My wife and I didn't visit all that many colleges with our two children when they were in the midst of their college process. I managed to help them narrow their lists by a series of prequalification steps that eliminated the marginal candidates. These days (perhaps "daze" would be a better way of putting it), however, many high schoolers are applying to 10 or more colleges. I had a client once who wanted to apply to 24 (!) colleges before I set him straight. :-)
In this difficult economy, campus visits can be an expensive proposition, especially for families where one (or both) of the parents have suffered job-related setbacks. Before you venture out into the expensive and time-consuming world of college visits, check out these two helpful resources that can help you get the biggest bang for your buck and the best return on your investment of time.