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So, you've endured 10 or 11 years of school, and the end of your compulsory education is finally in sight. Congratulations! However, if you're reading this article, it's pretty safe to assume you're contemplating continuing your schooling for at least another four years, and the only way to be sure you're going to get the collegiate experience you're looking for is to visit several college campuses.

Picking the right college is about more than just academics. Sure, there's still homework and tests, but you're an adult now, so everything from the courses you take to the food you eat is all up to you. Therefore, you need to be sure that your university of choice has everything you need to learn and survive, from stimulating coursework to proper housing.

All this freedom is very exciting for most incoming freshman students, and while it might seem like any university that won't require you to remain living at your parents' house will do, there are many things you need to consider before choosing a school. Even if you're planning on going to a local college and will still live at home or are an older, nontraditional student going back to finish your degree, it's always a good idea to visit the universities you're considering attending.

In this article, we're going to school you in what to look -- and look out -- for when visiting college campuses. We'll teach you not only why it's important to visit multiple schools, we'll also explain how observing a university's faculty, students and surrounding area can help you to determine where you need to be.

Click over to the next page to learn why the quality of a university's cafeteria could be considered as important as its programs of study.