Ok, so I've pared down my decision on Grad School to Ball St and UNO and am having trouble choosing one over the other.
Ball State gave me a full assistantship, which waives tuition and gives me a ~$7000 stipend. UNO gave me two scholarships that would cover tuition and their assistantships are still pending.
I visited both schools during their open house and like the faculty at both schools, though I think the facilities at Ball State are nicer than than they are at UNO.
I would be focusing on preservation planning at Ball State; at UNO, I could focus on both preservation planning and transportation planning, which could benefit me in the long term.
Muncie's a real downer for Ball State, especially when compared to a place like New Orleans, though it is fairly close to Indy and not too far from Chicago and Cincy and is a cheaper place to live. And its not like New Orleans doesn't have its own problems to deal with (though some of those problems could lead to interesting planning discussions and projects).
Ball State seems to have the better internship program and actively help their students get one (an internship is required), while UNO didn't seem to focus very much on internships (though they do have their on site transportation institute, which could be an option).
Both programs are the only programs in their respective states, which should help in regards to employment. They're both similar in size, and both programs are most often completed in 2yrs.
Am I missing anything? Is one program more highly regarded than the other?
It just feels like I'm going to be splitting hairs to make this decision