I couldn't resist replying to your post. I opted out of a BSN program I was supposed to start in August (1 1/2 hour away) because I got accepted to a school 15 minutes from my home. You know which one!! I live a mile from one of my new (and old) schoolmates and she'll be a great study partner. The biggest issue for me was I didn't want to be isolated from my family school, and study partners, which I would have been had I gone to my first school. You have to consider what these factor "cost" you. BTW, did you realize that it's about as hard to get into ARC as to Harvard. Congratulations. Yes, ARC is a very good school and the big advantage I see is you will do your clinicals at BIG hospitals in Sac. Really you will see very complex cases and should not miss the opportunity to work in the big city. You want to go to school where you want to live so you will get a job there, right? (Think big picture) Plus ARC just got $5m in stimulus to improve your program. Good luck with your decision, I know how painful it can be.