How important is the official website in evaluating a college?
Obviously it's biased, but you already knew that. It's very important. Study it thoroughly, as you might find that the school is perfect or that you wouldn't be caught dead there. Call them to clarify or answer questions, but make sure you know exactly who you're talking to. A student working in the financial aid office only has limited knowledge & could easily give out misleading info. In my opinion, the first thing in choosing a college is ELIMINATING schools from your list & concentrating on those that are left!