@boston212 Of course! It was a fairly easy decision for me to choose UMass over MGH. I had much more contact with UMass--two lengthy interviews and frequent communication with the admissions department/faculty (who were always very responsive and helpful). By the time I was accepted to UMass I felt I had established a connection with the school and that they really cared about me as a person. In comparison, I have yet to speak with anyone at MGH. I was accepted without an interview. It felt, and still feels, impersonal.
I like the program size at UMass (~35 students), whereas MGH is 100+.
One of my close friends is currently on the FNP track at UMass and only has wonderful things to say, such as how valued she feels and the strong connection she has with other students.
I like that I will finish the program at UMass with a DNP, whereas at MGH you get your BSN/MSN.
I like having a graduate degree from a highly recognizable school like UMass.
I went to undergrad in Worcester (HC), so I am familiar with the city. Worcester is also cheaper to live in than Boston (although it isn't quite as nice!).
I liked UMass's program's connection with UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Hospital (clinical placement shouldn't be as competitive in or around Worcester compared to Boston!)
I think it is more difficult to get accepted to UMass than MGH.
At UMass, as part of the program you work as a nurse part-time after passing the NCLEX (good way to gain some experience/money!)
And finally... I will get in-state tuition at UMass which makes the total cost of the program (4 years) ~80-90k. MGH (3 years) is ~130k tuition + living cost in Boston.
What I liked about MGH is the location and the connection with world-renowned hospitals (living in Boston definitely has its perks!). I've also spoken with a few students at MGH and they seem to be enjoying the program. I think if I had been given some form of scholarship to MGH the decision would have been more difficult...
Hope this helps :) Good luck with your decision!