Totally disagree that state schools base admits on #'s only. My class is barely over 20 (out of 200+ applicants) and we get lots of individual attention. Everything depends on the program, so do your homework, measure the costs against the benefits, take a real appraisal of what your looking for and why, and continue talking to tons of people out there following this same crazy, unexpected, nursing school journey!
In my clinical group, we always like to point out that if you ask a room full of nurses how best to do something, you'll get a room full of different answers. The same goes here.
Follow your heart, or your gut, or whatever - just make sure the decision is really yours.