In northern NJ, I suggest that students visit Rider University (small), Montclair State (medium), and Rutgers (large). For each visit, I also suggest they park in the lot farthest from the campus and walk or shuttle to each building. In visiting these schools, students are able to determine if walking or shuttling around a campus works for them, or they learn that they would rather be on a campus where all the buildings are much closer together. Once armed with an understanding of the size they are comfortable with, they can now focus on looking for schools that meet the size they like, which means another way to narrow their list. Visiting colleges after students know the size they might be comfortable with, allows them to focus on other areas of importance,making their decision process a bit easier.
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