The National Survey For Student Engagement (NSSE) provides a great, free guide entitled A Pocket Guide to Choosing a College: Questions to ask on your college visits,to choosing a college. I recommend that you use this guide when you are visiting colleges.
NSSE collects information from thousands of students at hundreds of colleges through a 4-page survey. Responses to the survey provide information about the quality of their college experience. Some colleges provide their NSSE results to prospective students, if asked or post results on their Web site. If the colleges you are considering share their results, you can learn a lot about the college by reviewing them.
Share what you discovered from using the pocket guide or the NSSE results.