Thanks for all your opinions, I didn't get in to Cal Western for those few that were wondering.
So, the general consensus at this point seems to go ahead with GGU, La Verne (bc of the $), then Whittier in that order.
I've yet to tour GGU, but upon visiting the campuses of LV and Whittier, I was more impressed with Whittier's because the staff and my tour guide (a current 3L) seemed really down-to-earth and honest, and I just left there with a really positive vibe. I was also impressed w/ their Clinics/Externship opportunities and well-schooled faculty. The campus really is high schoolish like someone mentioned, even having the hs style locker rooms for students. But it doesn't hurt that the campus is basically in my backyard, just 35 minutes from my home, while my sister and her family live in Irvine just 10 minutes away.
La Verne's building-campus was much much smaller than I had thought, only consisting of a single two-story building, and although the immediate neighborhood was cute, it's still the Inland Empire - and I would much rather prefer to live/"grow" in the bay area or OC for the next 3+ years. It took me about 10-15 minutes to tour the "campus" and frankly I wasn't that impressed. There really was no 'social life' nearby either, so it makes me wonder if I'd really be "happy" there. BTW, LV is about and hour + fifteen from where I live, so no chance of commuting. Also, recent graduating classes of the last several years didn't look like they topped 30 students, which seems maybe a little too intimate for me.
Money aside, it seems like Whittier is the best fit for me, on paper. But the main argument here might just be quality of life vs. the $$$. I'd feel most at home at Whittier, but unless I finish in the top 15% or so it probably won't be worth it to stick around for 2L - and at least LV gives me more insurance for that risk.
I'm still crossing my fingers for my remaining schools, but between these 3 I'm still pretty torn. GGU is still in the back of my mind, but after visiting Whittier it definitely made a positive push.
Well, I just thought I'd throw more info out there for you and hopefully get some new insight. Thanks again and more opinions are appreciated..