How to Make the Most of Virtual College Tours

By IvyWise on Thursday, April 16, 2020

AdobeStock_329705302Maximize Your Virtual Touring Experience with These Tips

Typically, spring is a popular time for high school juniors and even some younger students to embark on a set of college tours meant to help future applicants better envision their best-fit environment. However, this isn’t an option this year, as campuses across the country have closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

While an in-person visit may be off the table for the time being, many colleges are going the extra mile to ensure students still have the opportunity to explore their campuses. Keep reading to learn more about how to make the most of your virtual experience.

Start with a Virtual Tour
While a virtual tour is not a true substitution for an on-campus visit, it is a great option for students who want an initial look at a school on their list or a final review of the choices they are considering. Many universities publish their own virtual tours to highlight campus landmarks, features, and quirks that set their school apart. Additionally, websites such as YouVisit and eCampus Tours provide virtual walkthroughs of hundreds of different colleges. CollegeWeekLive is another valuable option, as students have the opportunity to connect with professors and admissions officers to learn more about prospective choices.

Do Your Research
Whether you’re touring colleges in-person or virtually, research is a crucial piece of the puzzle. Students should look into different buildings of interest and dormitories, as well as various programs, courses, and extracurricular activities available on campus. Supplement your research with images of the campus to get a feel for what you are reading about.

Use Social Media to Your Advantage
Social media can be a valuable resource when it comes to learning more about your top choice colleges. Check out a school’s Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, and even Tik Tok accounts to learn more about what the campus has to offer from a new perspective. Explore groups and accounts created by various segments of the student body to gain a more comprehensive picture of the campus environment. Be sure to check out profiles that relate to your specific interests such as sports teams, majors and specialties, and various extracurricular activities.

Look into Virtual Information Sessions
Many colleges are offering virtual information sessions in lieu of the in-person experience. If you are a current junior whose college touring plans have been altered, be sure to sign up for these events to supplement your research. Information sessions are an opportunity for students to learn more about prospective colleges from admissions officers and ask pressing questions. It’s also a chance to demonstrate your interest in a specific institution, a factor that is frequently reviewed during the college admissions process.

Take Notes Throughout
Throughout every element of your college search, take notes to ensure you have something to refer back to. Jot down a list of opportunities and features that excite you, additional questions you wish to explore, and how you’re feeling about a given choice. Every college is looking to admit students who are passionate about their institution; by taking notes and doing your research, you can demonstrate your knowledge and enthusiasm for a given campus. Detailed notes can also help remind students of the unique qualities and characteristics that distinguish some options from all the others that they are considering. 

A change in your college search process can be disheartening, but it is possible to gain a comprehensive picture of each school on your best-fit list from your own home. If you are in the midst of your college search process and looking for expert guidance, get in touch with our team today.


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