I agree. None of the schools where my three kids went/are going to are ever discussed here. With my older two, I wasn’t really using CC much yet but since then have gained a lot of insight here WRT college generally speaking. S21, who is off to college this fall, is not the type of student usually discussed on CC so the schools he was targeting are rarely mentioned on CC. Dayton was one of his top two choices in the end but even the Dayton board here is not very active. Fortunately having been twice thru the college search process, I had experience and was able to use other resources than CC.
I would love to see more discussion about these hidden gems/underrated schools, especially since in many cases, they offer great merit along with a solid education.
One of the “hidden gems” we really liked was Hobart & William Smith. My older son was recruited for a sport there but in the end, decided for him, it was too small. However, I was very impressed with the school and think had he gone there, he would have had a very good education.
I think Jesuit schools are often overlooked b/c they are Catholic. However, I think they are great options even for non-Catholics. Many are in great locations, and WTE of a few, can be pretty generous with merit aid, even for the “average” student. S21 will be attending one (Xavier in Cincinnati) for the same price as our flagship public, UMD.