I was talking to a Chicago dad recently who shared the best advice he received regarding campus visits. “Go to XXX for the weekend, and tour these three schools, and you will significantly narrow the playing field right off the bat.” These three schools had very different characteristics. One was a large public school, one was mid-size private, and the last was a small religiously based private college. The dad told me, “It worked like a charm! My son was able to see which campus environment and size of school made him most comfortable, and for us that meant the place he would be most successful.” They went on to tour other campuses, and were able to focus in on those that would provide the best environment based on what they had learned that very first weekend out.