NYU is very expensive to attend and is not supposed to be that good with aid. SLC and Concordia are right down the street from each other. NYU and Eugene Lang are close to each other too. NYU, Eugene Lang and SLU will be very liberal. Concordia may be more conservative/moderate. Concordia and SLC are located in a wealthy area and should be very safe. They are also only about 15 minutes from NYC. There will be train and bus service into the city near their campuses. Lang and NYU are located more in the Greenwich Village area. Lots to do here. Some of their buildings are located together and near each other but others may be on nearby blocks. Seton Hall (NJ and about 15 minutes from NYC) and Manhattan College (NYC area) might be worth a look and are supposed to be good with merit aid. Check into Seton Hall thoroughly though as I have heard mixed reviews on the area it is located in. There will be train/bus service into NYC near these 2 schools also. Best of luck!