National Portfolio Day is an excellent way for student-artists to get a professional look at their portfolios but also gain insight into what life at an art school is all about. NPD focuses on visual arts but many participating schools offer film, dance, music, game design, etc.
Another application system for the college admissions adventure has rolled out. If you're not familiar with the Coalition App, there's no time like the present! Check out their website and see if the colleges on your list are using the new system.