The ONLY way is to know someone who recently went there. Marketing of colleges is HUGE, and they are worse than used car salesmen at hiding the flaws of their "products". Unless you know someone, like a family tradition of going to a certain university, the best you can do is read, read, read, and then do what just feels right. Sorry to say about such a large investment in your life, but guess what, same thing when you buy an expensive car (Vette's have things wrong with them too, they don't tell you about), marrying a woman/man (you never know until you're ACTUALLY married and living together how it will be), or buying a house (appraisers, real estate agents, owners, lenders, will all sell you their bill of goods). Best advise EVER.....NETWORK!!!!! Get to know people who are likely to to what you want to, but before you, so you can learn from their experience, and not what the moneyhounds want you to think.
Best of Luck.
PS I attended LSU-Shreveport and Northwestern State University in Louisiana, the nursing school, and they were both excellent. The main campus of NSU in Natchitoches, LA, sucked!!! The nursing school is in Shreveport and is not the same as down there.
Being alive 44 years and being messed over a lot; lived and learned. Listening to your "elders" is not always a bad thing!!!