Since you're an exchange student who's only going to be there for one semester, I'm going to give you some odd advice:
Find a big-time athletics program, and go watch the sports teams play.
If you're coming in the Fall, find a football factory (preferably one that's going to put up a legitimate challenge for the national title), and go there.
If you're coming in the Spring, go to a big basketball school.
I suggest this because you're coming here for the experience, and there is nothing like being a student at a football powerhouse whose team is gunning for the national championship.
There's an indescribable electricity in the air, all over campus, every single day, all semester long. Every Saturday is like a holiday, with the entire student body holding its breath up until game-time; then all hell breaks loose for three hours in the stadium. The smoke clears, you see what every other team did around the nation, you see where you stack up, you catch your breath, and start revving up for next week.
You're coming here for the experience, and IMO, there's nothing that can replace the campus-wide excitement of the football team going undefeated. I've been fortunate enough to experience this. It's wild!