It’s nice to schedule an overnight visit with a friend who attends the university that you are visiting. That way you can meet some of his/her friends and talk about the pros and cons of the university. Another good idea is scheduling some time to sit in on a class. Call Admissions ahead of time and ask if that’s a possibility. If they allow it, they usually maintain a list of classes that are amenable to prospective students sitting in. It’s a good way to observe how students interact in the classroom and gauge the difficulty of college classes. If you know what you want to major in, try to set up a meeting with a teacher or department head. That meeting can provide you with a lot of information that you can’t find online, and sometimes that person will put in a good word with Admissions. Bottom line: Think about the fact that you will not only be taking classes but also living in that college environment for at least four years. Make sure it’s a place where you can learn and grow.