1. Why is this school on your list in the first place?
As you created your list, there was a reason that schools ended up on the list of schools to which you would apply. Think back and remember all the reasons you put it on there. Did your parents put it on there? Did you like something in particular about that campus?
Now that you are closer to leaving home, are you ready? Realize that there is a difference between getting on a plane for five hours and driving five hours. Financially, can you afford the annual plane tickets for winter, spring and other breaks, or are you comfortable staying with friends or in extended options at the school (if they have them).
Comparing program to program, what offerings are available to you? Look closely at the websites for the major or department of your choice. See if there is a program for undergraduate research; access to professors; specific classes that align to your interests. After all, this is why you are going to college...right?
Take a close look at your financial aid awards and compare them. Will you get more out of one school than the other in terms of value?
5. Do you fit?
Hopefully you have visited each campus on your short list by now and if so, imagine yourself in the dining halls, library and quad. Is the school one you can call home for the next four years?
In the end, take some time in the next two weeks to weigh these questions and talk to alumni, admissions officers, and those who know you to take in all the evidence. The final decision is yours, but remember that if you went about the process in the right way, all of the schools on your list were there for a reason, so feel confident in your final choice.