I've been scouting around a lot locally for potential places to go for jazz as an undergraduate major, though when I ask for people's opinions on the matter, I have found that none of them are alike! I'm playing at around the Grade 11 level (ARCT) if anyone you are familiar with it..but to put it into perspective, I'm currently working my way through Ibert's Concertino da Camera and the Phil Woods Sonata as a way to increase my technique/musicality along with focussing on my jazz studies.
Some places I've been looking at are Berklee, New England Conservatory, Manhattan, and Juilliard. These are just locations I've scouted out myself - feel free to contribute other names (please) as I'm not too clear where to go.
Of course those colleges are rather idealistic..Juilliard is especially intimidating and I don't know if I'd be able to get into the other 3.
Also, a question of mine. In my line of questioning, I was told repeatedly that the undergraduate programs will give me the same quality of education regardless of where I go. But I personally don't believe that. Assuming the teachers are the same level, I think a big boost towards the Juilliard/Berklee direction is because of the incredible players in the student body. I've always personally found competition helps me improve a lot faster. So is what they say true? Am I making the right assertions?