That was an editing error on my part (hazard of fat thumbs copying, pasting and deleting on an iphone). Thanks for catching that. That first sentence should have read, “If you’re not necessarily looking for a full/partial athletic scholarship…”
just wanted to clear that up. And it would appear based upon the schools mentioned that GKmom23 and her daughter aren’t focusing solely on D1 schools.
Here’s a list of D3 schools that are
a) selective (a theme I pick up from the schools GKMom mentioned). Crude measuring stick 1300+SATs.
b) not too big or small (3k to mayb 10-12k)
c) not in OH or science focused (like a Stevens), since your daughter has more of a humanities lean.
e) generally among the better programs year over year when you look at Massey Ratings, tourney runs, regional D3 rankings and such:
WashU, UChicago, Emory, Brandeis, JHU, Tufts, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Pomona-Pitzer, Claremont-M-S. The consortium schools by themselves are smaller, It is a different feel with all of them clustered together, although my wife (Claremont grad) did say it felt a bit like a fish bowl. Those last two would pair well with D1 visits/camps for LMU, Pepperdine, and San Diego.
I personally don’t see any difference between the better D3 schools and the bottom quarter of D1. I’ve played coed pick up games with former D2/D3/I was decent but decided I liked beer more than soccer males + college women. I game featured a couple of female MAC players, a couple D3 women’s players from the schools above and a couple of upper level D1 players (including a 99er). Huge difference between the 99er and the lower D1/D3 players, but I thought the D3 players were marginally better than the rank and file D1ers. Granted that was a long time ago and the sample size of these events was fairly small. But they were all only a couple months post graduation.
Having seen the UAA experience up close, the athletes overwhelmingly find it quite enjoyable. Greater travel distances than 95% of D3, but it is easy travel (direct flights on weekends). In season commitments are still substantial, but the off season isn’t completely taken over by training the way it has become in D1 (generally).
I don’t know the Emory coach personally. But it sounds to me like GKmom23’s daughter’s strengths lie in some of the more technical aspects of goalkeeping (distribution, being able to comfortably play the ball at her feet in more of an advanced supporting role, etc.). The Emory coach was a former U-21 WNT assistant and a head coach of the U-16 WNT. I can’t say for certain, because there has always been a lot of politics in US Soccer, but it would seem to me that someone coaching at that position would appreciate those qualities.