Unless considering academia, the T14 are pretty much the same? Is the obsession with rankings a matter of people just dying to get to the next tier, or is there a legitimate advantage of spending the cash to live in NYC vs C'ville? Just getting perspective.
C or N have a slight advantage over Virginia. But yeah, you're right, it's not THAT big of a deal, ... I don't think.
If you do well at either place, you're set.
If you're going to do "bad" at either place, ... you'll have some difficulty (though I bet you'll still find work)
If you're going to do fair at either place, you'll have a slight advantage coming from Columbia or NYU.
That's my impression. But what do I know. (answer: not much)