Honestly, it was your post in RANT that made me start to rethink all this. I needed a sanity check to make sure I wasn't making a horrible decision with NU at sticker.
I know how you feel. Until my LSAT came back, I wasn't expecting anything other than GULC/Cornell to be in play for me, and I really didn't know very much about any of the schools I applied to. I knew very little about Penn too, but after researching and visiting, it kind of became my top choice,
My friends weren't picking T14s at sticker. They were picking Tier 2s at sticker. You're definitely not in the line of fire haha.
I knew absolutely nothing about Penn other than a.) it wasn't Penn State and b.) apparently it's an ivy league school and c.) they really like the interdisciplinary thing. They were the 1st school to accept me, so I kinda thought "oh cool, thanks", and it was no big deal. Once waitlist after waitlist started pouring in (which, based on the numbers, was extremely surprising), Penn became the obvious choice. While I didn't have a tough decision (my #2 was Vandy for half price and #3 was Illinois/Indiana for free), the more I learned about Penn made it obvious that it was the perfect school for me. Even if I got accepted other places, I would have ended up at Penn for sure.