When I started looking for colleges to apply to, the biggest piece of advice I got was to visit campus. I was told over and over again that this was the only way to really discover if a college was a good fit for me personally. After all, every college sounds great in the brochures that they put out. The only way to really discover the differences between colleges, according to the people around me, was to visit the campus of every college I planned to apply to. There was only one problem with that plan: I was looking at colleges across the country, and my family definitely could not afford to visit them.Maybe you've found yourself in a similar position, lacking either the time or the money to visit all of the colleges you're considering. So what can you do? Here are a few ways you can learn about a college and its campus without actually visiting.You should also look for information about what weather is like at the college so you can factor that into your decision. If you hate snow, for example, you should probably not apply to schools in Alaska.One great part of a college visit is it allows you see what being at the college is actually like. Talking to a current student can have the same effect. Current students can tell you about their experiences on campus, what students at their college are like, and could even tell you if they think their college would be a good fit for you. If you don't personally know a student at the college you're interested in, try emailing admissions and see if they can put you in contact with someone. Try to ask the types of questions that aren't necessarily answered on the college's website or in their brochures, such as: Is the food good? What are the dorms like? What are the best spots and campus? Questions like these will help you discover the little details that make each college unique and can help you to imagine what it would be like to be a student there.
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