Glossy color brochures and websites can only tell you so much about a college or university. To really get a feel for a school, you need to visit in person.
When you visit a campus, you’ll get a sense of the students with whom you’ll be rubbing elbows… and laptops. Along with providing a tour of the campus, most schools will encourage you to sit in on a class and speak with professors. You should also walk through the dorms, talk to admissions and financial aid staff – and try a meal in the cafeteria. They may even treat you!
While on campus, pay attention to the culture and pace of activities – can you see yourself in this environment? And make sure to visit a variety of campuses, small and large, public and private, urban or not… you may be surprised at where you feel you belong.