Other than being in Ohio (we are New Englanders) Oberlin seems to have almost everything my daughter (HS class of 2022) is looking for - she is interested in sound/music technology and film, wants arty, little emphasis on sports, quirky, typical SLAC experience, access to a city (not as close to Cleveland as she’d like but it’s something). However, she is a serious dancer who would like to continue dancing at a relatively high level during college. She is not interested in majoring in dance (might consider a minor, unclear) but wants a good dance program with good access for non-majors. It’s unclear to us if Oberlin has this. While sooner or later she will reach out to the school, I would be very interested in the meantime in hearing from anyone with any knowledge of the dance program at Oberlin. Her grades/test scores make her very competitive for admission.
Other schools in consideration are Smith, Vassar, Barnard, Mt Holyoke (though the NPC suggests MH will be unaffordable for us without merit in addition to needs based), Swarthmore (though admission is probably too much of a lottery & might be too academically intense), Conn College, Bard, Sarah Lawrence. We walked around Wesleyan last summer and she didn’t like it at all, though it would be an obvious choice as well. Bennington was ruled out as too small & remote. Bryn Mawr just recently made the list, though not sure if it will stick. Thoughts on other schools that might check her boxes appreciated. Her grades & scores are excellent, her extracurriculars mainly dance & music, and one leadership program. She works in the summer (though not last summer due to COVID).