It's come down to Michigan State or Ohio State for me and I'm having a hard time choosing. Michigan has good nuclear and some accelerator stuff starting up, both of which I'm interested in. It also seems like they get you into an RA much sooner at Michigan. FRIB is on the horizon for Michigan but that is far from assured and in my time frame it might not end up mattering. As far as rankings go, US News has ohio ranked 23 with michigan ranked 36. PhDs.org shows Michigan with a better ranking than Ohio. Ohio also has a much more generous stipend and is in a much cooler city. Any thoughts?