I could use some advice. As many threads have previously stated, you should try to go to grad school where you want to work. My first question is, what if there is no program near you that you are interested but would eventually like to return to work there? I live in DC and would like to return to work here. Do you think schools will find it strange that you want to study there but work some where completely different?
All of the schools I am interested in are no where near D.C. For example, Univ of Michigan, Univ of Washington, Univ of Colorado at Denver, Georgia Tech, Univ of Kansas, and Buffalo. (Feel free to comment on any of these schools). I’m interested in a more physical planning program with an opportunity to take courses in Urban Design. If there is a school you think I am overlooking closer to D.C. with an emphasis on physical planning, please let me know. I know Penn has a great program but I would like some non-ivy league choices. Thanks!