Florida is high on the list of places my rising senior would like to go for undergrad, but so far only Rollins is on her list so looking for other options. She gets a little hung up on reputation, but is also super practical and can’t imagine paying $70,000/year for undergrad. Our budget is about $50,000. We are full pay and yes I’ve done NPCs. We could find more if necessary, but I agree with her and struggle with justifying more than that. She’s homeschooled with a 4.0 UW and 4.63 W GPA (most classes were at a private school or online school, DE, so no “mommy grades”). ACT 32, retaking this weekend and hoping to gain a couple points. Strong ECs and leadership but hasn’t cured cancer. She is totally undecided but area of interest is communications/writing, maybe something in business (management or marketing, not accounting or finance). Wants a personalized experience - enjoys discussion and appreciates a relationship with professors. Small to medium (max around 10k students). Interested in studying abroad. Wants a fun residential campus but does not want a scene dominated by Greek life, drinking and football. Schools I’m thinking might fit but can’t get her too excited about are:
Eckerd (she doesn’t care about the water amenities and worries it’s too stoner/surfer vibe)
U Miami (she doesn’t love Miami)
Stetson (did a drive by and liked but didn’t love area)
Palm Beach Atlantic?
Florida Southern and Southeastern definite no - didn’t like the area.
Our state of residence is NC. She will apply to UNC-CH and Elon and probably Wofford and Furman in SC.
I guess our main question about schools like Flagler, Tampa, Eckerd, PBA and Stetson: Are they all on the same level reputation-wise in Florida? Would they rank up there with Rollins and Miami? If I were an employer I would put more stock in a graduate from U Miami, then Rollins and PBA at the bottom. Do these schools have any name recognition if she were to move out of Florida after undergrad? I know not to bank everything on reputation, but realistically if you move to Texas as a graduate of Eckerd and are interviewing against someone from Southern Methodist, are you going to be at a disadvantage? It’s hard to measure this from your own bubble. I think of Elon and Furman in the same category, but I know that Elon is very popular with northeast kids, so I think it has better name recognition there.
Any words of wisdom?