Can I study in the US on a student visa after visiting on an ESTA?

I'm planning on studying in the US starting this spring semester and I am currently in the process of getting everything in order for the student visa but I don't have an interview scheduled yet. I do plan on visiting the US before my program starts just to already get used to the environment and to learn my way around the place, I'm planning on doing this on an ESTA for as long as I can (hopefully the full three months if that's possible). I'm wondering if that's gonna raise any suspicion or issues on getting the visa? Because there will probably only be a month and a half between me getting back from the US and my program starting in the US, I really hope that's not a problem for my student visa getting approved.

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