Take a campus tour
Sure, there's nothing quite like actually walking the grounds of the place you're going to call home for the next few years, but virtual campus tours are a great way to visit schools that are hundreds or thousands of miles away -- instantly, accurately and freely. Among the handful of our favorite sites is eCampusTours, which offers more than 1,300 360-degree virtual tours of college campuses and surrounding areas for you to explore. YourCampus360 offers a similar 3D walking tour experience -- complete with a virtual tour guide! YOUniversityTV meanwhile, offers hundreds of college video tours, capturing each campus, providing useful statistics, and interviewing students and faculty. Along with its many video tours, College Prowler also features a "report card," stats and student reviews. Another fun and useful site is U.S. News and World Report's Road Trips, which features video footage of U.S. News reporters visiting 48 college campuses across the country and talking to students and faculty there.