a current student here
Schedule an overnight visit during the semester that does not coincide with major admissions events. This allows a prospective student the opportunity to observe the campus during a typical day. Take note of the friendliness of the students who are not expecting a visiting student. Ask to sit in on a class related to your areas of interest. Watch the students in the class. If the class is one that encourages participation, are the students participating? Are the students prepared for class? Do they want to be in class? While walking around campus, get a feel for the quiet places, the noise level in the dorms, the atmosphere of the cafeteria, and the overall impression of the college.
Ask numerous questions, especially of the current students. Ask about the friendliness of the teachers, difficulty level of classes, activities on campus, etc. When speaking with the admissions counselors, question the college's reputation as graduates enter the work force or continue their education in graduate schools. Ask for statistics; for example, ask about the percentage of students who return as sophomores, the percentage of students with jobs or in graduate school immediately following completion of their undergraduate degree, the percentage of students who live on campus, etc.