Great Question, Ashley -- well considered feedback from other contributors. Based on my experience, I would like to add a suggested factor to include a Personal Risk Assessment. Consider your experience with life change, need for stability/security, and desire/tolerance for risk.
I am a storyteller -- when I chose my university I had a list of factors similar to those outlined above. I wanted to attend a well established private university (Liberal & Fine Arts, Business, Medical, Engineering) with a diverse population in a "safe" metropolitan area. I looked for a school that supported spiritual exploration, personal freedom & growth without labels. I wanted to attend a university far enough from home that I could not easily retreat into the security of my high school relationships.
I found the perfect institution but the first year was very difficult. A successful (and somewhat naive) student from a small town with lifetime circle of friends & family, I am, in a single day of change, suddenly on my own. That first semester was miserable, my lowest GPA. I bargained with myself & family to make it through the first year limiting access to my comfort zone. I needed to know if I was strong enough to build relationship. Could I succeed in a barrage of new "everything"?
Today, I attribute much of my success to the lessons learned during that year of struggle -- I learned that I am capable of sharing my life with independence. I developed further as a leader. I recognized the need for developing structure, personal plans, setting benchmarks, & accomplishing my goals.
The suddenly dive into this journey is not for everyone. Evaluate the risks as well as the potential that will be presented in the new environment -- what you would need to succeed -- whether you are ready for major life changes in this transition. Best of luck on your future. I am excited for you.