Thank you so, so much for your thoughtful answer, GallifreyGirl.
I've been trying to draw up a detailed pros and cons list for the longest time and your answer really helped me get a start on that!
1. The funding is the same, but BGSU needs me to pay other (university) fees, but it's manageable. ODU covers most of my other fees. I won't be going into debt either way.
2. 3 funded years is definitely a dream.
3. I'm an engineer by qualification. I don't have a literature background, so I suppose this makes ODU a good fit for me.
4. BGSU lets me teach creative writing. ODU lets me teach only comp. Both have light teaching loads.
5. As for standard of living, I can live anywhere as long as I have good internet. I mean, it'd be good to have the option to go somewhere, see places, etc., but I don't think I'd mind either. I don't mind the weather as well. I'm from the tropics, so used to super-hot weather, but I've lived in Pittsburgh before and I actually like winters.
6. Faculty. Ah, yes. I'm going to say this is a tie for me. I love both. orz
Here are two other things I'm considering:
1. BGSU is an openly "non-terminal" MFA degree. I'm considering taking the PhD route after this, so BGSU would help me there. But ODU says it's terminal, but that doesn't mean the PhD route is closed to me. I'm confused...
2. BGSU seems to have smaller fiction workshops, which I happen to like.
3. I'm very excited about the opportunity to work with BGSU's Mid-American Review.
Clearly I love both the courses, but I'm slightly more excited by BGSU (I've also known about their acceptance for longer, I've spoken to their current students, and I've had a lot of time to think about them). Trying really hard to be objective here! ;w;