Thanks for some of that input guys, it helps. Let me add something to complicate the scenario:
Part of the reason I'm so spread out is because my GF is applying to MBA programs.
She got an interview at UCLA which is why USC and UCLA are still on the list.
She's on the waitlist at Columbia.
She's in at ND.
So how should I narrow my list based on this (and desire to be in proximity of possible)?
Columbia (see if we both get in off of waitlist, but even if she didn't it'd be hard for me to pass up)
Chicago (would be hard to justify passing this up especially since i currently live in CHI)
ND (if they match wustl scholly and she goes to ND)
Cornell (if she gets columbia and I dont)
USC / UCLA (if she gets UCLA)
1) If i were just worrying about me, i'd get rid of everything except CC and WUSTL
2) It's not just me. So i'm keeping Cali options open in case she gets UCLA, and aggressively pursuing ND in case she attends there.
In either case it looks like I keep CC.
Special considerations add USC,UCLA [I'm hesitant to just keep one or the other because who knows what would happen]
Maybe I can get Cornell off the list then? Cornell at sticker over WUSTL seems meh.
So final list looks like:
WUSTL (in) - 114k
ND (WL) - will take if they bring me in off of WL and match WUSTL scholly
USC (WL) - only on my list in case she gets UCLA
UCLA (WL) - only on my list in case she gets UCLA
Cornell (withdraw) - can't seem to justify Cornell given wustl situation.
Does that make sense for now? Thanks for any updated thoughts you have after hearing more information