There are a gabillion of MFA programs to choose from. So how do you know which one is the best for you? Well, you can do what I did which is scour the internet for information, or you can check out this link to PW's MFA information. Poets and Writers has great ranking information.
To make my search easier I first found 20 schools I liked based on
- Program Offerings (2 year vs. 3 year...studio time etc.)
- Funding Options
Then I created an excel sheet that was split into categories titled "School Name" "Application Fee" "Application Date" "Full Funding Y/N" "Location" and so on. This made it so much easier to narrow my choices. I was able to get my list down to 13 and then I applied. In my opinion, it's a good idea to start with location first and then go from there!