A fun way to learn more about a college is to visit. Make it a collegecation by combining a family vacation with a college visit. Pick a few schools your student is interested in that are relatively close to each other and plot a road trip. Research what is near the school: beaches, rivers, mountains, historical sites, state and national parks, amusement parks, golf, hiking and biking trails. Stop at attractions along the way. Pack accordingly to enjoy family fun activities.
At the college, sit in on the information session, take a tour and chat with prospective and current students and college staff. Enjoy campus perks such as theaters, concerts, museums, arboretums, planetariums and sporting events. Buy a low cost lunch at the food court and picnic under a tree on the beautifully manicured grounds. Toss a Frisbee, relax and have some family fun time while learning about each college.