Whichever route you take, actual or virtual, consider visiting or researching different types of schools: research universities and liberal arts colleges; rural, suburban and urban campuses; private and public universities.
By experiencing the the overall “vibe” of different campuses, students can begin to focus their college list further, even if they don’t visit all the schools they are interested in.
Also, it’s a good idea to visit some schools that may only moderately interest or attract your student as during the year between junior and senior spring, young people’s ideas and attitudes can evolve quite a bit.
For tips on planning a college tour, check out an earlier PYW College Search Blog Post:
And for virtual tours, visit:
Both sites offer full online campus tours as well as videos of students, professors and school events that give viewers a more complete picture of campus life.