accepted off of the waitlist today at NESL, I don't know much about them, but now am trying to decide between Detroit Mercy or NESL.
Detroit Mercy has a much better rep in Metro Detroit/Michigan than NESL will ever have in Boston. It will also cost you less because Metro Detroit is cheaper to live in. I would go to UDM if I were you.
I'm going to have to agree- while I would love to live in Boston, I don't think I would go to NESL just for the perks of living there. I got accepted at NESL a while back and the only reason why I even considered going there was the chance to live in Boston. Honestly, NESL is the bottom feeder school in Boston- it has to contend with many other better schools in the area (probably even outside of Boston as well). It'll be an uphill battle getting any decent jobs in Boston and even more so out of Boston (if you could even manage that, which is highly unlikely). Of the two, I would go with UDM- from what I hear, they have a really good rep in their area and pretty much control the market there. Your job prospects there would be ten times better. While the thought of living in Detroit is rather bleh, I would prefer to live there and have a good job than go to NESL and dig through the scraps left by Harvard, BC, BU, Northeastern, and Suffolk.
Hopefully this will be a moot argument when you get into Duquesne.