Watch out for the big decisions that limit your options. Some of mine:
- I was working 80 hours a week in my job and thought Low-residency was my only option -- I ended up quitting my job a month before starting the first semester and didn't work again until after getting my MFA.
- I selected the Low-res program I did partly because of two faculty members I wanted to work with -- I never worked with either of them; one took a leave of absence and never came back and the other was fired for being a lousy teacher.
- I turned down an offer to a PhD in CW program because my wife couldn't pursue her career in that city -- she now works from home and consults for clients all over the world via the internet.
Simple point. It's natural to let the "big" decisions such as program type, faculty, and location shape where you go. But changes inside and outside of your control have a way of rendering those factors obsolete. You can end up somewhere for a reason that no longer applies.
If I had it to do over again I would base my decision on only one thing: Finding a place that the writer in me could call home. All the other stuff is ultimately noise. No matter what, you have to write. Go where you think you can do that best. The rest will take care of itself.