When creating your college list, you've probably got a few “must-have" features in mind that you can't live without, whether it's proximity to home, a football team or an obscure major that you're set on pursuing. But those aren't the only factors you should keep in mind when evaluating schools, and to ensure you're looking at colleges that fit your interests, it's a good idea to go a bit deeper during your search.
“If possible, I think it's very important to visit a school," said Christine Andrews, PhD, a private college admissions consultant who previously worked as an admissions reader for Yale University and has served as a Yale alumni interviewer. “Take a tour, walk around the campus, sit in on a class, eat a meal in the dining hall and spend time among students," she said. Are the students engaged in the way you imagined? Can you see yourself in on the action there?