Did any of you choose Chicago over NYU? If so, can you elaborate on why? I'm struggling to make the decision...
(I posted this in the "Ask Totally Fun Chicago 1Ls..." thread too)
Have you visited both schools? For me, the decision came down to Chicago vs. Columbia. For some reason, both times I visited NYU (both on my own and at their ASW), I got a really bad vibe off the place. There really wasn't anything specific, I just didn't like it. On the other hand, really liked Columbia.
The only specific thing I would point you to is to make sure you get a realistic cost of attendance. When I visited, they took us on a tour of the NYU dorms. We walked into a tiny two-bedroom shoebox in D'Ag, and the girl inside kind of sheepishly said "Well, this is the cheapest one; you can get something bigger if you're willing to spend a bit more money." I asked her how much it cost, and she said something like $1300 a month. Then I asked "Well, how are you affording even the cheapest one? The student budget for housing is only $1250 a month," and she responded "You can basically ignore that student budget. It is totally ridiculous."
That was four years ago though, so things may have changed.