I have offers from NCSU and Lehigh, for a physics PhD. My intended field of study is biophysics in particular molecular dynamics. The financial offer is practically the same, Lehigh is alittle bit higher, but Pennsylvania is more expensive so this balances the difference in offers.
From my judgement, i can say that both schools are on the same level. but NCSU has more faculty and more options, but I think the funding problems are much less in Lehigh.
I would prefer to live in Pennsylvania more than North Carolina, but the quality of the school is much more important.
What do you guys think? at this point I am really confused and I need any advice or help i can get to help me decide.