A friend of mine, whose sister is a year older, was saying something about it. Obviously, find out about it from every possible source. Get into contact with students. (With the fact you can't visit at all.) Then, if you like what you see/hear, apply. Then, after acceptances come, visit the ones that seem the most attractive to your daughter at that time. Obviously, if you're looking at colleges at this point, you still have this summer. But, try to draw a line between schools that are reasonable and schools she just wants to say that she visited.
I think the best thing you can do is give her a bit of time. I had no idea what I wanted in a college until maybe last summer. Visit different TYPES Of schools, not different schools, to get the general feeling of those types of schools so she can pin down what she wants. From there, just visit those schools that truly interest her. I find that's the most effective way of going through the visits. I visited a major college over the summer and I instantly knew that I did not want to go to any college like it--or in the same state as it (as stupid as that sounds). From there, I screened out all colleges like it. Then, I visited city-esque colleges within my range.
Summing it up, before I applied, I visited maybe..6-7 colleges at most on actual college scoping trips. It made my choice of colleges quite clear. But, I think your daughter really needs to decide what she wants. When I started the process, I swear I wanted small liberal arts colleges. But, then I realized HOW much I hate driving, the rural areas..and the idea of knowing EVERYONE personally. So, I ended up applying to mainly large big-city universities.
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