1) Do an official tour. It's a great way to see the campus and get your Fitbit steps in. These tours will provide the most information from your visit from an applicant's standpoint. The admissions folk can answer your queries as an applicant. Remember that these people will likely not show you aspects of the school they dislike, so take it with a grain of salt. 2) Stay overnight with a student. If you have the opportunity, stay with a student in a dorm. This will provide the best insight into student life and your possible living situation. These students are more likely to give an honest perspective. Try to ask them many open ended questions like "What do you wish you knew before applying?