Rank your priorities
From academics to athletics, it is good to know what you are looking for in a college or university. Create a rate sheet and use it to compare everything from facilities to faculty. This will help you rate your school choices based on your personal priorities.
Focus on your end goal
While your friends may be a big part of your life, focus on where you want to be in your career and in what financial position you will be in when you graduate. Finding the right school is a combination of balancing financial costs, the academic offering and your social life. Don't be worried about making new friends, it happens.
Don’t just look at the school, look at the program
Be careful not to group a large educational institution as a whole. Programs have reputations that excel in specific industries. Dig deeper and find out more about your area of interest. Check out the experiential learning facilities and labs and any other features that could give you a learning advantage, like Centres of Excellence and on-campus work placement opportunities.
Revisit the campus
It may be difficult to get the everyday feel for a place from an Open House tour. Be sure to revisit the campuses on your short list to get an idea of what it might be like to go to school there everyday.