Blindc1rca wrote:Duke is nice; state of the art facilities, beautiful surroundings etc.
I've never lived in a big city though, and I'd kind of like to see what that's about. Berk/NYU/Penn have moved up on my list for this reason (and the fact that they offer a *slightly* better shot at that impossible ACLU gig that I dream about).
edit: When I say I haven't lived in a big city, I really mean it. I grew up in a town of 450, and the "city" in which I went to school/spent most my time was 20 miles away, and it had a population of 100,000.
You might like NYU then. I mean, it is THE city of the world. If you have never spent extended time there, it is worth it to do so - especially if you can leave in 3 years if you don't like it. NYU also probably gives you the best shot at your objectives, plus the LRAP is better.
I'd say visit all 3 and see, but you can't right? If I had vote for you, I'd go NYU. It you end up hating the city life, Penn/Berkeley isn't going to give you a small town life, so might as well go for the big city!