It seems to me that you have two general categories of schools and either might be appropriate based on your needs, desires and financial status:

1) state schools - usually in a less urban environment and usually cheaper than some of the big urban-based schools. There are many of these schools and they all have great faculties. Some of the most notorious Univ. North Texas, Indiana Univ., some of the schools down in Florida, etc.

2) urban-based schools - these are usually more expensive and are in more expensive places to live and operate, however they usually offer faculy members who are 'name' players, a greater environment with a lot of stuff going on. If it were me, and I was considering one of these schools, I'd probably just go right for NY and consider Rutgers, Manhattan School of Music, New School, etc.