The most common advice I'll give when advising students on the college selection process is to find their “best fit," which is different for everyone. No two students are exactly alike, and no two colleges are exactly alike either. Any college can be a dream school for the right student, and any student can find a college that will give them a terrific education and college experience. A great place to start is with two simply practical matters: size and location.
When I refer to campus size, I'm talking about the student population, not the acreage. The number of students on campus and the percentage of those students who will be your cohorts will influence your day-to-day experience.