RIT and NYIP are great schools. Very technically driven as well as Brooks here in Santa Barbara California. Although in my opinion and after researching all of these schools - Academy of Art University (San Francisco, CA) has probably the strongest photography program in the nation. Maybe I am biased but I have a reason to.
The instructors at this school are all working photographers, shooting for major advertisers, magazines, etc. Beyond the teaching staff - the school is geared very much around developing each and every student photographer at the school and helping them build their own personal style. The school has it's core classes but is very flexiable in the subject matter. Very conceptual and concept driven.
Sure we all have photographed an apple with 4x5 or a box of cereal. But, they really allow you to shoot what you desire and help you find your passion in photography. Technology - no contest. The digital darkrooms are ahead of the curve, adobe or mac offers new products - they are barely on the shelve for a day before the school has them installed on their computers. Digital prints from wallets to murals. And of course their is still the traditional film users. 35, 120, 220, 4x5, 8x10 you name it - also alternative processes (historial). Everything shy of a drum scanner - just barely.
Digital shooting - the school is backed by Canon and up to date with the newest digital gear. Just the facts...
And my 2 cents... I have an undergraduate degree in photography and have assisted fashion, wedding, and advertising photographers for the past several years. Sure all of that was great for technical and fundamentals. But, Academy of Art is really about refining what you know and expanding upon it conceptually - and nurturing your individual style and vision. Good luck in your choices - but I would be sure to check out Academy of Art and at least give it a once over on your list of choices.
Academy of Art University - San Francisco, CA