I just got an a very unexpected admissions of the waitlist at school A and I'm not sure what to do. I have pretty much today to decide to go to a school that just admitted me as opposed to a school that admitted me almost 2 months ago, call it school B! The pros of school A are great location, great vibe with grad students , big faculty and great financial offer. The pros of school B are they have two prominent professors along with 3 or 4 other good professors in my field that regularly takes on students. The research fit is very close. The cons of school A are there are only a few advisers who work in the field I want to pursue, and even then it's not as great of a fit as school B. And school A is very far from home. The cons of school B are that it is very poorly run, the two advisers who are well known are also well known for being surly and tough to work with (but they always place their students in great postdocs), grad students don't seem happy, the surrounding area is a dead zone, there is nothing going on or anything that is fun. Please help! I need to make a decision by tomorrow. PS: How often does it happen that you get admitted to a school like school A. You like everything but they don't have an exact research fit, and you transfer to another school to work on your thesis? This would happen either via networking and getting in touch with professors you would like to work with and then telling them you want to transfer or your professor at school A getting in touch with some schools to get you in. Just curious. One of my advisers from undergrad told me it doesn't matter where you go, as long as the school is "good enough," then it totally matters you I do and how hard I work. While I believe this to be true, I do not believe it is the whole truth. Going to a school that is very good in algebra but wanting to do statistics is just a bad idea.