I recently graduated with a BS in Mech Eng with a good, well paying job. Ive known for quite some time that i wanted to pursue a graduate degree. I decided that i want to study physics, but after talking to my physics professor, and other people, i realized that i would need to effectively get a bs in physics first. So i thought about engineering physics or applied physics. Any respectable school requires or "strongly recommends" taking the physics GRE. My company offers to pay for school, but i am limited to the long island, new york area if i stay here, and as far as i know, there arent many good schools for physics or engineering physics around here. I dont want to limit myself and my education by staying here, but i do have a good opportunity with my employer paying for school. Do i stay and go to a so-so school, or say "adios new york", and go to a really good school?