The U of M was the best fit in my cost-benefit analysis grid. It has the same academic worth as any of the expensive East Coast schools with the added bonus of having a great job market in Minneapolis and also Chicago is nearby as well. In addition, the U of MN, being in the Twin Cities, was one of the major factors too - it is a big metropolitan city and still has the charm of a beautiful university town. Not only do you learn from the best of minds in the industry, you get to study with people from all around the world. This offers you various perspectives with which to look at practical problems presented by industry practitioners (some of whom are also our professors). My time was also well spent with our approachable professional career advisor.