I'm preparing to go to grad school for fall 2007, going to study Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. As of now, I'm accepted in to UPenn, UMich Ann Arbor and Umass, and I'm having a HARD time in making a decision.
I've lived in Boston for the past 2 years and liked it there, I am MA resident, which means if I go to UMass, tuition would be cheap,but I'm not obligated to return to MA. However, at the same time, I am nominated for full scholarship
at UMich. Upenn isn't giving any sort of financial support but UPenn's GNP program is ranked as #1 by U.S news.
How should I decide? Is ranking all that important? A lot of my coworkers from Boston go to UMass and they seem to offer a great program. But considering U.S news ranking, it is Upenn , UMich and then UMass.
I think my ultimate goal for grad school is to feel comfortable and equipped in becoming a NP upon graduation and won't have a hard time in finding a NP job.
Any input would be greatly appreciated.