I feel where you are coming from and may have limited myself too much this year. I only applied and got an interview at Duke because it was one of the only schools that fit my family and myself's needs personally. I got online and spent hours reducing my list to 10 schools, visited 9 of them with the exception of Emory because the traffic was so bad I just said NO before I even got there. Emory is another very supportive amazing program like Duke, I spoken with the director a few times at NTI and over the phone and fell in love, but like I said, the traffic was a no go. Anyone from the Atlanta area, if you can handle the traffic, take the time to speak with the director, she is passionate, caring and very supportive. Some of the clinical sites are killer and if I had family in Atlanta I would likely have applied there as well.
I won't know what to do if I don't get in. I really am very picky about schools and don't want to apply anywhere else. My family support is near by with my sister and the area is good for my kids and husband for relocation. Duke is such a great school. There are so few with the faculty support needed to succeed and have a good experience. So, all of my eggs are in the Duke basket and I have my fingers crossed. I have been a critical care nurse for 7 years and totally ready to get my 3 year journey started as well. When my father in law offered to pay my tuition, why wouldn't I go?? Who knows, maybe we will all be classmates this time next year. Good luck to all, I am rooting for you all!!! I will be in the Durham area from the 19th to the 22nd, and I interview on the 21st.