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There’s lots of excitement on the horizon over the coming months. College admission decisions will be issued. Along with those “fat envelope” (or should we call them “fat email”) verdicts comes another big decision: where to enroll.

Even those of you who have already been accepted via Early Action have until May 1 to make your enrollment decisions. One of the key ingredients in making that decision is finding out, in greater depth, your compatibility with a certain campus and its student body. Many of you may have applied to schools you know only by reputation or through anecdotal information provided by friends or what you’ve read, perhaps on College Confidential.

As you probably know, one of my ongoing mantras about making an enrollment decision is: “You’ve got to trod the sod!” which means that you must physically visit a school’s campus before making your decision to go there. I won’t get into the details of my rationale for saying this, but suffice it to say that your “gut” can tell you many things about a college  — both blatant and subtle — that you can’t discern from “virtual” tours, viewbooks, and marketing materials.

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