So she is drawn to the idea of a liberal arts college and would like to be in a smaller but interesting city like Nashville? And you’d like her to get out of the Midwest for that experience?
How about Smith College? CS is very good there. Northampton isn’t Nashville, but it’s very artsy and is the 2nd biggest music booking venue in New England.
The University of Vermont is more like a private college with less than 30% in state enrollment - and that’s shrinking. This year’s freshman class is only 24% in state and the class just accepted for next year is only 20% in state. Maybe that private college feel is why it showed up on the original list of “Public Ivies” 30+ years ago. At 10,000+ undergrads, it isn’t much bigger than Vanderbilt and Burlington repeatedly shows up on various lists of best college towns. On the shores of 125-mile long Lake Champlain, it’s beautiful setting is enhanced by the Green Mountains to the east and the Adirondack Mountains to the west, one of the rare settings where mountains and water come together. And it’s strong in CS.