My current application dilemma is whether or not visiting the programs is important. I, like most, am at the stage where all the apps are in but have not heard back from most programs. Anything I can do to help get in is probably worth it, but I'm not sure if visiting gives you an edge. I did visit Ohio State and Cincinnati; at Ohio State my final application materials had just arrived two days before but they pulled them up to look at them since I was coming in and admitted me on the spot. So I felt indirectly, visiting may help simply by speeding things up. The negatives are time and resources. I will certainly visit programs if necessary should I have good financial aid offers to weigh after hearing back. I feel fairly confident about getting in to most programs and visiting now is easier than visiting later this spring. I have a chance to check out Georgia Tech and Penn in a couple weeks but it involves some tough financial sacrifice.
Lots of factors and no easy answers. I thought some of you folks would have some insight... The main question: have you felt visiting programs has helped your chances of admissions/finanical aid?