I think they're all pretty much lumped together. At that point there really isn't a reason or a way to differentiate the 150/151st ranked schools.
I think that once you make the decision to go to t3/t4 you are pretty much saying "ok, I don't care about the stupid rankings", therefore, the discussion is moot.When selecting a t3/t4 you have to look at the "soft factors", namely location. I know you have said you don't know where you want to end up, but if you are looking to go to a lower ranked school, I think you need to make some decisions. If you want to live on in California for example, look for local schools, check out their placement stats, and try to find out as much as possible about their rep in the area. I do not think it is a good idea to pick any school just because of rank, but it even worse for a t3/t4 because the ranks are so low that they have no meaning. You really should try to decide what areas of the country you are interested in living in. If you don't, you will invariably end up somewhere you don't like.My top choice is a t3 school, entirely because of location and local reputation.
If i want to end up in DC what schools should I go to then?
Does the gov care which school I went to, any particular recommendations for working with gov? Or just T14?