@2lights - my D graduated from NYU just over a week ago. At one of the Tisch events they were touting the achievements of recent grads (kids from the last 2-3 years), and the accomplishments were beyond impressive: Broadway, movies, tv, you name it. If NYU was their backup school (which I don’t believe for a second) then the backup worked just fine.
I recall from your previous posts that you are not a fan of NYU. That’s fine, no one likes every school. But it appears on virtually every “top” list, and has an outstanding record of producing working performers. For the kids I know who attended (D and her friends) NYU was their dream - not their backup. Out of idle curiosity - why do you think NYU was more impressive in 2008 than it is in 2018? (Which you mention in the comment above)
Also, I happen to think Emerson has a very impressive MT program - but maybe that’s just me. D did not apply there, but she had friends who attended and loved it- several of whom have graduated and are working now