Do school visits that are not
coordinated by the Admissions office "count"? I visited two schools while visiting some friends in Dec last year and talked to some of the students who were in the lounge etc., but was unable to talk/register with the Admissions office.
While I'll definitely write about the insights I gained from these visits in the essays, can I tick "yes" in the 'have you visited the campus' question in the Online App for these schools? Another motivation for me is that since I won't be able to dedicate a whole day for each school, I was planning to stop by 2-3 of them informally. While I know I won't be able to do class-visits/lunch-w-students for each one of them, I will be able to get a feel of the school and see my fit.
You have to have a darkness...for the dawn to come.