If you find yourself with more than one acceptance letter, you’ll definitely want to visit the schools before making a final decision about which college you’ll attend. Even if you visited colleges before you applied, it’s a good idea to take another look before committing years of your life and tens of thousands of dollars to a school.

When you visit campuses, do more than take the tour and let the admissions folks show you around. The college officials will, of course, put the school’s best side forward. To get a more accurate sense of a college, you should do some of the following:

* Explore on Your Own: The oldest and prettiest buildings don’t give you the entire picture of a college, nor does the one dorm room that was manicured for visitors.

* Read the Bulletin Boards: The ads for lectures, clubs, recitals and plays can give you a good sense of the types of activities going on outside of the classrooms.

* Schedule a Conference With a Professor: If you’ve decided on a possible major, you can also ask about your major’s graduation requirements, undergraduate research opportunities, and class sizes.

* Talk to Lots of Students: Your campus tour guide has been trained to market the school. Try to hunt down students who aren’t getting paid to woo you.

* Sleep Over: Nothing will give you a better sense of student life than a night in a residence hall.

(From About.com Admission Blog)