Finding the Right College

Question: My older sister was very unhappy at the first college she attended. How can I find a college where I'll really feel at home? - High-School Senior

Answer: The secret to finding a school where you'll fit in is to visit schools before enrolling. Try to stay in a dorm overnight. If a school has a program that will let you shadow a freshman, you will get a great picture of the school's academic and social environment.

It is not always possible to visit prospective colleges; however, some schools have programs that let you communicate with students who will answer your questions. Don't just talk to one student at a school; you need to have the perspective of several students. Also, be sure to visit a school's Web site to learn more about what it is like.