I'm preparing to send out applications for MBA programs in the next few months. I'm aiming to focus in finance and parlay into a trading career. Here's my question: I live in California and would eventually like to raise a family here. One option is to focus schools on the west coast in hopes of networking myself into a position after graduation. The other option is to aim for east coast schools (where decidedly most of the trading action is) and hope to find work on the west coast after graduation. Has anyone (that works for an institution) had any experience working on each coast that could offer some advice? If it makes any difference, I believe I'm competitive at several tier 1 schools. I'd want to compare the advantages of NYU and Harvard to Berkeley and Stanford. Thanks in advance.