Nerf - I think you summed it up with the last 2 lines of your recent post. That dollar amount is almost insignificant if yuo compare the earning potential for all 3 schools. Now, if it was say 75k, that would give you something to think about. As per CT dropping in rankings, these thigns fluctuate from year to year, if they've consistently been in the top tier, unless something is incredibly wrong, they'll probably stay there. Just like the stock market, don't follow the trends, pay more attention to long-term history and potential.