and she’s actually glad she’s there and not at Butler. She’s getting opportunities and mentoring at Utah she didn’t even know she wanted but now that she’s had them she sees how gratifying they have been.