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How to Plan a Virtual College Visit

Campus tours and program deep-dives are now more accessible than ever. Exploring these opportunities can help inform your decision to visit in person or apply. Use these tips to skip the technical difficulties and become a more active participant.

Prepare for Your Virtual Tour

  • Think about the things you want in a college and make a list of questions (proximity to groceries, housing options, student activities, degree programs offered, community amenities, costs, etc.).
  • If you are not attending a live virtual visit, schedule an appointment with an admissions officer to get all of your questions answered by an authoritative source.
  • When the option is offered, sign up to talk to a current student. This is a great way to ask some questions and learn about someone else’s experience at the school.
  • If possible, look up a digital copy of the student newspaper to learn about current events and glimpse the campus culture.
  • Research the community surrounding the campus. Look up local projects, libraries, recreation centers, hiking trails, nearby ski mountains, public transportation options, and make a list of shops or restaurants you might like to try. You are investigating the place you may end up living for the next 4-5 years, so you want to make sure it is a good fit!

Explore ALL of the Virtual Events

  • Many colleges and workforce training facilities offer robust virtual offerings. Students can now look forward to interactive exploration tools like live, 3D, 360-degree, and immersive tours that allow students to steer the experience. When in doubt, reach out to an admissions expert to ask about available online resources.
  • Look for upcoming live events, Q&A sessions, and opportunities to schedule a one-on-one appointment. Many institutions even offer students a choice for those meetings e.g., email, text, call, or video conference.

Take Notes

  • Keep a record of the schools you have (virtually) explored, and those you still want to. Bookmark your favorites and consider revisiting those virtual resources every few weeks to confirm your interest and/or compare them to any new favorite schools that you might have discovered.
  • Remember, your tuition, class size, and the available programs—among other things—are important factors to weigh.
  • Once you have narrowed down your list of favorites, consider planning an in-person visit. Or start following those institutions on social media.