Where Are Your Top Choices For Cheering In College?

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  1. Mer_bear20

    Mer_bear20 Cheer Stalker

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    For the girls/guys in high school that are looking to cheer in college what schools are your top choices? I have


    As of right now mine are (in no order)
    -Ole Miss
    -Alabama
    - southern cal
    -Georgia
    -UCLA(dream school)
    -Harvard(for my families sake I include this, even though I'm far from ivy league material)
    -Duke
    I'm pretty sure I am to dumb for most of these schools though ‍♀️‍♀️
     
  2. dat.jpp

    dat.jpp Best Flyer.. on a parent team

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    Kutztown
    Delaware Valley University
    Wilmington University
    West Chester University
     
  3. AndyT_T

    AndyT_T Slow your roll, Sparkle.

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    Just putting out there that Lindenwood university offers cheer scholarships, has 4 teams (two advanced and two intermediate), and has won 6 national titles in the past 5 seasons. I’m biased obvi, but they’re definitely a school to consider.

    Edit: There is also three cheer gyms in the STL area that offer open cheer teams that compete at worlds: Platinum Athletics, Cheer Legendz, and Cheer St Louis. So if you want to continue to cheer theres a large open coed 6, a large open coed 7, and a coed non-tumble 6 within driving distance!
     
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  4. quitthedrama

    quitthedrama I buy my Insta followers

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    No one should be choosing a college for cheer unless the college will pay for you to cheer, and we all know cheer scholarships are few and far between.

    With that said, someone wanting to win NCA compared to someone wanting to have an incredible game day experience every football and/or basketball game, and someone wanting to be required to cheer all star along with college cheer and/or practice 20 hours a week compared to someone wanting to be able to have cheer compliment other college experiences such as greek life, clubs, etc are going to have completely different answers to your question.
     
  5. Mer_bear20

    Mer_bear20 Cheer Stalker

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    Oh, I was just asking a question to see what different schools people would be interested in cheering at, or what is there dream college team to cheer on. I obviously realize there are many factors to why someone would want to cheer in college.
     
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    Mer_bear20 Cheer Stalker

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    That's actually where my cousin is wanting to cheer! It's her dream team and school!
     
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    When cp was looking at colleges, she noticed that both Alabama and Georgia were overwhelmingly in state students on cheer. Alabama had few out of state, Georgia had none.

    Your list looks like a good list of good schools, not necessarily the top cheer schools. You would do well to study at any of those. Good luck in finding the best school for you!
     
  8. quitthedrama

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    I didn't mean to sound so witchy! I have seen many people - both parents and kids - who put cheer first on their priority list when it comes to selecting a college and then often times it doesn't work out!
     
  9. AndyT_T

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    I graduated from there and have nothing but amazing things to say about the program and my overall experience! I was proud to be there when the winning really started and to have been a small part of building that legacy of success. It is an amazing program!
     
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    Kentucky Girl I nugget in the back

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    By contrast, Kentucky has plenty of cheerleaders from out-of-state and not only that, from other countries as well like the one guy they had from Croatia.
     
  11. Mer_bear20

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    Yea I have noticed that as well! My family and are planning to go to game days at the different schools I would be interested in cheering at, as well as touring the campus to see where I feel at home.
     
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    My daughter retired all star and now retired collegiate cheerleader cheered at Ole Miss for 4 years. She loved it! Game day is a whole different animal in the SEC - especially Ole Miss (The Grove). To think she is a native Californian that chose Ole Miss.
     
  13. Mer_bear20

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    I know I am in the minority here when I say this but I have never had a desire to cheer at Kentucky. I don’t know it just seems so culty to me.
     
  14. Sterling von Shimmer

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    I don’t know what kind of experience you’re looking for — competitive, game day, all of the above — and I can only offer insight into the CA schools, but here we go:

    Unfortunately, those CA cheer teams you’ve selected aren’t crazy competitive, especially compared to schools like Ole Miss and Alabama. USC and UCLA are great schools and their cheer teams are just fine, but if you’re interested in a powerhouse cheer team in CA, you might want to look at the state schools: CSU Fullerton, Long Beach, Fresno, San Diego state, Sacramento state, etc. No, they don’t have the same cache, but they’re pretty much the strongest cheer programs in CA (ESPECIALLY San Diego... they just came in second in UCA AG last year).

    USC has the world-famous song girl team, but that’s more for dancers. I did it for two years after I transferred from a more traditionally competitive cheer program. USC song girls don’t compete, but the program is still very demanding and streamlines nicely into pro cheer, if that’s what you’re into.

    The USC cheer team, as far as I can tell, is pretty new. It was not a thing when I went here so it’s pretty nascent. They’re competitive, but if you’re seriously considering a team like Ole Miss or Alabama, I do not think it’d be very challenging for you. Here’s a vid of them at NCA 2017:



    That said, as a USC alum I’m honor-bound to tell you that the game day experience there is like nothing else (and I’m speaking as someone who transferred to USC from another big football school). If you want the big football school cheer experience, you WILL get it here. Not to mention the campus is gorgeous and is home to superior academic and athletic programs. The cheer program here isn’t going to redefine the sport any time soon, but if you cheer here you’ll get an unforgettable game day experience. If you have the chance to go here, I’d very much consider it.

    I’m not as familiar with UCLA, except I know their cheer program has been around longer than USC’s and, therefore, is probably stronger. They are competitive, but there is a height/weight requirement. UCLA also has a gorgeous campus, and is more affordable than USC. But I’m clearly partial to USC :)

    Good luck!
     
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  15. AndyT_T

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    California Baptist has won all girl division two the past 6? 7? years straight. They have an intermediate team as well this year and I believe they do STUNT as well fairly successfully. If your goal with college cheer is to win a national championship they're probably your best bet.
     
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