If you want to know what a college is like, talk to students who are currently enrolled at that school. Many schools have students who are employed as admission assistants. These students serve as liaisons between the university and prospective students. Take some time to contact the admissions office of a college you are interested in and let them know that you want to speak with a current student.
You can ask this student what it like is to be a student at this particular college. Ask questions about the academics, social life, financial aid, housing, and any other topics that are pertinent to your college choice. A current student’s perspective is valuable.