It sounds like you're splitting hairs at this point. I think the only thing for you to do is to visit if you can and make a decision from that. If you can't visit, I guess you just have to determine which one would make you more happy. If being next to the coast is your thing, go VA! Personally, I can vouch for pittsburgh, it's a really nice city, and extremely liveable and safe. I've lived outside of it all my life, lots of bars and things to do for recreation. Remember, you're going to be living in this location for the next few years; life outside of textbooks is just as important as the quality of school. Don't go somewhere where you'll end up being miserable!