I'm having some difficulty choosing between NYU's MUP program and SUNY Buffalo's MUP program. I've lived in New York City for about two years and love it. I think it would be an exciting place to study urban planning. However, I grew up in Buffalo, have a place for it in my heart, and the issues that Buffalo faces are what originally made me interested in the field (but I'm not sure if I want to move back). I'm torn between these two cities and am not even sure where I would like to end up when I'm done with school.
If money were no object, I would likely continue living in New York and attend NYU. However, UB has offered me enough scholarships and stipends to cover my tuition, while NYU has offered only a quarter-tuition scholarship (and it is almost 4 times the cost of UB in addition to high New York living expenses). Here is my question: would going to school in Buffalo tie me to working in Buffalo at the completion of the program? Also, is there a vast disparity in reputation? Any feedback would be wonderful, thank you!