Every year, U.S. News invites high school counselors to tell us the most important ingredient in picking a good college, and every year they tell us the same thing: You've got to visit campuses. We've taken their advice seriously, sending reporters out to schools across the country. This year, we visited Colorado, Chicagoland, and central Florida. Read what we found, and see past years' road trips. And don't forget: This is something you folks at home should try.
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