pjgorm, my son took a music production seminar at Berklee a couple summers ago (he didn't get into Berklee as a full-time student but he would have declined due to cost). During the program someone asked other schools were good for music engineering and production. The seminar teacher said Belmont and UMass Lowell. My son is now a freshman at UMass Lowell. Other than having roommates who he doesn't mesh with, he seems to like what he has done so far. He doesn't get into the sound classes until next year. But when he visited, he liked the recording equipment and facilities (he knows his gear). One other thing is that he chose this program over a music business program (St. Rose) was because of the heavy emphasis on technology. It didn't hurt that a couple UMass Lowell grads had recently won Grammys.
In addition, we are Mass residents, so from a cost standpoint, it made sense. Of course, Lowell will never be mistaken for Paris, France.
Also, he loved the Ithaca campus, but didn't feel the program would go in the direction he wanted.