Exactly. W&L could have fallen a dozen spots, and I still would have been confident about choosing them based on "fit."
I'm curious to know which Penn St. campus you visited. I visited Carlilse (Dickinson) and thought it was a lovely campus. Granted, the transitional building (where they will be for the next couple years during rennovations to the law building) was in an awkward location, but I was totally charmed by the actual campus and law building.
Yes, I liked the old campus and even Carlisle-- but in such a way that I would just like to visit, not live for 3 years. There is NOTHING there
And I looked at housing and there aren't many choices of apartments (and I couldn't find any that accepted pets, and I'm bringing my dog with me), and I have no desire to work in the PA/NJ/NY area after I graduate. Not to mention that the renovations will be taking a long time--the new class will probably be in the transitional building the whole time--and that's not what I want for my law school experience. It just doesn't seem like the right fit for me. But...aside from all of that, I love Penn State, and my loyalty alone made me want to at least apply and consider it
But I understand the W&L thing--I'm from VA, and Lexington is so cute, and that area makes up for its small size in charm (not to mention, it gets pretty decent tourist business, you are real close to the Natural Bridge)...it is so beautiful in the fall, and the mountains are right there. It is such a beautiful campus, I wish I could have gone there!!